The Wandering Ballad – Song no. 3: Earl Brand

This is the third in a series of blogs about the songs on our new CD “The Wandering Ballad”. The story of Earl Brand has been sung in ballad form far and wide, for centuries. A young girl is secretly in love with a young man. He comes and whisks her away and the two young lovers take off on horseback. However, the girl’s father and seven brothers are fast on their heels. When they catch up with the runaways there is a terrible fight. The young man kills the girl’s father and brothers. He himself is mortally wounded and the story ends in tragedy. I have found that versions of this story have been sung in ballad form in Scandinavia, the U.K., the U.S., France and Punjab in India. I am sure the

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