Tramps and Hawkers

(Come All Ye) Tramps and Hawkers is a comparatively recent addition to Anon's catalogue. And like everything attributed to 'Anon', it was actually written by an individual with a name. In this case, a suspect is known — Besom Jimmy, an Angus hawker at the end of nineteenth century. And it was passed on, and added, to by countless travellers and itinerant workers over the next century. It was popularised by Jimmy McBeath who was taught it by a fellow Gordon Highlander during World War I — only a few decades after its likely composition. It's a great tune, but this history is a large part of what appeals to me. It's a real folk song, in the fullest sense.

Chico Novarro


Tramps and Hawkers


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