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There are many versions of this song; the earliest were from a woman’s point of view and make more sense, as you may discern, but all are a lovely part of the folk tradition.
The words of ‘Down In Our Village’ were printed in York between 1803 and 1848 on a broadside I found in the Bodleian Library, Oxford.
The song came from Bert Lloyd. I never asked where he found it, but all the Victorian broadsheet presses printed versions. The illustration is by Rowlandson.
Mary Spence of Patterdale had this song from her great-aunt, Sarah Foster, who came from Sedbergh in Cumbria. Mary wrote: “My great-aunt learned it from a travelling tailor who came to mend her father’s clothes, probably between 1804 and 1807. … Continue reading
Adieu My Lovely Nancy, a familiar theme, was collected by Max Hunter from Mrs Bertha Lauderdale of Fayetteville, Arkansas, in 1959. Verse 6 is from a Sussex version collected in 1898 by Mrs K Lee. The Illustration is a detail … Continue reading
Lucille Blake, folk singer and teacher, then living in Hertford, first drew my attention to this song in 1967. I have another version in which the lady refuses every gift from the young man, until finally accepting his wealth, at … Continue reading
From my large collection of songs gathered mostly during my years in folk clubs. Nobody’s Come To Marry Me… sang two girls in unison under a single light at a dim, crowded Daventry folk club in 1967. Their twinkling eyes … Continue reading
Among the loveliest of English traditional songs, and one I sing all year round.
Not all recruiting sergeants got their man. Arthur McBride came from a BBC field recording of a singer in Walberswick, Suffolk in 1939 (East Anglia had a sizeable a sizeable population of Irish labour in the 19th century) and Bert … Continue reading