Thornymoor Woods


1-barsham.jpegThere are poaching songs a-plenty in English folk tradition, and little wonder that the common people generally considered poaching acceptable since their land, and even entire villages, were taken away from them during the long period of enclosures. The ‘upper classes’ were able to pay Parliament for a bill to be passed which made the land theirs, along with rights of way. When the homes and fields of the poor disappeared to further enrich the wealthy, so did their livelihoods.

The Fair Maid On The Shore


What chance could a single woman have against an entire ship’s crew? Well, there’s a long tradition in English folk song of women coming off best against the odds. Some employ charms, some herbs, drink or cunning, but all are better thinkers. In this song a ship full of pirates and ne’er do wells are overcome by her voice and an appropriate song.

Click on a pic to see them all larger while you listen.


dscf2205.jpgdscf1981.jpgWords & music by one of my favourite music hall artistes, Billy Merson 1911.

Since we are short of Spanish bulls in Britain, and bullfighters are more or less absent, the first photo is of an English Longhorn, the second are Highland cattle. Both are passive, the Highland being particularly friendly.

Highland cattle & calf.jpgThere’s more about the music hall and this album in Albums 6 of the menu bar.