Monday, August 12, 2019

Black Jack Davey

Black Jack Davey is from a Scottish ballad first noted in the 1700s, under title variants such as "Wraggle Taggle Gypsies O" or "The Gypsy Laddie".  It usually concerns the tale of a lady abandoning her husband and baby to run off with her Gypsy lover (scandalous!). Or sometimes, the Gypsies are kidnapping her or putting her under a spell. It has been recorded by many artists over the years.
The version I used for making my dulcimer tab is from a 1958 recording of Lula Davis of Arkansas, thanks to the Max Hunter collection online.  Click this link to actually hear her sing it.
I include this ballad here because it has a lovely yet very simple melody to play on the dulcimer.  You can sing the wonderful lyrics with or not... or perhaps get a singing friend to sing them while you play.  Enjoy!

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