Fifty-Two Folk Songs: Not Only But Also

As well as 52 folk songs (numbered FS01-FS52), I’ve published 42 “also folk” songs. Here they are:

From the Violet album:
Over the hills and far away A seventeenth-century recruiting song which almost certainly sounds more rueful now than it did at the time; sung unaccompanied.
Spencer the Rover Unaccompanied, after John Kelly; followed by a whistle tune which I thought went well with it.

From the Indigo album:
Lord Allenwater Unaccompanied, after Shirley Collins
Sam Hall Unaccompanied, after John Kelly
Plains of Waterloo Unaccompanied, after June Tabor
Boney’s lamentation Unaccompanied, after Nic Jones
The wind and the rain Accompanied on melodeon (a one-off); after Johnny Collins

From the white album:

The boar’s head carol Much harmony
A virgin most pure After the Young Tradition, which in this instance meant after Shirley and Dolly Collins.
Poor old horse Multi-tracked weirdness, with melodica and a burst of “The man in the moon”.

From the Blue album:
Sir Patrick Spens After Bellamy, unaccompanied.
The outlandish knight A tune of my own, with a harmonised chorus
Shady Grove Very distantly after Jean Ritchie, with zither, melodica and drums.
Sheath and knife Another of the saddest songs in the world; mostly unaccompanied.
Jamie Douglas Unaccompanied, after June Tabor.
John from the Isle of Man Unaccompanied, after Robert Cinnamond.
Tom the Barber Unaccompanied, after Tony Rose but using a different tune.

From the Green album:
Cupid’s Garden Unaccompanied, under the influence of Bellamy.
Master Kilby Distantly after Nic Jones, but with drones à go-go. First and so far only appearance of ‘vocal drone’.
Come all you little streamers Not to be confused with “The streams of lovely Nancy”. Flute, melodica and zither.
Banks of the Mossom A drowsy, fragmentary summer song, with flute, melodica, whistle and zither.
One night as I lay on my bed Unaccompanied; a song to stop you in your tracks.
Out of the window A precursor of “She moved through the fair”, sung here with zither.
My bonny boy A sad song with flute and melodica.
Let no man steal your thyme Sung unaccompanied, in the open air.
When I was in my prime With whistle and flute.
On board the ‘Kangaroo’ A welcome bit of light relief, with melodica and whistles.
The outlandish dream A rarity, sung unaccompanied.

From the Yellow album:

The Dolphin With melodica and drums; after Tony Capstick.
Lowlands One of my best attempts at vocal harmonies.
The ghost song Unaccompanied, after Bellamy.
Son Davie With whistle, drums and concertina. Also known as ‘Edward’.
High Germanie With whistle, drums and concertina; after Pentangle.
The weary cutters Another sad song with vocal harmonies.
Sweet Jenny of the moor Concertina and C whistle.

From the Red album:
The lady gay With concertina, but mostly unaccompanied.
General Wolfe Recorder, concertina and vocal harmonies.
The green cockade With recorder and concertina; after Jo Freya.
When I set off to Turkey With flute, recorder, drums, whistles, zither, concertina and ukulele.
Gilderoy With recorder; after Shirley Collins.
Maid on the shore With concertina; after Carthy and Swarbrick.
Who’s the fool now? Unaccompanied, except by a cast of thousands at my local singaround.


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