Category Archives: Traditional folk song

The Bold Benjamin

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

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The Crystal Spring

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

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It’s A Rosebud In June

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.

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The Tailor In The Chest

Unlike Beatrix Potter tales, in English folk song tailors rarely come off best.

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Susan and the Sailor

True love and a brace of pistols change the mind of Susan’s oppressive father. From the album ‘Harbour Of Days’.

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Gosport

A lady fallen on hard times, a kindly sailor and Rowlandson’s illustration of the time and place.

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The Whistling Thief

An Irish song rather different from English and Scots night visiting songs.

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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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Jackie Munro

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

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Jimmy Sailing

To complete the story I attached all I have of a different song, which suits the time of celebration. The photo of Eye Of The Wind at anchor is from the excellent Classic Sailing which is well worth a visit … Continue reading

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