Folklorist Derek Piotr teams with Death is Not the End for a third outing, this time plumbing the depths of every archive from West Virginia University to the British Library in search of versions of the ballad Lamkin. Following the template set by Charlie Seeger with his seminal Barbara Allen compilation, Piotr's collection outs versions of the bloody ballad from the last ninety years; most of these renditions haven't been heard by anyone but their original recordists for decades.
Curated and edited by Derek Piotr.
"Serenity" portrait of Lily Delorme courtesy of the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT.
Special thanks to: Duke University and Ed Proffitt, West Virginia University and John Cuthbert, Indiana University and the Archives of Traditional Music, Middlebury College and the Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection, Memorial University of Newfoundland Folk and Language Archives and Pauline Cox, Nova Scotia Archives and the Helen Creighton Collection, University College of Dublin, The Library of Congress and Allina Migoni, Bobby McMillon, Sarah Bryan, Laura McCarthy, Jonathan Roper, Peggy Seeger, Lorna Morris Cyr, Kurt, Mark, and Steve Zembsch, Genevieve Lehr, Luke Owen, and the entire Bare clan.
released April 1, 2022
1. Aunt Nancy Prather (Age 73) - Beau Lamkins - Milam, NC, USA
2. Sabra Bare Hampton (Age 49) - Bolenkin - near Morganton, NC, USA
3. Mary Jane Dyson (Age 86) - Lord Daniels ("Lodkin”) - Lundale, WV, USA
4. Floyd Carpenter (Age 69) - Loud Cain (Bow Lamkins) - Sutton, WV, USA
5. Lydia Gyderson (Age 93) - False Lankfear - Mt. Holly, NJ, USA
6. Reuben Edwards (Age 54) - O Lampkins - Downsville, NY, USA
7. Adam Morris (Age 56) - Lamkin - Kingman, ME, USA
8. Lily Delorme (Age 72) - Lamkin - Cadyville, NY, USA
9. Bertha Eldred (Age 74) - False Lamkin - Belvedere, VT, USA
10. Mose Harris (Age 65) - The Limkin - Lethbridge, N.L., CA
11. Clarence Bennett (Age 45) - Bold Ankin - St. Paul’s, N.L., CA
12. Nathan Hatt (Age 84) - Lincoln Was a Mason - N.S., CA
13. Irene Carlisle (Age 33) - False Lampkins - Fayetteville, AR, USA
14. Nathan & Rena Hicks (Ages 43 and 40) - Bol’ Lamkin - Rominger, NC, USA
15. Bobby McMillon (Age 69) - Bo Lamkin - Celo, Burnsville, NC, USA
16. Terry Yarnell (Age 29) - Lamkin - Beckingham, Kent, UK
17. Mary Sweeney - False Lampin, Termonfeckin, Co. Louth, IE
1 recorded by Frank Clyde Brown, August 5, 1939.
2 recorded by Herbert Halpert, April 19, 1939.
3 recorded by Louis Watson Chappell, August 29, 1940.
4 recorded by Louis Watson Chappell, August 30, 1939.
5 recorded by Herbert Halpert, July 8, 1937.
6 recorded by Herbert Halpert, August 21, 1941.
7 recorded by Phillips Barry, September 12, 1934.
8 recorded by Helen Hartness Flanders, December 8, 1941.
9 recorded by Helen Hartness Flanders, October 23, 1958.
10 recorded by Genevieve Lehr, March 12, 1977.
11 recorded by Herbert Halpert, September 11, 1971.
12 recorded by Helen Creighton, May, 1952.
13 recorded by Vance Randolph, September, 1941.
14 recorded by Herbert Halpert, April 13, 1939.
15 recorded by Derek Piotr, May 8, 2021.
16 recorded by Peggy Seeger, July 16, 1968.
17 recorded by Seán Corcoran, December 16, 1971.