We’re upping the mystical ante again with “Another blacksmith song and interestingly, Brown Adam has been exiled from his family and from civilisation – a feature common with Volundr who lived in the woods, forging magical rings to try and bring back his swan-maiden sweetheart.” This is Child ballad #98 and is, therefore, Scottish as most of the lyric sets available on line, such as this one on Mudcat, make clear from the dialect used. As Jon picked this one up from Martin Carthy it has been Anglicised and Martin also wrote his own tune for it. Given the Nordic influence over Scotland, it’s also quite possible that the saga has made it’s way through the years and either been integrated with other elements or more simply made to fit the storytellers requirements. Mainly Norfolk has the reference to Martin Carthy’s version, originally released on his Landfall album in 1971,the year that he quit Steeleye Span and still available on the CD of the same record.
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