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:
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 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:
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:
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:
Mudcat Thread here:
The Wheezers version is very close to the version here by Robin & Barry Dransfield:
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:
And Grant's acceptance speech:
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:
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:
There are a few more versions here:
And some others on Mudcat:
Watching James Cordon and Paul McCartney this week was such a heartwarming experience after such a week of tragedy and sadness:
Had to cover one of his songs in celebration.
Some of the back story that Paul discusses with James is here:
Thanks for being so awesome Bill Oddie:
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:
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:
Let's be more kind. :)
After reading and listening to some of these stories:
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:
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):
And the very popular A Capella Flying Pickets cover:
And these guys are fantastic:
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:
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.
Many thanks to the YouTube community for your support and advice.
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:
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:
Chords and Lyrics:
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:
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.
Here is my quick attempt at putting the words to a tune.
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.
suggests that the stone is from this story:
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:
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:
The song appears on Davey's 2017 album, Kernowcopia, here is Davey playing another song from the album live:
Blog post with the origins of the song:
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.
Here is Bebe Neuwirth from the original cast:
My daughter Lily is singing, with Tristan doing tap. What a different 6 years makes!
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:
Charles suggested Ewan MacColls:
Here are the lyrics:
Weevils in the flour is the title of a book published by Wendy Lowenstein in 1978, documenting the depression in Australia in the 1930s.
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:
And Raymond Crooke's version:
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.
My setting of another Cicely Fox Smith poem, original here:
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.