Category Archives: Traditional folk song

One Day To The Fair

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

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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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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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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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Abilene

This song, frequently heard in the mid sixties English folk clubs, was written by Bob Gibson, Lester Brown & John D Loudermilk in 1963. Abilene, Kansas, now a big city, was the railhead town at the end of the Chisholm … Continue reading

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Green Holly & Ivy

A familiar theme in traditional story and song. I’ve forgotten where I heard this version. Click a pic to see them all larger. The ‘quirky tweed’ wedding  photos are from Weddbook.com

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In Bed With The Major

I went to sing at an army base, knocked on the door of a hut and was greeted by a man dressed as a rather revolting woman. My agent hadn’t told me I was booked to entertain at an officers’ … Continue reading

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P Stands For Paddy

In my imagination the lady with no shortage of suitors looks like the one in Chris Saper‘s lovely painting.

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Brave Dudley Boys

Brave Dudley Boys dates from about 1830, a time of unrest following the Napoleonic Wars with ever-lower workers’ pay, longer hours and miserable housing. Pam Bishop’s perfect tune breathes fire into the broadside.

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I Wish There Were No Prisons

This version of the song has a fuller storyline than the abbreviated one usually heard. It may have started life as a 19th century music hall song. I recorded it for my large collection of mainly traditional songs not previously … Continue reading

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