The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #3096 Message #3902412
Posted By: Tradsinger
28-Jan-18 - 01:38 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Oakham Poachers
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Oakham Poachers
Just discovered this thread, which I find very interesting. Wiggy Smith, the Gloucestershire gypsy, sang the song. You can hear his version here.
Wiggy told me that it was a true story and that his family were the perpetrators but how much veracity you can place on this claim is doubtful. I was therefore interested in the reference to the Perkins brothers. I see that the broadside, dated between 1863 and 1865 does mention the Perkins brothers, so that seems good evidence for me.
PS - Mick and Steve - I can't get your hyperlinks to work.