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Thread #115488   Message #2472964
Posted By: Steve Gardham
22-Oct-08 - 02:13 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Ale, ale, glorious ale
Subject: RE: Origins: Ale, ale, glorious ale
It smacks very much of the 1920s Albert Richardson/Ernest Butcher style. I'd guess it appeared on a 78 round about then. Roy Palmer printed the only version I have seen in print in his Everyman's Book of English Country Songs, under the title 'Good English Ale'. He says 'collected by Mike Yates in 1964 from the Cantwell family, Standlake, Oxon. I picked my version up from other folk club singers. I recorded a fragment in the 60s myself in Yorkshire which rather suggests a 78 as the source. The dialect being very different to Yorkshire!