As I roved out in Austin, Texas

Saturday, 19 May, 2012

Born in Brattleboro, Vermont, Sam Amidon is a singer who’s not afraid to give the classics of the folk tradition a spin around the musical block. As I Roved Out was was collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1904 from a Mr. Broomfield, in the village of East Hornden, in Essex. Williams wrote, “the tune is a good example of the extraordinary breadth and melodic sweep to be found in English folk song.” He considered it to be part of a “precious heritage”. As it was then, it is now.

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