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Tourist with digital camera by Big Ben, London, England
I wish I’d asked Sydney Carter more about some of the songs he wrote. Glass Of Water and Port Mahon have a wistful quality, but Long Time Since I Had A Lesson seems the most poignant of all. All he said of the song was: ‘It’s founded on fact. A girl wrote to her former teacher in the British Council “Never shall I forget you.” Sidney once worked in the British Council.
The word is little known south of the border and unlike in my own childhood the strolling beggars and men of the road are now scarce both in the north and south; however the songs and music live on, likewise the singers and players. My copy of The Gablory Man came from a girl I taught in a village in deepest Hertfordshire, which is a fair walk from Scotland even with a following wind.
This is another of the many gems brought in to me by children I taught. See ‘About’ for the whys and hows of this collection of mostly traditional song. You can click on a pic for a larger view of the lanes, fields and town where I live.
The words & music of this rather clever song are by C S Murphy 1902. It had a brief revival in the folk clubs of the late sixties, when I learned it.
I once sang in Trafalgar Square perched on the empty plinth. It was a huge televised affair and I think something to do with the British Council of Churches, but I forget the purpose of the occasion and I certainly didn’t sing this song. Nowadays one voice and a guitar would not be considered adequate musical interest, even if several thousand people could have heard me.
There’s more about the music hall and this album in Albums 6 of the menu bar.
South Ronaldsay Parade of Horses and Boys Ploughing match at St Margarets Hope School and the Sands O Wright. 21/8/10 Tom O’Brien
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 a boy or horse among them! Click a pic to get a full-size view of all the photos while you listen to the music.