Manchester Gallop

Manchester Gallop

Full-immersion away weekends with Laurel autumn 2015

These will be very very good! And take place in Suffolk (fiddle-like instruments) and Sussex (any instruments) in Sept and Oct 2015. Jenny Glover says it all: Jenny’s blog post

Two or three strings to my bow

Note: more info here (thanks, Mary): http://www.fresnostate.edu/folklore/ballads/HHH070.html

Two or Three Strings to My Bow-2

Rose Tree (The)

The Rose Tree

Laurel’s Crystal Fiddle Cake

Note Laurel’s surprise! This was the first outing for a special tune composed by members of West London Folk Band/Orchestra to celebrate its 15th anniversary this summer. Here is this surprise tune performed here at Gunnersbury House (world premiere, folks!) :

L's Crystal Fiddle Cake

Oats and Beans

Oats and Beans

Words from Mary:

The words I found are:

Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow,
Oats, peas, beans, and barley grow,
Can you or I or anyone know
How oats, peas, beans, and barley grow?
 
Verse 1:
 
First the farmer sows his seed,
Then he stands  and takes his ease,
He stamps his foot and claps his hands,
And turns around to view his lands.

According to Wikipedia –  “Oats Peas Beans and Barley Grow” (sometimes sung as “Oats and Beans and Barley Grow”) is a traditional British and American folk song, 1380 in the Roud Folk Song Index.The tune normally used, goes by the name “Baltimore” and appears in Joshua Cushing’s book “The Fifer’s Companion” (1790). The sleevenotes to “The Wild Mountain Thyme” claim that the tune was written by John Playford (1650). According to Alice Bertha Gomme’s book “The Traditional Games of England, Scotland and Ireland” (1894), this is a “play song”, in which children perform actions with the song, standing in a ring. In “Notes and Queries” 7th series, number xii (c 1870) it is discussed, but the Columbia State University website claims that the earliest known version of the words is dated 1898 (Gomme).

Sweets of May

sweets of may

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