Kate Rusby: ‘The Fairest of all Yarrow’

This is a live solo performance from back in 2001. Kate was already such a polished presenter of traditional songs.

Kate recorded this song with a band on her 1999 CD ‘Sleepless‘. It was re-recorded in 2002 for her tenth anniversary collection ‘Ten‘.

This song is a version of #215 in Francis James Child’s famous collection ‘The English and Scottish Popular Ballads’, generally known as ‘The Child Ballads’. I believe the tune is Kate’s own.

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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.

One thought on “Kate Rusby: ‘The Fairest of all Yarrow’”

  1. Love this Kate song, and this is a fine version of it. I chuckled when I heard her say that after a fit of the giggles in stage at the line “Saw you my… Willie?” she had to change the male character’s name to “Billy”!

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