Dedicated to my dear friend and musical colleague, Dave Parry, who suggested some twenty years ago that I should sing this song.
It was collected by H.E.D. Hammond in May 1906, from a Mrs Crawford of West Milton in Dorset. I learned the song from Frank Purslow’s book Marrowbones, but of course you can now find the song in the EFDSS Take Six archive.
The song has been widely collected in England, Scotland, Ireland and North America. There are American versions with the title ‘The Awful Wedding’. We’ve certainly played at a few of those…
The Nobleman’s Wedding