Brave Dudley Boys dates from about 1830, a time of unrest following the Napoleonic Wars with ever-lower workers’ pay, longer hours and miserable housing. Pam Bishop’s perfect tune breathes fire into the broadside.
In 1970 Dave Totterdell lent me a book of Victorian poetry which included The Arrow To The Quiver. I have an idea it may be Irish but I’ve been unable to discover who wrote the poem or find any reference to it. The tune is mine.
You’d think a song about a woman leaving her husband and baby to live with a gypsy was an unsuitable subject for children. But we sang and loved it at school.
I sang this Scottish song to my cycling companion when we were on our pleasant cycle ride from London to the Isle of Skye. Singing – and the frequent appearance of tramps and sundry odd folk – took our minds off the occasional shower.
From Guitar (see Retro for more about this album of songs for guitar beginners).
From the album Fools’ Pleasure (Menu 7).The long line of sticks, twigs and grass was left in the hedge when the floods receded.
Recently people haven’t been able to enlarge photos by clicking on them, though you still can on older posts, so I’ve changed themes to one which shows the photos slightly bigger and easier to see.
A privateer was a privately owned vessel and crew licensed by the government for war.
From the album Fools’ Pleasure (menu 7).