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Published on May 18, 2012
Derry Down Dale is an old English folk song I found on the Contemplator site which includes the following information: According to William Barrett this song probably belonged to a play. He dates the song to the beginning of the 1800s. There is an undated broadside of the same name at the Bodleian Library, with different lyrics which is noted as "Sung with great applause by Mr. Kear at Groto-Gardens."
Folksongs of Britain and Ireland by Peter Kennedy lists Derry Down Fair as a variant of Ramble-away. The tune is also known as Brocklesby Fair and Young Ramble-away. The town is variously Brimbledon, Brocklesby, Brimbledown, Burlington and Derry Town. According to Kennedy they are probably all a corruption of Birmingham, which appears in an old broadside.