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Buy Broom Buzzems
Last updated: 22.04.17
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I have come to enjoy the Geordie expressions whilst singing Buy Broom Buzzems with the Tyneside Maritime Chorus. According to A Beuk o' Newcassel Sangs, Joseph Cawhall 1888, Buy Broom Buzzems was composed by one by William Purvis. An early commercial for itinerant salespeople, the song extols the virtues of green products; observe the phrase in the chorus of Fine heather bred 'uns, better never grew. The Northumbrian Minstrelsy (1882) also includes this song and give an interesting page-lomg description of William [Blind Willie] Purvis (ca. 1752-1832)
The song is also given in Songs and Ballads of Northern England (1893), The Tyne Songster (1840), Rhymes of Northern Bards (1812) and an arrangement my be found in Singing Hinnies Book 1.
This song may be found in the Tyneside Maritime Chorus songbook
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