Oxford Ramble

Speed the Plough



A Taste of Ale

Six for Gold

Knock at the Knocker, Ring at the Bell

The Robber Bird

Three Quarter Time

The 25th



Printed Source

Maud Karpeles (ed.), The Crystal Spring: English Folk Songs collected by Cecil Sharp, OUP, 1975.

As I walked through the Meadows

Oxford Ramble track 2

One of several fine songs which Cecil Sharp collected at Bampton in Oxfordshire from eighty-three year old Shepherd Hayden. This song was taken down on 11th September 1909. Versions of the song have been collected across Southern England, often under the title Queen of the May.

Sung unaccompanied by Ian Giles.

You can find a Bedfordhire version of the song at A Folk Song A Week Week 37 – Queen of the May

Watch Video
Magpie Lane / As I walked through the meadows / First of May
The start of our very first concert, 3rd May 1993, Holywell Music Room, Oxford.