Category Archives: Traditional tune

Glenlivet Beer House

A medley of Irish tunes which a listener said should be called Beer Hall Of The Mountain King. Wish I’d thought of that.

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Banish Misfortune

I have a large collection of songs and an even larger one of music, both are expanding almost daily. I can’t hope to record everything that takes my fancy, but here’s a favourite Irish tune on concertina, bodhran and guitar. … Continue reading

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The Fair

Written by John Mathews, a superb artist and folk club friend from long ago, about the last ‘Medieval’ fair held in 1976 at Barsham, on the Norfolk and Suffolk border. I added the traditional tune ‘Nantwich Fair’ at the end. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Early One Evening

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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.  

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Jenny Pluck Pears

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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.

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Tommy The Proud

From the album Close Relations (see Retro)

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