I'm a Romany Rai

Shirley's show about the Gypsy singers and songs of Southern England, with recordings and slides and contributions from actor Pip Barnes.

They hang the man and flog the woman
Who steal the goose from off the common
But leave the greater villains loose
who steal the common from the goose

Poem of protest 1764

"I have made friends with gypsies, lived with them and broken bread. They are the finest folk singers......that I have yet come across." - Cecil Sharp

Many of the photographs on this page are courtesy of Mike Yates, to whom thanks.