Category: Traditional tune

My Singing Bird

According to notes written in 1963 by Bert Lloyd the melody is a Munster folk tune. The words are by the Irish poetess, Edith Wheeler. The song came to the McPeake family from Cathal O’Byrne, who organised stage ceilidhs at which Frances McPeake senior…

Westering Home

Written by Hugh S Roberton in the 1920s and set to an adapted traditional tune, I loved it, and other ‘folk’ songs, at school in the 1950s. It was all part of the unstructured sing-song once a week that was graced with the title…

Jenny Pluck Pears

The painting by Helen Galloway McNicol, now in Art Gallery of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is The Apple Gatherer, 1911.

Early One Evening

Circassian Circle

Circassian Circle is traditionally the last dance of the evening in England, or the part I come from anyway. There’s a photo of greatly missed Alison & Kate in our final outstanding barn dance band, Shropshire Occasionals, in Tunes.  

Jenny Pluck Pears

Speed The Plough/Not For Joe

The illustration is by C F Tunnicliffe for Ian Niall’s 1977 book To Speed The Plough about the coming of mechanisation in farming.