Fifty years ago two Irish friends, about to marry, were slimming down possessions ready for their new life. They gave me what they thought were blank reel-to-reel tapes. I checked them over at home and discovered their beautiful voices. Later I thanked them and…
I don’t remember the names of the tunes but the dancers swagger along with a 1-2-3-hop at the end. Great fun!
A Border ballad.
Here’s the hand-written music from my bandbook of three not unknown country dance tunes, played on concertina, guitar, bodhran and saucepan. I hope you think it worth the effort.
The lying soldier spoke truer than he realised.
I really like this gentle traditional song, which James Reeves describes as ‘a comprehensive invitation…’. Furze is another name for gorse. Clare Leighton made the woodcut.
The Dashing Young Fellow From Buckinghamshire is a ridiculous adventure usually published incomplete. I don’t remember where I found this version. You may like to know: A wager is a bet. Watchmen were officials keeping a night lookout for villains or anything out of…