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Something about this song just seemed to suit the global political mood this week. Here is Brendan Perry from Dead Can Dance with the original version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGeARF-1XKA

It sounds like Brendan sings over an entirely unrelated chord progression. I have no hope of achieving that level of coordination so have 'folkified' the song a bit.

I'm not sure if this song is a general criticism of the American Dream, or a reference to a specific novel or event. The album, Toward the Within, was released in 1994.

I only heard snippets of this song when watching the Vikings TV series (one of my favorite shows, being a distant descendant of Rollo).

Here is the Fever Ray original:
https://youtu.be/EBAzlNJonO8

I can't take credit for the musical adaptation of this Cicely Fox Smith Poem. I first heard this arrangement sung by the Roaring Forties, but it also appears in slightly different form on this mudcat thread:
https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=33894

The song is sung by the Sheringham Shantymen to a different tune with a different chorus and, incorrectly, attributed to 'John' in the intro here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qw0ZWKSLBH0

If anyone knows the origin of this arrangement, please let me know.

I first heard this traditional (1840s broadside) English ballad sung by the Wheeze and Suck Band.

The song refers to a muster (not defeat) of the Royal Horse Guards, probably under George IV if the 1840s date is close to when it was first written.

The location of 'Salisbury Plain' is one of several variants.

MainlyNorfolk detail here:
https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/theroutoftheblues.html

Mudcat Thread here:
https://mudcat.org//thread.cfm?threadid=6482

The Wheezers version is very close to the version here by Robin & Barry Dransfield:
https://youtu.be/LRi3g_c6Xz4

Something very special happened in Australia last night. Grant Denyer, who had recently had his show on Channel TEN cancelled, won the Gold Logie (our equivalent of the US Emmy Awards).

All thanks to brilliant comedian Tom Gleeson's efforts to rally the Australian people.

Here is the Hard Chat interview:
https://youtu.be/uKqNrcBTsi8

And Grant's acceptance speech:
https://youtu.be/Fho4-buiK2c

What a great guy! What a fantastic story in these grim days.

Even after 4 or 5 takes, I'm not really happy with this cover. There is something about the magic that happens when Emily and Amy sing and play together that seems hard to capture.

I'm posting anyway because I love the wisdom in the lyrics and power in the performances of Indigo Girls.

Original version here:
https://youtu.be/hj0yVN8pFNw

There were so many variants of this song that I have made mine by mashing up the verses that I liked the best from 4 or 5 different versions.

Fairport Convention's version is probably the most well known:
https://youtu.be/DIcwHKvXPFU

There are a few more versions here:
https://mainlynorfolk.info/danny.spooner/songs/thesailorsalphabet.html

And some others on Mudcat:
https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=57772#1173544

Watching James Cordon and Paul McCartney this week was such a heartwarming experience after such a week of tragedy and sadness:
https://youtu.be/QjvzCTqkBDQ

Had to cover one of his songs in celebration.

Some of the back story that Paul discusses with James is here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_It_Be_(song)

Thanks for being so awesome Bill Oddie:
https://youtu.be/ijuirtqoflU

This week has been kind of grim, and the choir I am in is doing an arrangement of BLIMPHT this season.

So I thought this might be a perfect song to lighten the mood.

You can learn more about Bill (not just one of the Goodies) here:
http://www.billoddie.com/

I can highly recommend giving a listen to Frank Turner's new album, Be More Kind.

Some very timely advice given the recent world events.

Here is Frank's live version:
https://youtu.be/bqUJ2eXKgYc

Album Link:
https://open.spotify.com/album/51BL4655pCe9KOQbwfXuEI?si=h1vKa0z6TjGMxdYRg3uVQQ

Let's be more kind. :)

After reading and listening to some of these stories:
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/jun/16/children-separated-parents-border-trump-administration

https://deadline.com/2018/06/stephen-colbert-donald-trump-jeff-sessions-children-border-immigration-video-1202411206/

http://time.com/5313052/gop-republican-children-parents-family-separations-trump-administration/

I almost reached that point where I just didn't want to hear about such terrible abuse. To take young children from their parents is such an unthinkable atrocity. To then give those children no comfort is a sure recipe for a lifetime of debilitating post-traumatic effects.

But I can't look away, and none of us should. We need to know what is happening and call it out at every opportunity.

Chords and lyrics here:
http://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/look-away/

Another case of a song that popped into my head for no reason.

Yazoo was Vince Clarke from Depeche Mode, and Alison Moyet, they released this song in 1982.

I probably listened to this while circling the local roller-skate rink when I was in primary school.

Here is the Yazoo filmclip (a little creepy, but that was the 80s):
https://youtu.be/GPpHLK4SHt8

And the very popular A Capella Flying Pickets cover:
https://youtu.be/qgDKtLPp46s

And these guys are fantastic:
https://youtu.be/c1cT6MB6N2w

Happy Birthday to my fifteen year old twins!

My daughter and I got to see Taylor in Adelaide in 2012, on the Speak Now tour. We recorded this cover:
https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=wAQrU7yBA88

A few birthdays are missing, not because they didn't happen but because I cant' find the photos. A problem in the digital age of replacement laptops, desktops, hard disk upgrades and new cameras.

I did the paintings soon after the twins were born, representing the common Chinese saying about boy/girl twins being a dragon and phoenix.

So happy to have been part of the lives of these two amazing young people.

My fourth album, Zombie Sheep of the Murrumbidgee, consists of 11 songs I have written and recorded about the local history of the Yass Valley, going back to the 1830s.

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/album/5uhjeGIYlxLsdWF7N8zkdH?si=F1aUjBB_RL-pumNKa-Glrg

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/zombie-sheep-of-the-murrumbidgee/1394479443

Google Play:
https://play.google.com/store/music/album/Daniel_Kelly_Zombie_Sheep_of_the_Murrumbidgee?id=Bqinvsqaxbtiguwr6shhoaj6lsq

Many thanks to the YouTube community for your support and advice.

Confirming that I can sing, but never speak, comfortably to camera.

I don't condone using 'gay' as a derogatory description of something, just used here to be true to the original.

Here is Bret & Jemaine's original version:
https://youtu.be/soGA0bfRyIM

At the 23 May meeting of the Yass Valley Council (though redacted from the Minutes), it was voted that the council would not support any more wind farms in the region:
https://www.yasstribune.com.au/story/5438100/yass-valley-council-endorses-motion-to-oppose-industrial-wind-turbines-across-valley/

While this is largely symbolic, as the State Government makes decisions on State Significant Development, it is a sad indictment of the attitude to climate change and efforts moving towards renewable energy sources.

Unfortunately the speakers at the event were one side (anti-wind-farm).

I posted this link with some real technical evidence about the efficiency of existing local wind farms:
http://www.windalliance.org.au/how_much_power_does_a_wind_farm_make

Chords and Lyrics:
http://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/yass-valley-wind-farm-song/

Please feel free to re-use the song for your region, with attribution.

I just saw a Facebook post from folk stalwart in Adelaide, Moira, a few minutes ago. I found a link to the complete book that her post came from here:
http://digital.nls.uk/chapbooks-printed-in-scotland/archive/108667231

Interestingly, this particular song doesn't appear in the Bodleian archive of Broadsides.

It looks like Greenock was a shipping hub back in the 1800s.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenock#Fishing_villages,_harbours_and_shipbuilding

Here is my quick attempt at putting the words to a tune.

This movie has been on constant rotation in our house for the last few months.

I'm not sure what it says about my mental age, but I thought it was hilarious.

Here is the original:
https://youtu.be/BJgL9pbDLBE

The new album from Xavier Rudd came out on 26 May, the album version of this song is (of course) much better than my rushed cover. I picked this song as a favourite after listening through the album for the first time today.

Album here:
https://open.spotify.com/album/7sG3ViDb9hETYLkpis0DEB?si=JE_UZi6VTB-Z7wWXpi1KDg

This review:
https://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/blogcritics/article/Music-Review-Xavier-Rudd-Storm-Boy-Music-12937684.php

suggests that the stone is from this story:
http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=bailey&book=hour&story=road

In any case, the song is about the challenge of reconciliation between the first nation peoples and the European settlers/invaders in Australia. Things aren't great when our Prime Minister dismissed the Uluru Statement late last year:
http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2018/03/07/4813237.htm

This song may sound old, but David(Dave/Davey) Dodds wrote it in the 1960s. The counting rhyme in the chorus is much older than the song.

I first heard this sung by both Triantan and The Roaring Forties.

Davey was still alive and posting on this Mudcat thread in 2016:
https://mudcat.org/thread.cfm?threadid=285

The song appears on Davey's 2017 album, Kernowcopia, here is Davey playing another song from the album live:
https://youtu.be/hP_B-_I9a9A

Mainlynorfolk article:
https://mainlynorfolk.info/folk/songs/themagpie.html

Blog post with the origins of the song:
https://nigelmusic.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/the-story-behind-the-song-the-magpie/

I find it wonderful that a musical like this, some 10 years old, is revived in small and big high schools all over the globe, even here in rural Australia.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Addams_Family_(musical)

Here is Bebe Neuwirth from the original cast:
https://youtu.be/M6Kq3mu9734

My daughter Lily is singing, with Tristan doing tap. What a different 6 years makes!
https://youtu.be/wAQrU7yBA88

Thanks to Charles Wood from 'Ballad Lovers Unite!' on Facebook for suggesting this one to me.

Apologies up front for my awkward pauses during the song, I think this one needs to be committed to memory to be sung properly.

I like the Steeleye Span version:
https://youtu.be/lzxsZ3LDJYo

Charles suggested Ewan MacColls:
https://soundcloud.com/chuck45-612206011/heirolynne11

Here are the lyrics:
https://mainlynorfolk.info/steeleye.span/songs/heiroflinne.html

Weevils in the flour is the title of a book published by Wendy Lowenstein in 1978, documenting the depression in Australia in the 1930s.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wendy_Lowenstein#Weevils_in_the_flour

Dorothy Hewett wrote a poem with the same name that was set to music by Mike Leyden.

Here is the Bushwacker's band version from 1981:
https://youtu.be/DaHRyZkniS0

And Raymond Crooke's version:
https://youtu.be/ucUdujUqqZ8

I was prompted to record this after John Warner and Jenni Cole did an excellent version of this song for the May day local acoustic session.

Danny Spooner sings this on his 2007 Emerging Tradition album.

Here is Joss Whedon singing the song:
https://youtu.be/5G9EX9gqpzg

For those who don't watch TV, this was the theme song from
the brilliant, and prematurely terminated, series Firefly.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Firefly_(TV_series)

The second verse is my own addition.

My setting of another Cicely Fox Smith poem, original here:
https://allpoetry.com/The-Passing-Of-Sail

All I have added is the 'haul away' refrain.

I find it inspiring that Cicely, writing in 1930, was already imagining watery worlds orbiting other stars, with sailing ships.

I played this computer game, Inca, as a teenager, and was fascinated by the idea of inter-planetary sailing ships.
https://youtu.be/ASgoxIRnZ0M

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Folk singer/songwriter Daniel Kelly from Australia.

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