Discovery of a traditional 19th Century folk ballad – World Premiere of The Countryman’s Ramble Through Crewkerne – Fri 14 Aug

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Friday 14th August: World Premiere of The Countryman’s Ramble Through Crewkerne.

Somerset singer songwriter and true troubadour Reg Meuross had been searching for a traditional folk song about Crewkerne for decades. Fellow Crewkerne resident, Victoria Le-Fort, had been doing her own research and found The Countryman’s Ramble on an online page of a folksong book archived in Canada!

The town invited Reg to set the ballad to music, and to teach it to local vocal group the Crewners for a special event on Friday 14th August. The song tells the tale of the countryman as he roamed the town… and fits perfectly with the visual pub crawl of the museum’s current exhibition. Pub Crawl in Crewkerne: A History of Pubs and Inns. This is a very special event. Tickets are limited so please book really soon.

Reg and the Crewkerne Crewners will be singing the ballad together at the Crewkerne and District Museum this Friday 14 August, between 7 and 9pm. Reg Meuross BW at Roots Doncaster 12 Dec 2014

Tickets are £7 and include entrance to the exhibition and light refreshments. They can be booked by phoning 01460 77079 or emailing crewkernemuseum@hotmail.co.uk or by calling into the Museum or the Local Information Centre.

 

LYRICS

You Crewkerne Heroes, great and small, come listen all around Sir

I came from silly Devonshire, to visit Crewkerne Town Sir

At the Volunteer I did begin, and fought a dozen rounds Sir

They knocked me from the Antelope, right into the Greyhound Sir

CHORUS 

Here and there and everywhere

They knocked me up and down Sir

I’ll ever rue the day I came

To visit Crewkerne Town Sir

At the Sawyers Arms I do declare, a Cobbler hit me right slap

And with a ball of wax he knocked me bang into the Crown Tap

At the New Inn and the Royal Oak, I had a dreadful loss Sir

So they pelted me with cabbage stumps right into the White Horse Sir

CHORUS

At the White Lion and Cross Keys, they cursed me pretty well sir

So off I went to take a glass, and visit the Five Bells sir

A lady gay, mark what I say, with me began to wrestle

And with her bustle wallopped me right slap into the Castle

CHORUS

I went into King William, they filled me with alarm Sir

So they knocked me from the Trotting Horse into the Brewers Arms Sir

So off into the Swan I went, all for to get a bed Sir

They kicked me from tho Red Lion, right into the Nags Head Sir

CHORUS

At the White Hart next, and the Kings Arms, they flaired me up like winkey

Old Ebdege with a mutton pie, he set my eyes a blinking

And knocked me slap into the George, believe me it is true sir

And Peper with her bustle bad, she beat me black and blue sir

CHORUS

I went back to the William, old Champey knocked me down Sir

and with a sh— blanket beat me over our Town sir

With his come-than-them he played a tune, and lab-a-lew the spear sir

He lost his hat, oh what a flat! And then I pulled his hair sir.

CHORUS

I went back to the William, old Champey knocked me down Sir

and with a sh— blanket beat me over our Town sir

With his come-than-them he played a tune, and lab-a-lew the spear sir

He lost his hat, oh what a flat! And then I pulled his hair sir.

CHORUS

So to conclude, and make an end, believe me all around, sir,

I’ll rue the day I came away to visit Crewkerne Town, sir

Jenny W. hopped along, a rattling of her bag, sir

And bang down my poor throat, she shoved her great big wooden leg Sir.

CHORUS 

 

 

2 Responses to Discovery of a traditional 19th Century folk ballad – World Premiere of The Countryman’s Ramble Through Crewkerne – Fri 14 Aug

  1. Ian Gill says:

    What a find ! As an ex resident of the town [12 yrs],an old colleague and mate of the late, great Tony Rose, who taught French at Wadham School for many years and an old Folkie [founder member of All Blacked Up ceilidh bad], occasional performer at Oscar’s wine bar over the years I’d love to hear this. I remember a lot of the pubs named though I gather some have been closed sine I left the town in 2005.Are you using an existing tune or composing one?

  2. Ian Gill says:

    That should read ‘band’, not ‘bad’ because we weren’t !

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