Month: December 2017

Song Shepherd

All the songs I collected and some I did not, together with street rhymes, tunes, tales and monologues are here.  Thankyou to the few who write comments, ask questions, express approval, and to the many who just happen quietly by. I like hearing from…

The Broom Of The Cowdenknowes

I recorded this particularly lovely version of the song a few days ago. It’s from an 1877 Scottish songbook of mine with a lost cover. Based upon a true story, The Broom Of The Cowdenknowes was first published in 1651. The shepherdess, banished from home by…

Deepest Love

Written by Rob Marshall.

Footprints In The Snow

Down In Our Village

‘Down In Our Village’ was printed in York between 1803 and 1848 on a song sheet I found in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.


Reynardine is a curious traditional song that was often printed by the Victorian ballad presses. Pomeroy is a village in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Wayfaring Stranger

Requested by Mrs SongShepherd this snowy morning; it’s one of her favourites.