Bob Pegg’s song has a typical battle where, thanks to the Doctor (look out for the top hatted figure in the photos!) all ends in harmony and accord, as of course it must.
Click on a mosaic picture for a larger view and the name of the mummers or location, where known. Wikipedia has a good article on mummer’s plays and an online search will yield a host of mummers’ web sites all over Britain.
I think the song was written in 1978. The painting is by John too.
The photograph was taken yesterday in ‘the magpie streets of Shrewsbury town’, to quote Patience Strong.
In case you wonder, the gentleman with the bicycle is Edward Elgar. We have that much in common. I’m fairly sure he didn’t write the song.
From a unique album of veteran songs of the wheeling life compiled from early publications and folk tradition.