Jon calls this “A great song by Roger Wilson. Dan Plews has made this very much his own and it is something of an anthem in the Oxford session scene.”
Although Roger’s is a new name to me, I see he was a member of The House Band between 93-98 and has also played with Chris Wood and Martin Carthy. He’s obviously a writer, but hasn’t been exactly prolific with his own releases in a career of some 25 years. He has a brief entry on Wiki, but apart from that there’s little to add to the story of this fine song. I instinctively thought it American on first listening, which just goes to show how wrong you can be, but I love the detail in the song. Excellent stuff.