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Three Men went a-Travelling

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Alternative title: Three Men went a-Hunting

Performer: Hartland, Ray
Place Collected: Eldersfield
Date collected: 1978 (9 Nov)
Collector: Davies, Gwilym
Roud Number: 283

This popular little ditty has its roots in a seventeenth century broadside ‘A Choice of Inventions’. It is widespread in the English-speaking world. Later versions are usually traced to ‘Three Jovial Welshmen’ but in many versions recorded in the twentieth century the three Welshmen have become ‘An Englishman, a Scotsman and an Irishman’.

Notes by Steve Gardham