Bob Frank : Little Gest Of Robin Hood

CD [Cover Art for Bob Frank / Little Gest Of Robin Hood] Your Price: $18.20
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Sell date: 7/2002
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Mfg's Catalog#: 5637229
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 Notes & Reviews
'One of the nation's greatest songwriters.' Ron Wynn, Nashville City Paper. 'An engrossing acoustic adaptation of the 456-stanza 15th century narrative poem.' website, October 25, 2002. Bob's CD, A Little Gest of Robin Hood, is one of the most unusual CD's on the market. In fact, I will go so far as to say, it is unique. There is nothing else out there like it. What it is, is Bob Frank performing his version of the oldest and longest Robin Hood ballad in existence. This thing was originally written in the 1400's or earlier, first printed in the early 1500's, and considered just an old dead artifact for 600 years. Then Bob Frank got a hold of it. He translated it from Middle English into modern English, put his own tune to it (there wasn't any music for it that anybody knew of), memorized all 456 verses of it, and recorded it on digital equipment right there in the upstairs bedroom of his home, on Robin Hood Drive. If you want to hear a 21st century rendition of a 15th century song, one with all the old medieval flavor still intact, this is the CD you've been searching for. With all the colorful characters, the action-packed story, the vivid language, and the strong moral thread that weaves it all together, this thing is prettier than a painting, better than a book and more fun than a movie. It's told in a bold narrative voice amidst the age-old setting of an acoustic guitar. If you want to spend an hour and twenty minutes shoulder to shoulder with Robin Hood and his strong young men, you don't need to wait any longer. Your ticket to the greenwood is right here. By the way, college professors in England, Canada, and the U.S. are using this CD in their classes on Medieval Literature and History. This is the father of all outlaw ballads. This is the one all the other ones came from. Remember 'Jesse James'? This is the original 'Jesse James.' If you care anything about outlaw songs, you will love this CD. We guarantee it. Remember Waylon Jennings? This is the song he was always looking for. Praise from Professionals and Fans Alike On Bob's CD of the Gest: 'Dear Bob -- I have indeed listened to it and loved it -- I really had expected to be disappointed just a little, because your own live performance was so good, but so much was conveyed that I was completely delighted. What's more, one of my Renaissance colleagues was so interested when she heard me plugging it that when I lent her one, she returned the next day with ten dollars, wanting to keep it -- apparently her son had loved it!' Chris Chism Assistant Professor of English, Rutgers University 'Hi Bob, the CD arrived today, and the package looks great! Thanks' I am teaching Robin Hood next semester, and I plan to play the CD in class. I will also order a copy for our audio-visual center.' Thomas Ohlgren Professor of Medieval Studies, Purdue University Editor of Medieval Outlaws and co-editor of Robin Hood and Other Outlaw Tales 'I got your CD, Bob! And I wanted to extend a very big greenwood thank you for your great courtesy. Not just for sending me the CD, but for actually recording it in the first place. I think you've done the legend a great service' I'm really in awe of the witty modernization of some lines ' very, very impressive. And your delivery is just perfect! Dramatic, witty, warm, thoroughly human -- it really demonstrates that the Gest was meant to entertain people, not sit in some dusty book on a dusty shelf. So, once again -- thanks!' Allen Wright Webmaster of 'Robin Hood ' Bold Outlaw of Barnsdale and Sherwood' Toronto, Ottawa, Canada If you want to learn the story behind how and why Bob resurrected this ballad from the old musty pages of a library book, here it all is, in his own words: A Translation That's Not Really a Translation of a Song Nobody Can Sing I first came across the Lytell Geste of Robyn Hode back in 1973, in James P. Child's The English and Scottish Popular Ballads. I was trying to write a story about Robin Hood, and I figured I would check out some of the original sources. This old ballad, originally printed by Wynkyn

First Fit: Little John, Much & Scarlett Bring the Gentle Knigh
Second Fit: the Gentle Knight Holds His Day & Settles Up With
Third Fit: Little John Is the Sheriff's Man & Steals His Money
Fourth Fit: Little John, Much & Scarlett Bring the Wealthy Mon
Fifth Fit: the Sheriff Holds An Archery Contest. & Breaks His
Sixth Fit: the Sheriff Takes the Knight. & Robin Takes the Sh
Seventh Fit: the King Goes to Bernsdale Looking for Robin Hood
Eighth Fit: Robin Lives With the King for Twelve Months, & The