DESCRIPTION: Katie agrees to marry the singer but marries Mike Whelan instead
AUTHOR: Mark Walker (1846-1924) (Source: Philip Hiscock of MUNFLA, Canadian Folk Music Bulletin 37.2, 2003)
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA/Leach)
KEYWORDS: courting infidelity marriage
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
REFERENCES (1 citation):
Lehr/Best 69, "Lovely Katie-o" (1 text, 1 tune)
Jack C. Molloy, "Cruel Katie-O" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
NOTES [83 words]: Mark Walker is listed as the author of several popular Newfoundland songs, "Tickle Cove Pond," "Fanny's Harbour Bawn," "The 'Antis' of Plate Cove," and "Lovely Katie-O"; a family tradition also says that he wrote "The Star of Logy Bay." See the notes to that song for discussion of the matter.
Lehr/Best, who support the attribution to Walker, suggest that Walker had a tough time with women; he "was courting one Katie, when Mike Whelan, a chap from Indian Arm... made off with the lovely maid." - RBW
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