March 11, 2018

The Legend of Tom Dula and other Tragic Love Ballads sung by Sheila Clark

Folkways Records FTS-31110

Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1986
Genre: Folk, World, & Country
Style: Folk, Ballad
A1 The Ballad of Tom Dula (3:47)
A2 The Ballad of Laura Foster (9:15)
A3 Cold, Cold Ground (4:18)
A4 Tom Dula's Own Ballad (2:00)
B1 House Carpenter (5:17)
B2 Come All Ye Fair Ladies (2:43)
B3 Silver Dagger (2:32)
B4 The Jealous Lover (3:22)
B5 The False Knight (5:20)
Sheila Clark (banjo/guitar/vocals)
Producer: John R. Craig, Designer: Ronald Clyne
Folk singer Sheila Clark sings songs of tragic love. The first four songs of the set tell the story of Tom Dula and the murder of Laura Foster, who may have been his fiancé. The title song "The Legend of Tom Dula" is the best-known, due in part by the 1958 folk hit "Tom Dooley"” made famous by the Kingston Trio. The five remaining songs include several Child ballads (“House Carpenter" and "The False Knight"). Clark sings and plays guitar with instrumental backup by David Johnson. The liner notes, written by album producer John R Craig, provide information about the legend of Tom Dula and complete lyrics for all the songs.

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