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





Double Lead Through

Oxford Ramble track 16

Country dance tune from the playing of William Kimber of Headington Quarry. The title no doubt referred to a figure in the dance which it accompanied. The tune sounds like it might be a version of The Triumph, but Paul Burgess's entry on the tune on Folkopedia states:

Originally a French tune, written by Charles Lecoq and included in his three act opéra-comique 'La fille de Madame Angot' which was first produced in Brussels at the Théâtre des Fantaisies-Parisiennes on the 4 December 1872. The piece caused a sensation in Britain where it ran for a consecutive five-hundred nights and then appeared in London in various forms as well as being extensively toured... It is still a great favourite with the French, and is still, apparently, played almost continuously in the Asterix theme park, south of Paris.

- this last piece of information having been provided from personal experience by the dance caller Hugh Rippon!

Watch Video
Girl with the Blue Dress on / Double Lead Through
Holywell Music Room, Oxford, 3rd May 1993.