A jolly antidote to yesterday’s dark deeds and Jon quips “I’m far too southern to sing this really but who cares,” attributing his source to The Watersons. Particularly Mike Waterson who leads on their recording, which can be found on the For Pence And Spicy Ale album. The sleeve notes for that offer this. Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson heard a man named Joe Udal sing this at a shepherd’s meet in the Lake District in 1974, and took a fancy to it. As well they might. Here’s a Mudcat thread for those seeking more information.
Another quick addition – I should probably have given you this link for Mainly Norfolk two days ago as then you are free to explore Reinhard’s fantastic resource at will. It’s been built over many years and was of huge benefit while researching and writing these notes.
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