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Ere around the Huge Oak

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Performer: Cook, Henry
Place Collected: Arlington
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 1251

This is a poem by one John O’Keefe, and was performed on stage in the late 18th century in a comic opera entitled “The Farmer”.  These two Gloucestershire versions are the only instances of the song appearing in oral tradition.

Ere around the hug oak

Notes by Gwilym Davies 18 March 2016