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Speed the Plough

Speed The Plough

This is a very well known tune, and often played in folk sessions in pubs and festivals across the country.  It was collected from John Locke by Cecil Sharp on 27 Dec 1909, in Leominster, Herefordshire.

This tune is in the Three Folk Tunes for Secondary Schools collated for The Full English schools projects that Oli Matthews was involved in at Horizon Community Academy, Barnsley and Stantonbury Campus, Milton Keynes. These projects worked with students at Key Stages 3 and 4 (11-15years), and aimed to use folk music to increase confidence and skills regarding composition, improvisation, arranging and performance skills. The projects also emphasised the important relationship between folk music and dance.

You can download the Three Folk Tunes for Secondary Schools from the PDF tab.

You can download the audio resources for Speed The Plough from the audio tab.

The complete audio resources for Three Folk Tunes for Secondary Schools are available at its own page.

More videos

  • Speed the Plough - Oli Matthews

    Download: mp3(1.64MB) ogg(5.79MB)
  • Speed the Plough - slow - Oli Matthews

    Download: mp3(1.41MB) ogg(5.16MB)

Digital Archive records related to this item

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Maps on the Full English site related to this item

Note that these links take you to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website which holds the full archival details of the material. Material on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website is not censored or expurgated and may contain material considered offensive by modern standards.