Musical Traditions Club dates:
King & Queen, Foley Street, London W1 6DL - Junction of Foley Street/Cleveland Street. Nearest tube Goodge Street. Monthly, Fridays, 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Admission: (note new prices) £8, concs. £7 (Members £7, concs £6). On the door, from 7.30.
For further information see our website: www.mustradclub.co.uk or to leave name & address for membership, ring 020 8340 0530 or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dec 14 - The legendary Islington Folk Club Xmas Party
- Jan 18 - Burns Night with Racker Donnelly and Carol Anderson
- Feb 8 - special guest tbc
- Mar 1 - Roisin White
- Apr 12 - Peter and Barbara Snape
- May 17 - Will Noble
- Jun 7 or 14 tbc
- Closed July August
- Sept 13 - Nancy Kerr
- Oct 25 - Irish guest (tie-in with Return to Camden)
Cellar Upstairs Club dates
All our nights are now held in the Calthorpe Arms, 252 Gray's Inn Road, WC1X 8JR (on the corner of Wren Street; 020 7278 4732). King's Cross, Russell Square and Chancery Lane tube stations are about 10 minutes walk away, and various buses go down (and up) Gray's Inn Road. For information, call 020 7281 7700, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Information: 020 7281 7700, email@example.com or www.cellarupstairs.org.uk
- 12 January: Rattle on the Stovepipe
- 19 January: Frankie Armstrong
- 26 January: Chris Miles
- 2 February: Tom Reid and Gemma Khawaja
- 9 February: the Copper Family
- 16 February: Camisoles, Rissoles and Dover Soles: Dan Quinn and Ian Kearey
- 23 February: Long Hill Ramblers
- 2 March: Rosie Stewart
- 9 March: Rob Johnson
- 16 March: Jacquelyn Hynes and Racker Donnelly (for St Patrick’s day)
- 23 March: Martin Carthy *. NB: entrance by ticket or pay on the door
- 30 Mar: David Campbell
- 6 April: Kate Lissauer
- 27 April: Amsher
- 4 May: Kevin and Ellen Mitchell
- 11 May: Jack Rutter
- 18 May: John Kirkpatrick
- 25 May: closed for bank holiday
- 1 June: The Fraser Sisters
- 8 June: Hector Gilchrist and Carol Anderson
- 15 June: Dave Webber and Anni Fentiman
Entrance: Members: £6, non-members: £8, except on nights marked *, when it will be £7 and £9.
Membership: £4 for the year
Resident Performers: Gail Williams and Jim Younger, Peta Webb and Ken Hall, Sue Williams & Frankie Cleeve, Bob Wakeling, Katrina Rublowska.
The Maria Marten ballad
Among the purchasers of our most recent CD release, Freda Palmer: Leafield Lass (MTCD375-6), was Tom Pettitt, Affiliate Research Professor at the Centre for Medieval Literature and Cultural Studies Institute at the University of Southern Denmark. Tom has alerted me to something which really ought to have been commented upon in the booklet notes; that the song Maria Marten (Roud 18814) is not the one normally known by this name. Indeed, there have been at least nine broadside ballads dealing with the murder of Maria Marten, although only two appear to have made it into the oral tradition. The 'usual' one (Roud 215), titled The Murder of Maria Marten, which usually has the first line: "Come all you thoughtless young men", was published by many of the main broadside printers and was collected extensively from performance tradition in England in course of the 20th century. Indeed, it was long thought that it was only this version that had passed into oral tradition.
However, another song on the same subject was collected by George Gardiner from George Digweed, of Micheldever, Hampshire, in 1906. Subsequently it was found in the repertoire of both Sally Sloane, of Lithgow, New South Wales, and the Bobbin family, also of New South Wales. Subsequent to that, Mike Yates recorded it from Freda Palmer in 1972. It appears that this song was titled The Suffolk Tragedy, or the Red Barn Murder in its broadside printing, with a first line: "Young lovers all I pray draw near and listen unto me".
Tom Pettitt has very kindly created a special composite document for publication as MT Article 316, of which he writes:
This document and my 'discursive' bibliographies on other murdered sweetheart ballads are available on academia.edu, but access seems increasingly complex, and the fact that there is more than one broadside ballad about Maria Marten seems not to have gained much of a foothold in discussion. I am accordingly grateful to Musical Traditions for facilitating this supplementary mediation. The exercise has also resulted in some updating of the material and the mending of broken links.
I would suggest that this article, together with the links to other works found within it, should tell you pretty-much all you might ever need to know about Maria Marten and her place among the 'murdered sweetheart' ballads. Had I read this first, I wouldn't have written notes about the wrong song in the booklet!
Rod Stradling - 19.4.18
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