Kate Rusby: The Blind Harper

The oldest version of ‘The Blind Harper’ in Francis Childs’ ‘The English and Scottish Popular Ballads’ dates back to 1791, but there are undoubtedly older versions. Nic Jones recorded his version on his 1978 album ‘From the Devil to a Stranger’, and most recordings since then have been strongly influenced by his. Kate Rusby has never concealed the fact that she regards Nic Jones as her musical hero, and her version follows his pretty closely, although her musical arrangement is quite different.

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Tim Chesterton

Family man; pastor of St. Margaret's Anglican Church on Ellerslie Road, Edmonton; storyteller; traditional folk musician and occasional songwriter. Email me at timchesterton at outlook dot com.

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