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Princess Royal


This Cotswold Morris tune from Bampton-in-the-Bush, Oxfordshire, was recorded several time by bands led by Ashley Hutchings:

  1. The first recording was on Morris On in 1972.
  2. A BBC “Top Gear” show with the Albion Country Band recorded on 19 June 1792 included a set of Morris Dance Tunes: Morris On / Jockey to the Fair / Room for the Cuckoo / Princess Royal / Morris Off. This track was released on the Ashley Hutchings anthology The Guv'nor Vol. 2 and on the Mooncrest Ashley Hutchings anthology The Collection. Princess Royal from this set was also included in the anthology Burning Bright.
  3. A 1981 recording by the Albion Band with John Tams and Bill Caddick was released on The Guv'nor Vol. 3.
  4. Finally, Princess Royal was published on the Morris On Band's live CD Morris On the Road.

Eliza Carthy and Nancy Kerr finished their recording of The Wanton Wife of Castlegate on their album Shape of Scrape with Princess Royal.

And Martin Carthy played this tune live at the 23rd Annual Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport in 2002, at Ruskin Mill in December 2004, and live in studio in July 2006 on the DVD Guitar Maestros. He also played guitar on Martin Simpson's recording of Princess Royal on The Bramble Briar.

The similarly named but unrelated The Bold Princess Royal is a classic sea story which vividly recounts how a mercantile sailing ship rebuffed an attack by a pirate.