Another fine session last night at the Canberra Irish Club – good music, good songs and of course there’s the Guinness.

A friend of mine managed to track down the words to song I have been trying to find for the past several years – the Bell Ringers Competition – about teams of bell ringers in various parts of Devon in the UK. I heard the song about 20 years ago in Perth western Australia and the tune stuck, along with the chorus – but the words proved elusive the song started off:

In the month of October, neither drunken nor sober
On Broadbury Down I was wending my way
When I heard of some ringing, some dancing and singing
I ought to remember that Jubilee day

CHOR:In Ashwater Town, the bells they did sound
They rang for a belt and a hat laced with gold
But the men of Northlew rang so steady and true
that there never was better in Devon I hold

The tune could almost be sung as a round – anyhow, many thanks to Sandra for tracking this one down when my own net searches had proven fruitless.

Click here to hear the tune

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