Jon says “Ian Giles recorded this with the fabulous Folly Bridge (now reissued on Wild Goose I believe). Ian was supposed to be singing it at the Christening of our God-daughter but was called away at the last minute so we learnt this in the car on the way. Mighty chorus, particularly in a church.”
A very pleasant and unexpected surprise as I wasn’t tipped off about the duo performance here, regrettably, however, the Folly Bridge CD is currently unavailable. I’ll try and find out whether a repress is on the cards and let you know, but it’s unlikely. Anyway my first encounter with this song was on the excellent Mawkin:Causley EP Cold Ruin, although they changed the tune somewhat as well as the title, their version being called Come My Lads. You’ll see at Mainly Norfolk that there’s a transcription along with the note that this was possibly originally a Grange song. “A what?” I hear you ask. Well if you’re anything like me then this link will come as news to you. I must say it makes more sense of the song for me as it seems to be a song of comradeship rather than simply a drinking song. Once again Mudcat takes a little ramble in the getting there, but this isn’t one of those epic threads and is worth a few minutes, especially for the final comment. Whether true or not, that’s folk folks. A real spirit lifter (ouch!) this one. I can’t help but think that the Christening must have been very special.