Sunday, May 3, 2009

More Pentangle and the Lyke Wake Dirge

Commenting on my recent Pentangle post, friend of the Blog, Mead Hunter, praised that group’s stirring version of the “Lyke Wake Dirge” – a traditional English song about the soul’s travels after death. The verse is also a cautionary tale: Be charitable and kind to others, or karma’s gonna getcha.

You will find a nice “translation” of the text by Jeff Duntemann here.

I also found this beautiful a capella version by The Young Tradition, a mid-1960s folk revival trio that sang unaccompanied. For some time, they reportedly shared a house with John Renbourne and Bert Jansch from Pentangle. I don't remember having heard them, so this was a nice discovery:

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