Jon says, “I learnt this one from Bert Lloyd but the best version I’ve heard is Swarb and Carthy on the Carthy Chronicles. Mighty stuff.”
Martin is quick to credit Bert for this and the good work that he did rescuing it and similar ballads from obscurity. Mainly Norfolk offers the insight of their respective sleeve notes and it’s also interesting to see Bert claim to have “dusted it off a bit.” Given his reputation, that could mean all manner of intervention, but this works well, so it’s perhaps churlish to suggest any tampering. I’m also interested by Berts notes about the provenance of the name and the legendary character passing through history. I like Bert Jansch’s version too and may like a gander down this Mudcat thread for an expanded version with some verses added that he recorded with Pentangle. But it’s probably appropriate to hear the fiddle rather than guitar as the instrument on this. You may also like a quick contrast and compare with Glenkindie on Mudcat that I note is Child #67. I can’t help but feel that with the help of Spec Savers another tragedy could have been avoided, but you can’t help but marvel at the lusty progress of events.