Another of the Child ballads (#216) and a bit of an epic too, of which Jon says, “Jim Moray sang a great version of this at the Nic Jones concert at Sidmouth last year. He explained that he had grown up thinking that it was about the cold war (Russians in the Clyde water) – I’ve not been able to think of it quite the same since. Both Kate Rusby’s and Nic Jones’s original version are well worth checking out.”
I’ve just been playing Game Set And Match and the version on it called Clyde Water is superb. I’ll compare and contrast with Penguin Eggs when I get home, but I picked up from a Mudcat post that Nic’s wife didn’t like the latter, recorded as The Drowned Lovers and it seems that Nic may have agreed. This link makes an interesting couple of minutes’ worth as the admissions from Nic about his working methods are revealing. It’s also where the above suggestion of dissatisfaction comes from. Mainly Norfolk compares and contrasts Nic’s version with Martin Carthy’s. I didn’t find much on Mudcat to add, so if Joe or anyone else can provide any good links they’ll as always be appreciated. Meanwhile, Mainly Norfolk offers a straight A/B between Martin Carthy and Nic Jones.
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