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Category Archives: Traditional folk song
When I asked my father if he’d learned any songs during his thirteen years in the Royal Navy he said, ‘Nothing I want you to hear.’ A version of the ill-fated Bold Benjamin was first printed in about 1670. I … Continue reading
This week two members of the present day King family posted comments about my recording of It’s A Rosebud In June which Farmer William King sang to Cecil Sharp at Castle of Comfort on 15th April 1904. William must have … Continue reading
The photos were taken on a bridleway above Andover, Hampshire, on a sultry day that made me think of this beautiful song which Farmer William King sang to Cecil Sharp in 1904.
Unlike Beatrix Potter tales, in English folk song tailors rarely come off best.
True love and a brace of pistols change the mind of Susan’s oppressive father. From the album ‘Harbour Of Days’.
A lady fallen on hard times, a kindly sailor and Rowlandson’s illustration of the time and place.
An Irish song rather different from English and Scots night visiting songs.
A medley of Irish tunes which a listener said should be called Beer Hall Of The Mountain King. Wish I’d thought of that.
There are many traditional songs on the theme of a woman dressing as a man and enlisting as a sailor, and it certainly did happen. Jackie not only follows her sweetheart, but saves his life too. Now that’s what I … Continue reading