Category Archives: Traditional folk song

On A Tuesday Morning

On A Tuesday Morning (The Sign Of The Bonny Blue Bell) came from sisters Mrs Louie Hooper and Mrs Lucy White in Hambridge, Somerset, September 1903. Collected by Cecil Sharp. Louie with the concertina given to her by Cecil Sharp.

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The Shores Of Amerikay

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 … Continue reading

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The Barn Dance

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!

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Hugh The Graeme

A Border ballad.

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Queen's Fancy, Jack I'll Tickle Thee and The Slopes

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.

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Cold Hail & A Rainy Night

The lying soldier spoke truer than he realised.

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The Furze field

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.

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The Dashing Young Fellow From Buckinghamshire

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 … Continue reading

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Waterman's Steps

There were once hundreds of steps or stairs on the Thames now there are few and are mostly in a poor state of repair. As taxi drivers on the roads learn the Knowledge of every road in London so the … Continue reading

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Buy Broom Besoms

First printed in John Stokoe’s ‘Songs Of Northern England’ 1893, we used to sing it at school music ‘lessons’ – or the first three verses at any rate! The superb illustration of street sellers is by Paul Sandby in 1759. … Continue reading

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