Category: Traditional music

SPEED THE PLOUGH/NOT FOR JOE

After writing out these traditional tunes I discovered that they not only went well one at a time but could be played together! I really like the colourful horse parade at the annual Festival of the Horse and Boys’ Ploughing Match in Orkney; there’s not…

When Peggy Rides Her Wheel

From ‘An Old-Fashioned Bicycle’, a unique album of veteran songs of the wheeling life compiled from early publications and folk tradition. The words are by that prolific writer Anonymous and the music, as printed with the song, is the traditional tune ‘The Low-backed Car’….

The 23rd Of June

Once upon a time I associated the 23rd of June with this Irish song. Now the date is spoiled by the vote taken last year. Hey ho! Let’s have the song anyway. It’s a good’un and reminds me of my earliest folk days singing…

The New Testament Books

If you’ve ever tried to remember the books of the New Testament, this might help! The second part of the tune is traditional but optional. Thank you, Emily, for singing this to me so long ago. Put a capo on the 3rd fret for…

Jenny Pluck Pears

Primrose Polka

The Primrose Polka is often attributed to Jimmy Shand and equally often to that prolific composer Anon. Whatever the vagaries of its origin I certainly arranged the music for Jenny Cox at the excellent Concertinas At Witney. The last photo is of yellow Celandines and the delicately…

Swinging On The Gate