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



Shepherds' Song

Speed the Plough track 19

The Robber Bird track 4

The Speed the Plough CD liner notes state that this song was collected by Lucy Broadwood. This is true, but Graham Metcalfe, who recorded the song with us, was quick to point out that he had it from the great Shropshire singer, Fred Jordan. In fact it turns out that Fred Jordan, always on the look-out for a good song, learned it – probably in the 1960s – from folksong collector Fred Hamer; and Hamer had indeed got it from Lucy Broadwood’s English County Songs.

On Speed the Plough, sung a cappella by Graham Metcalfe and Ian Giles.

On The Robber Bird, paired with Bobbing Joe and Glorishears