According to tradition, Wesley was in a tree so that people could see him better and told the crowd to "let the knave go by". Ever since then the area has been known as Knave-go-bye.

The song is called Jan Penberthy. The recording is pretty rough but gives you an idea of how it sounds. Find it here.


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My latest song is a change from the normal. It's a folk song about a Cornish miner who meets John Wesley during one of his outdoor preaching events.

The Methodist founder is reputed to have been heckled by a drunk during a visit to Beacon, just outside the Cornish town of Camborne.

Jan meets John

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