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





Bonny Christchurch Bells

Oxford Ramble track 12

Performed as both a sung catch, and as a dance tune. The round was, like Great Tom is cast, composed by Dean Aldrich of Christ Church. The tune is taken from Playford, where it first appeared in the 6th edition of 1679.

The tune was also used for a number of ballads, and in ballad operas including William Gay's Polly. It is also included in John Clare's manuscripts.

Preceded on the CD by Great Tom is cast and Old Tom of Oxford