Month: October 2017

The Blackbird & The Thrush

This song of a refreshingly sanguine young man, and the tune which follows, are traditional Irish. The photos are of the pub signs, old and new, in appropriately named East Peckham, Kent.

The House Carpenter

Hyssop And Sage

Although this wistful traditional song from my large collection has familiar elements, such as looking from a window and the symbolism of herbs, this is the only version I found. Hyssop stands for purity and sage for wisdom, so we can be sure the…

The Country Vicar

The cartoon came from a surprising source. One of a series of articles on country characters in Farmers’ Weekly.

The Half-Hitch

I had great fun recording this song of a resourceful woman for the album As Fortune Would Have It, and it always makes me smile. It’s for David Trenow and his daughter, who observed that women too often seem to have a passive role…

The Funny Family

Children delight in nonsense rhymes (me too) and my collection of street rhymes and games has plenty of them. Alison McMorland’s book and album ‘The Funny Family’ has this song which includes words and phrases found in many skipping, clapping and ball games. When…

The Wiltshire Wedding

For some reason the superstition developed in England that it is unlucky for the bride and groom to see each other on their wedding day until they are in the church for the service. But in ‘Under The Greenwood Tree’ Thomas Hardy writes of…