| The two books have been extensively revised and updated by Steve Gardham. They are accompanied by comprehensive notes and the biographies of the principal singers from all four volumes.|
These are songs of comedy and tragedy, of love fulfilled and love denied, of war and peace, of land and sea, of the marvellous and the mundane. Songs both great and small that our ancestors took to their hearts and made part of their lives, which may very well have been lost forever. They are presented here for new generations of singers and musicians. Some are very old, others less so. They world that made them is gone, but they speak to the human condition today just as they did a century and more ago.
This volume is dedicated to the memory of the late Frank Purslow.
Originally selected and edited by Frank Purslow
Revised by Steve Gardham
Foreword by Martin Carthy MBE