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‘AVIANTHROPY’ and the High Flying Ballad in The Earl of Mar’s Daughter.

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Folksinger and Creative Writing Lecturer Adrian May will sing this rare ballad in full and talk about bird, love and maturation symbolism.

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Folksinger and Creative Writing Lecturer Adrian May will sing this rarely-heard ballad in full and talk about bird, love and maturation symbolism. The mythic and historical elements of the long ballad and of ballads generally will also be discussed.

The Earl of Mar’s Daughter (Child 270) is a forty-one stanza ballad, ostensibly a happy love story. Turned into a fairytale by Joseph Jacobs, it is bizarre and fantastic.

It is also a tale of high magic and of people turning into birds and a mythic exploration of transformative flights of love, comparable with Cupid and Psyche.

The texts of the Child ballads (1882-1898) preceded the publication of the music by over sixty years, but hearing the ballad sung in full can give an insight into its dramatic and cumulative effects where the whole might be seen in its ritual purpose.

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