British Folk Review: Willie O’ Winsbury

In lieu of a proper post, I’m going to try something new. Namely, sharing a couple different versions of a folk song. This week, you get “Willie O’ Winsbury,” Child Ballad 100 (Roud 64). It’s a Scottish song that dates back at least the eve of the American Revolution according to Wikipedia.

Here’s the inimitable Anne Briggs performing it:

And here’s the always enjoyable Pentangle with their version:

And, more recently, we have Ye Vagabonds out of Ireland with their take on it:

My toddler requests (nay, demands!) this last version at bedtime.

I hope this collection brightens your day.


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