Welcome all, and – since you ask – why am I doing this? Four reasons.
Firstly, like many people, I was knocked out by Jon Boden’s A Folk Song A Day project (currently running through the year for a second time); when it ended I thought it would be good to do something along the same lines. Only not updating daily, obviously. (Also, I don’t play the concertina.)
Secondly, I like singing songs, getting better at it & learning more of them, and I like giving people the chance to hear me singing. (If they like it too, so much the better!)
Thirdly, I turned 51 recently, and it struck me that I’m now (hopefully) living through the 52 weeks of my 52nd year. Spooky. Well, not very spooky, but still. If I was ever going to publish a folk song a week (say) for a year (say), this seemed like a pretty good time to start.
Fourthly – and most importantly – why not?
And with that we’re off. It’s a simple setup: I sing, record and upload one folk song a week, every week until this time next year. I’ll say a bit about the songs as we go along. I’ll put some other songs up too along the way; some of them will be folk songs too but some won’t. Either way, I hope you like them.