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Reinhard Info: Greenbriar Boys (73* d) RE: Help: greenbriar boys 22 Jul 21


A 1993 live recording of the Albion Band singing "Didn't He Ramble" is on the Ashley Hutchings anthologies The Guv'nor Vol 1 (1994) and Burning Bright (2005). The latter's booklet noted:

Nowhere is the way traditional lyrics evolved better illustrated than in what happened when folksongs were replanted in America - they were both preserved and transformed, as Cecil Sharp discovered. Here Ashley reunites the old Christmas ritual song, The Derby Ram, with the New Orleans jazz standard it became. Not content with that, and bearing in mind the traditional song hails from his new home territory, he builds in a reference to one of his non-musical passions, football.

Although no one seems to have come up with a satisfactory explanation of the origins of this gigantic mythical beast, it was preserved in public consciousness in a number of regional mumming plays, most of which included variants of the song.

Didn't He Ramble, along with The Saints, was the upbeat tune played for celebration of life at the end of a jazz funeral in New Orleans.


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