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Category Archives: Traditional folk song
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.
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
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 … Continue reading
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