SPENCER THE ROVER
SONGS FROM THE BALCONY
Our version of Spencer The Rover has been greatly inspired by John Martyn's recording from his 1975 album Sunday's Child. The earliest record I can find of this song was collected by Vaughan Williams from Mr and Mrs Truell of Gravesend in December 1904 (Roud 1115) . A beautifully melancholy melody and astonishingly for a folk song it has a happy ending!