R&P : Are you going to Scarborough Fair, or have you already been?

Hello late-night R&P :)

Some of you may know that I am working on a 'Scarborough Fair' Project, collecting various versions of the song to compile {both vocal and instrumental}.

Currently, I have 55 different versions, but I'm wondering what else is out there, and I figured the R&P community were most likely to know. So, what can you bring me?

BQ : Have you ever been to a Renaissance Fair? If so, what are they like?

BQ2 : Your favourite version of 'Scarborough Fair'?

BQ3 : What songs do you have more than one version of {by different artists}?

NP : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53gFHxScMcs

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Maid of Fail :

I *love* 'Mother Goose' :)

I have the Queensryche version of 'SF', and very good it is to.

Update 2:

Blotto : No, I've never heard of them.

The only site I can find it on won't let me play it :(

Update 3:

Captain Futility : Yes, I have all from Sarah Brightman to Gregorian, plus several others you mentioned ~ the Nigel Kennedy version is beautiful.

{it is best *never* to mention Claire Sweeney!}.

I couldn't quite get into Martin Carthy, but The Imagined Village was lovely.

I'm holding out hope that maybe one day Blackmore's Night will do a version...

Update 4:

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Some unusual versions people might like to try :

David Weiss ~ played on the Saw

Inca Son ~ panpipes

Leif Shires ~ piano {jazz}

Lori Pappajohn ~ harp

John Renbourn ~ wonderful 13 minute Folk version titled

'My Johnny a Shoemaker / Scarborough Fair / Westron'

Update 5:

Lex Van Someren ~ he whistles it...!

9 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    hi silver

    that's one of my favourite songs :)

    the version that immediately springs to mind would be by martin carthy - the little folk genius who introduced the song to paul simon in a london folk club.


    whilst looking for that, i found this - the imagined village (incorporating the aforementioned mr carthy)


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    i take it you have seen all the offerings on youtube?

    sarah brightman, celtic woman, marianne faithfull, and even gregorian chant by a german group called gregorian


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    a quick peek at allmusic gives you hundreds of versions - harry belafonte, nana mouskouri, glen campbell, bobbie gentry, the ventures, herbie hancock, justin hayward, nigel kennedy, sandie shaw, carly simon, and claire sweeney (maybe best to ignore that last one...)

    what a truly gorgeous project that must be - even with the inevitable awful exceptions.

    let me know when the boxset is available - i'll buy it

    ba: no

    ba2: simon and garfunkel's does take some beating

    ba3: probably other folk songs, like 'two sisters' - jim moray and grace notes. loads more, if i hadn't just woken up...

    (not sure about brainbox, though. sorry)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Being a Yorkshire lass, I've been to Scarborough on many an occasion.

    My favourite is Simon and Garfunkel, predictable, sorry...

    I listen to a lot of folk music and have lots of different versions of various standards, for example 'Matty Groves' by Fairport Convention is most people's favourite but I prefer Joan Baez's.

  • Cheryl
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    - Murders in the Rue Morgue by Iron Maiden, based on a short story of the same name by Edgar Allan Poe. - Stay Gold, Ponyboy by The Get Up Kids makes reference to The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton - Richard Cory by Simon and Garfunkel, based on the poem by Edwin Arlington Robinson Those are the only three that come to mind at the moment.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Is it really true, that there are elephants and lions too in Picadilly Circus?

    BA: Yes and no. Yes it claimed to be a Renaissance Fair, and no it wasn't really one because they had modern toilet facilities. I wan't the whole experience damn it!

    BA2: Savatage's version:


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    BA3: "Hallelujah". I have the original Jeff Buckley version as well as covers by John Cale, Leonard Cohen and Rufus Wainwright

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  • 1 decade ago

    Celtic Woman - Scarborough Fair... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_45W-Lq7ftw

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    BQ: no

    BQ2:Simon & Garfunkel

    BQ3: why to mention to mention them all, blowin' In The Wind, Johnny Be Goode, Painted Black, Yesterday and so on

    take care


  • 1 decade ago

    BQ 1 - never been

    BQ 2 - Queensryche's version from the empire remasterd cd

    BQ 3- none

    Source(s): Queensryche's empire remsterd cd with extra tracks
  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I hear they are really lenient on bad credit at Renaissance Fairs. I felt the need to say that

    I like S+F's version best because, well, they're awesome.

    Come together- Beatles

  • 1 decade ago

    No, but I might go to the Gumbo Festival!!!


    BQ2-Simon & Garfunkel's

    BQ3-Knock on Wood/Dylan/Clapton/Eddie Floyd/Wilson Pickett

    Source(s): one
  • blotto
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Do you have "The Coolies" version?


    Try this-


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