Bar’bry Allen

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The earliest known mention of this song is an Englishman Samuel Pepys’s 1666 diary. The origin of the folk song is questionable, some attributing it to England, others to Scotland or Ireland. It traveled the Atlantic Ocean and arrived in the Appalachian mountains of America where legendary folk singers added new versions to the ever-growing collection; in 1960 the number of known version was documented at over 100. At least a dozen contemporary singers have since recorded their own special take on this piece, with both text and melody often altered to suit the style of the singer.

The folk tale of Bar’bry Allen is always pretty much the same, although her name gets various spellings, and her lover receives varied names, the most common being Sweet William.  Along the way, the tune has been subject to much more variation than the story, suggesting it was easier to recall the story than the melody, or that folk singers simply liked to give the melody their own personal twist, or that the story got written down but not the tune. 

Beth Beauchamp

Having worked as a professional musician, a music-educator, and the Executive Director of a number of non-profit arts organizations, Beth has over 10 years of experience in catering to the unique needs of artists. Beth believes that the talent, education, and skill-sets of her clients have inherent worth. As a passionate artist advocate, she aims to help her artists improve the quality of their own lives by encouraging them to honor the value of their own work, and by creating materials which allow them to champion their art with confidence. Equally interested in building community, Beth aims to create a roster of artists who are excited to support and collaborate together.