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I went to Market
Last updated: 11.10.23
I went to market is a wonderful accumulative song which I transcribed from one of Wally Whyton's Folk Music programmes that had been taped in May 1983. Amongst my friends, this song is number 2 as was proved at a recent (April 1998) private musical gathering held at Peter Krüger's gallery, "Zeichnung und Malerie" in Vegesack. At the gathering, Steffi Lubrich and I did the song together (as you can hear and download). Unlike Going to the fair with my young man I noted that it was sung by the The Watersons who gave, in my opinion, the definitive rendering.
In this version one buys a cock, hen, duck, goose, pig, sheep, cow and then finally a wife. That the wife says, "Dammit!", on being fed under a tree shouldn't actually surprise anyone. That audiences are always surprised always surprises me. At that point in the song there is always some laughter, grinning or giggling.
  Issue Instruments Performer
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audiodbemp315.gif Ditty Box Vocal Duo, Concertina Geoff Grainger
     Performer CD Title Supplier
cd15.gif Geoff Grainger Ditty Box dbe15.gif
cd15.gif The Watersons Green Fields CD(s) & MP3 Album(s) flag15us.gif flag15uk.gif flag15de.gif flag15fr.gif flag15ca.gif flag15it.gif flag15es.gif
     Title Performer Composer
youtube15.jpg I went to Market (3:39) The Watersons