Anilbalan’s Ghost Cities: New post Scarborough Fair

by

A pretty tune, quite haunting, but Hugh Paxton’s Blog never had a clue what Scarborough Fair was actually about. I’m still somewhat in the dark but, thanks to Anilbalan’s latest post on his excellent Ghost Cities Blog, at least I know what the herbs mean. I think.

Subject: [New post] Scarborough Fair

New post on Ghost Cities

428d7275e7edf3274bffe1efbfd09857?s=32&d=http%3A%2F%2Fs0.wp.com%2Fi%2Femails%2Fblavatar.png&ts=1437267794
99cc285c90a3d69b2e470c8d9623e59b?s=50&d=identicon&r=G

Scarborough Fair

by ghostcities

Scarborough Fair is a traditional English ballad about the Yorkshire town of Scarborough. Today, Scarborough is a quiet town with a rich history: in the 1600s, mineral waters were found in Scarborough and it became a popular holiday resort. Long before this, however, it hosted the ‘Scarborough Fair’ – a popular gathering in Medieval times, which attracted traders and entertainers from all over the country. The fair lasted 45 days and started every August 15th. In the Medieval period, this fair gave its name to a popular folk song that became widely known as Bards would sing it when they traveled from town to town. The author of the original song is unknown, and today many different versions exist, the best known of which is probably the one by Simon & Garfunkel. Paul Simon learned about this song when he was on tour in England, where he heard a version by a popular folk singer named Martin Carthy. The traditional version has many more lyrics, some of which are quite sinister and replete with mythological associations.

Read more of this post

ghostcities | July 19, 2015 at 2:00 am | Tags: Scarborough Fair, Simon & Garfunkel, The Elfin Knight | Categories: Folklore, History, Legend, Mythology | URL: http://wp.me/p1Pozr-pT

Comment See all comments
Unsubscribe to no longer receive posts from Ghost Cities.
Change your email settings at Manage Subscriptions.

Trouble clicking? Copy and paste this URL into your browser:
http://anilbalan.com/2015/07/19/scarborough-fair/

Thanks for flying with wp-footericon.pngWordPress.com

b.gif?host=anilbalan.com&blog=27025517&post=1605&subd=anilbalan&ref=&email=1&email_o=wpcom

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: