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The Baker of Colebrook
Last updated: 11.10.23
The Baker of Colebrook is one of my favourite short ballads. It's a usual tale of seduction (aristocratic lady and baker whereby the lady is the chief instigator), marital disloyalty and retribution by the cheated husband. The ballad is gently amusing and the outcome is civilised and not nearly so barbarous as Matty Groves. I first heard it sung by Roy Harris on Wally Whyton's Folk Music programme sometime in the early eighties.
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audiodbemp315.gif Ditty Box Voice Geoff Grainger
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youtube15.jpg Geoff Grainger at The Bridge - The Baker of Colebrook (Trad) (2:02) Geoff Grainger