Author Archives: SongShepherd

About SongShepherd

Singer, musician & cyclist.

Night Train To Munich

A demo recording for one of my guitar classes of a song by Al Stewart inspired by a classic wartime thriller directed by Carol Reed, which I really must see.

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Blackberry Fall

Sue Ashby accompanied me on clavichord for this version of Blackberry Fall recorded in 1979 for the album Close Relations. Lucille Blake gave me two verses, the rest, including the tune, came from Louise Antell, a friend of the sixties … Continue reading

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Sally & Jemmy

Sally & Jemmy is from one of the 19th century London printing houses. The story, which did not always end so well as this version, was frequently printed by Victorian presses.  

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One Day To The Fair

I like the man’s kindness to his former love.

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Ranter’s Wharf

John Connelly’s atmospheric song links the old times and the present. The memorial to Grimsby Sailors was made by the outstanding sculptor Trevor Harries and unveiled in 2005. Here it is when he was working on it.

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The Contented man

The contented man makes the best of his poverty with home-spun philosophy. From my collection of songs printed by the presses of Seven dials in London in the 18th & 19th century.

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Early One Evening

One of Miles Wooton’s masterly re-writes in print by 1974 but, if I remember rightly, going round the folk clubs somewhat earlier.

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Courting Days

I’m not sure where I found the words – t’was a long time ago. The painting is from an online collection of everyday life in 19th century America.

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I Wish I Was A Tree

I heard the song at my first visit to a folk club in 1965 but never found out who wrote it.

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Long Grey Beard

A traditional English song with a better than usual ending, and one of Robert Pauly‘s fine paintings.

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