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



The Standing Stones

Wassail track 19

A murder ballad from John and Ethel Findlater of Orkney. Learned from Peter Kennedy's Folk Songs of Britain and Ireland.

You can hear recordings of Ethel Findlater singing this song on the fantastic Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches archive. According to the notes on that site:

This song first appears in John Mooney's 'Songs of the Norse' (1883) under the title 'The Lovers - A West Mainland Legend'. It involves the Odin Stone, a monolith in Stenness, Orkney that was used by couples in a betrothal ritual during which they would join hands through a hole in the stone; the stone was destroyed by an immigrant farmer in 1814.

For more on the Odin Stone, see www.orkneyjar.com/history/odinstone/