Cawsand Bay

Cawsand Bay is a great story from a rather weather-beaten copy of Sea Sequel To The Week-End Book, published in 1934. The photo is from the website of a pleasant holiday home at Nirvana, Kingsand, at Cawsand Bay in Cornwall.

Song Shepherd

RIMG0024.jpgAll the songs I collected and some I did not, together with street rhymes, tunes, tales and monologues are here.  Thankyou to the few who write comments, ask questions, express approval, and to the many who just happen quietly by. I like hearing from you so if you want to get in touch please click on comments. I had a pleasant and busy year’s break; now it’s March 2019, and the songs and music continue for your pleasure.

The Broom Of The Cowdenknowes


I recorded this particularly lovely version of the song a few days ago. It’s from an 1877 Scottish songbook of mine with a lost cover. Based upon a true story, The Broom Of The Cowdenknowes was first published in 1651. The shepherdess, banished from home by her parents, did marry her wealthy lover whose baby she carried, but was never truly happy away from Cowdenknowes, her home in Berwickshire.

Walter Baxter’s photograph is of the farmhouse at Cowdenknowes Mains.

The Half-Hitch

Scarecrow.jpgscarecrow-festival-1[1].jpgI had great fun recording this song of a resourceful woman for the album As Fortune Would Have It, and it always makes me smile. It was first printed in 1900 in the USA and was later recast and polished a good deal; I don’t know when or by whom. I imagine the song originated in Britain, but I’ve discovered nothing of its history.

As for the scarecrows, there’s quite a fashion these days for scarecrow festivals and competitions in field and town, but I couldn’t find one to quite match the description of the lady in the song. Far too attractive!