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Scarborough Fair

Traditional English

Arranged by Ollie Lambert

6 parts - SAATBB


This folk song from the Middle Ages refers to an old market fair in Scarborough, Yorkshire that existed from the 14th to 18th century. The melody, later made famous by Simon & Garfunkel, was first notated by British folk song enthusiast Ewan MacColl in 1947. He learnt the song from Mark Anderson, a retired lead miner from Teesdale in County Durham, who is credited with passing on a huge number of English folk songs. The lyrics speak of unrequited love: it is revealed that the speaker can only be reunited with their love once a series of impossible tasks have been completed.

Scarborough Fair

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