Here’s a little insight into the Boden repertoire as Jon says, “Arthur Knevett is a wonderful revival singer who Fay introduced me to (on cassette, not in person.) He’s got a similar approach to Lou Killen but with his own individual style and, perhaps most importantly, he digs up some great obscure songs, such as this one.”
Sadly Arthur remains elusive on the web so I can’t add much detail about him, although he sings a version of Lord Bateman on the Fellside Ballads CD. His style is described as “straightforward declamatory” in the sleeve notes. What that means I’m not exactly sure, but having given it a spin, I think he handles that particular epic with aplomb. This song is from the Copper’s collection and their site has this collected by Bob in Stopham, Sussex in 1954 from a council roadman called George Attrill. You can link here to the Copper’s web entry and note that it was published in Southern Songs And Breezes and Mainly Norfolk covers the Topic LP of the same name. You’ll see George’s version was included on that release. It’s a curiously jaunty little number that ends in tragedy and a cautionary tale to all. Finally, if you know more about Arthur Knevett please add to this as I’m intigued.
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