Matty Groves

Song composer(s)


Grateful Dead Recordings

Not recorded by the Dead

Dead Related Recordings

No Dead related recordings entered

Other Recordings

British Traditional Ballads Of The Southern Mountains (Vol. 2) : Jean Ritchie (1961)
Two-Way Trip : Ewan McColl (1961)
Joseph Able Trivett : Joseph Able Trivett (1962)
In Concert : Joan Baez (1962)
Dulcimer Songs & Solos : Paul Clayton (1962)
Folk At The Phil! : The Spinners (1964)
Old Love Songs & Ballads from the Big Laurel, North Carolina : Various Artists (Dillard Chandler) (1964)
Home Again : Doc Watson (1967)
Pretty Saro : Hedy West (1966)
Prince Heathen : Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick (1969)
Sings Folk Songs : Shep Ginandes (196?)
Introducing The Beers Family : The Beers Family (196?)
Liege & Lief : Fairport Convention (1970)
Ballad Book : Joan Baez (1972)
Live : Fairport Convention (1974)
Songs & Ballads : Frankie Armstrong (1976)
Mother Jones' Will : Nimrod Workman (1978)
Brighter Than Usual : Bodgers Mate (1978)
Farewell, Farewell : Fairport Convention (1980)
House Full : Fairport Convention (1986)
History Of : Fairport Convention (1989)
Just Gimme Something I'm Use To : Norman & Nancy Blake (1992)
Collection : John Jacob Niles (19??)
The Asch Recordings, 1939 to 1945, Vol. 2 : Various Artists (John Jacob Niles) (19??)

Performance History

Possibly played by Garcia at the Chateau in Menlo Park on November 18th 1961, though no tape circulates.

Not performed by the Grateful Dead. Occurs only on pre-Dead tapes featuring future members of the dead.


Collected by Child (Ballad No. 81) as Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard. Occurs in many ballad collections with a great variety of titles including; Little Mattie, Little Matha Groves, Lord Orland's Wife, Lord Arnold, Lord Daniels Wife, Lord Banner, Little Musgrave, Little Musgrave & Lady Barnard and so on. Matty Groves has become the 'standard' title in recent times.

A fragment of the text of the song occurs in the Fletcher & beaumont play The Knight of the Burning Pestle from 1611.

Parts of the text were entered in the Stationers Register in 1630.

Earliest record of a tune connected with the text is from 1827.

The song appeared to have died out in the oral tradition in Britain in the 19th century. All 20th century collections of the song have been in the US where it remained widely distributed.