A-side: a cappella, B-side with Al Jeffrey on guitar. Written in '49 as an instrumental for the theatre production Landscape With Chimneys, a play about Salford, Lancashire, staged in '51. There's a one minute a cappella version on Ewan's 1959 concept album Streets Of Song (with Dominic Behan), illustrating a spoken part on Salford (Topic/Folkways).
Alan Lomax & The Ramblers [vocal by Ewan MacColl; also featuring Peggy Seeger and Shirley Collins on Decca ep]
Spinners [first popular recording; lead vocal: Mick Groves from Salford]
Jo Lemaire [as Foutue vieille ville]
Bettye LaVette [two versions]
See also: First Time Ever I Saw Your Face.