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Twas of a Broom Dasher

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Alternative title: Green Broom

Performer: Russell, James
Place Collected: Hatherop
Date collected: Between 1913 and 1916
Collector: Williams, Alfred
Roud Number: 379

This jaunty song has been in oral transmission for about 300 years, the earliest known reference being “The Jolly Broom-Man or the Unhappy Boy Turn’d” printed in “Pills to Purge Melancholy” in 1720.  It has been often collected in England and occasionally in Ireland and Scotland but not across the Atlantic.

For Gloucestershire tunes to this song, go to ‘Browse’ and search for 379 in the Roud Number search.


Notes by Gwilym Davies 28 March 2015