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Banks of Green Willow, The

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Performer: Grubb, George
Place Collected: Ewen
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 172

This song, nearly two centuries old, still holds a spell for today’s folk singers and is often heard in folk clubs and concerts. The story line may seem rather far fetched these days but the rolling meter and impressive tune hold people’s attention. Most collected versions are from southern England but Scottish versions have also been found.


Notes by Gwilym Davies 13 March 2016