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The Poacher

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Performer: Brazil, Harry
Place Collected: Gloucester
Date collected: 1977 (27 Nov)
Collector: Davies, Gwilym
Roud Number: 299

Most English people will know the song “The Lincolnshire Poacher” with its jaunty tune which has passed into popular psyche. However, in living tradition, Lincolnshire is only one of the locations ascribed to this particular poacher, and Northamptonshire, Somerset(shire), Yorkshire and Gloucestershire have all featured. In fact, on printed broadsides, Northamptonshire comes out top. In oral tradition it has been found only in England. Mr Brazil’s is incomplete but has a distinctive Mixolydian tune.

Notes by Gwilym Davies 25 March 2015

Media & Downloads

Hear the song/tune as collected (mp3 stream):

See the song/tune as collected (PDF file)
Hear the song/tune (midi file)
Version to sing (PDF file)
Hear a version to sing (midi file)

Modern recording performed by: Puzzlejug

Song/tune as collected (abc file)
Version to sing (abc file)