This enigmatic song was collected in Dorset in 1905 and collated with versions from Sussex, but still, as the Penguin Book Of English Folk Songs admits; ‘the meaning is not clear’.
A classic rag by George Botsford 1911. Don’t try this at home.
An ancient and widespread tale from the album Now & Then (see menu 4).
Whilst sorting out some old guitar class demo recordings I came across Matt Hyland, a song about which I know little, except that Martin Carthy heard it sung by a man whose name he didn’t recall in a northern Ireland folk club in the late…