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Some photos from our march in the main street today, organised by the Yass Climate Action Group.
https://www.facebook.com/Yass-Climate-Action-Group-472491846899631

Some photos of mine, and some from the group.

I was part of a similar march in this same town about 10 years ago, and we had less than 20 people, today easily over 100.

Thumbnail has John Warner, who provided some great marching music for the parade.

Lyrics and Chords here:
http://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/climate-changers/

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Don Brian did a great rendition of this at the Canberra Shanty singing session, a fitting song for Talk Like a Pirate Day.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Talk_Like_a_Pirate_Day

I can't find any links to Don Freed's original version, but there are quite a few covers on YouTube.

A slightly more gruesome version by Don Brian (partial):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MynBv9NWSKw

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I heard Phil Bates do this song at the Irish festival here in Yass last weekend. When I went looking for the lyrics I found that the 1850 broadside is quite different to the version that Martin Carthy made popular.

Original broadside here:
http://ballads.bodleian.ox.ac.uk/static/images/sheets/15000/13013.gif

It bothers me that all the parts from Jane Franklin's perspective have been cut from the 1850 version to make the 'folk revival' version, I much prefer the longer original lyrics.

Full story of the expedition here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Franklin%27s_lost_expedition

Lady Franklin kept hoping her husband was alive and funding expeditions until she died 30 years after he departed in 1845.

Sinead O'Connor does my favourite version of this song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fgNcx9st1A

Michael O'Domhnaill also does a beautiful rendition:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kj4RHYJdcE4

Here is Phil's version from his CD (that I swapped with one of mine), Morningtide:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uq9aPqd6zW0&t=28s

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I have been working up to a hideously inaccurate but hopefully at least tuneful rendition of this beautiful Gaelic lament sung by Joe Heaney since first hearing about him in July this year.

Links to Joe's life and the movie about him, Song of Granite, are up on the recording I did of 'Rocks of Bawn':
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIdzyUb7vGg

Here is a link to Joe singing the Three Marys Lament, or Passion Lament, along with Gaelic lyrics and translation:
https://www.joeheaney.org/en/caoineadh-na-dtri-muire-1/

Photos are from the fantastic Irish and Celtic music festival that we had here in town over the weekend. Too many brilliant artists to name, but you can get all the details here:
https://www.facebook.com/jointhecraicinyass

My fingers are a bit sore after playing 7 gigs over the weekend, so happy to do this video in Sean-nós style.

This song from Rian Malan's album, Alien Inboorling, sounded like an anthem or hymn. Thanks to some advice on r/southafrica, I think the melody is probably based on the pre-1994 South African anthem, Die Stem (The Call of South Africa).

You can listen to the Afrikaans version from Rian's album here:
https://shiftyrecords.bandcamp.com/track/jerusalemganger

I have done my best at a translation to English.

Some of the Dutch settlers thought that the Great Trek would take them to Jerusalem (thus Jerusalem Goers). Some history of the Trek is here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Trek

and here:
https://nationalvanguard.org/2016/02/the-great-trek/

Photos from the National Vangard article, The Patriot (Zimbabwe)and Wikipedia (Leon Pelser).

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I've started reading Rian Malan's 1990 book, My Traitor's Heart, about Apartheid-era South Africa.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Traitor%27s_Heart

While reading I found out that Rian has also released a CD of his own songs, Alien Inboorling, in 2005. You can purchase the album here:
https://shiftyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/alien-inboorling

Here is Rian's original song in Afrikaans:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXtpEyLct44

The sound of the album is beautifully crafted, but as the lyrics are almost all in Afrikaans, probably inaccessible to many.

I have taken a go at 'google translating' and re-rhyming the lyrics from the song, Conrad Buys. Happy to be corrected by any Afrikaans speakers. Original lyrics here:
https://www.geni.com/discussions/164734

You can read a short account of the life of Conrad Buys here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coenraad_de_Buys

Pictures are all from wikimedia, by Ryan van Huyssteen, of the Saoutpansberg area where Conrad last lived.

Drawing of Conrad from here:
http://www.camelthorngiants.co.za/12201.html

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I have to admit, I haven't listened to my Johnny Clegg & Savuka CD's for many years. I was introduced to Johnny Clegg's music by a high school friend who's family had fled South Africa during Apartheid in the 1980s. I was always struck by how full of vitality and life this music is.

Johnny Clegg passed back in July this year, you can read about him here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_Clegg

This song isn't about a girl called Dela, as I had wrongly assumed for the past 25 years. Dela in Zulu translates to the home of your heart or contentment.

After recording the Mbube/Lion Sleeps Tonight song and watching the excellent 'Lion's Share' movie I ordered Rian Malan's book 'My Traitor's Heart', which arrived today. I know it is going to be a confronting read.

Here is Johnny's version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9POxYRcwvc

If you haven't heard of Johnny Clegg, please check out his music. Apart from being great to listen to, he also fought apartheid throughout his life and was the first South African mixed race band during that era.

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This song has a long, and sometimes scandalous history, especially in the way profit was made by those who don't necessarily own the rights to a song.

The original song, written by Solomon Linda, called 'Mbube', the Zulu for Lion.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrrQT4WkbNE

This was re-worked by the Weavers:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77VUYPVMtWY

Then again by The Tokens (adding the English lyrics) with the version associated with the Disney movie 'The Lion King':
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQlByoPdG6c

Pete Seeger's voice on his early recording and this reunion is nothing short of incredible:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ06MuB8_04

Pete sent money to Solomon's family when he became aware of the the copyright swindle.

A Netflix film, The Lion's Share, was made about the history of the song:
https://www.netflix.com/au/title/80191050

Lion photos from Pixabay.

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As far as I can tell, Phil never released this song on an album. Here is the audio of him singing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8w4GLy0e5Y

A poignant assessment of age and the passing of time, especially in my mind passing 42 in a few days.

There are some other great examples of this genre, such as the fabulous Joni Mitchell's Circle Game:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGHjHU_Z8d8

or a bit more contemporary with 100 years by Five for Fighting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tR-qQcNT_fY

Some other covers of this song:
Boot Leg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXiiHdr2FQs

Larissa Desrosiers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-uI_7sK0Nhw

Photo: Kenneth Tash

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This song was written based on the testimony of a 7 year old from El Salvador incarcerated in the US, posted on 19 June 2019.

I wrote this song as part of the #AmplifytheChildren project.

You can read this and other declarations here:
https://amplifythechildren.org/excerpts-from-sworn-declarations/7-years-old-from-el-salvador-june-19-2019

And learn about the project here:
https://amplifythechildren.org

Thanks to Neil Young for getting the word out about this:
https://neilyoungarchives.com/news/1/article?id=A-Message-To-Songwriters-Project-Amplify

Lyrics and Chords here:
http://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/7-years-old-in-el-salvador/

Please write and share songs to support this project.

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Recording of the first half of my album launch concert for A Factory Lad at Yazzbar.

Apologies for the quality of the sound and audio, the camera was on the bar.

Songs in this set:
Factory Lad
Manchester Angel
To the Begging I will Go
Blantyre Explosion
Ryebuck Shearer
Whitby Lad

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A Filk song for the purported 2 million people who are going to invade Homey Airport (Area 51) on 20 September 2019.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Storm_Area_51,_They_Can%27t_Stop_All_of_Us

Here is a live performance by Scott McKenzie of the original song written by John Phillips:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bch1_Ep5M1s

Please note, I am not endorsing or encouraging trespassing on US military bases, you will likely get shot and/or arrested.

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I have known about Christy Moore's great version of this for a while (has words):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HA2oxu5UhVM

But was prompted to record a version when someone made a comment on my blog about David Bowie's Black Star saying that the Statue of Liberty is Isis. A little googling will find you several references.

This got me thinking about the 2000 year war on the strength and value of the feminine.

Charlie Murphy wrote the original song, here is his version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gLaf9rZzVQ

Roy Bailey also did a version (which is probably where Christy Moore came by the song):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXoLYj89qWY

You can learn about each of the goddesses mentioned here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isis
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astarte
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_(mythology)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hecate
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demeter
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kali
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inanna

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Jacinda Ardern continues to sent the example for integrity and compassion as a politician on the global stage.
https://www.pmnnews.co.nz/post/jacinda-ardern-pledges-150-million-for-pacific-climate-change-development

Meanwhile in Australia, grubby radio presenters make misogynistic threats against her:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-16/alan-jones-doubles-down-on-criticism-of-jacinda-ardern/11420102

This song was one of Bob Dylan's hits on his second album 'The Freewhellin' Bob Dylan', but the lyrics were first recorded by Bo Carter:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJFRGTP7zwA

Bob is said to have used this tune by Robert Johnson:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lu1lusKcMy8
(I don't hear it, maybe it is just the lyric he took?)

Here is the Bob Dylan version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66A5lrrl39E

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Thanks to the very talented and prolific songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Michael Hermiston, for suggesting a choral cover of his father, Ross Hermiston's lyrics.

I had to shuffle a few of the words and add a verse to fit the structure of Men or Harlech (hopefully I won't offend any Welsh people).

Here is threelegsoman on the original tune:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kTQU-d82Ww

And the English college parody:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwlLA4KF-No

And Michael's original dixieland setting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7Mx9j0TUfE

Not and advertisement for a political party, but definitely an encouragement to treat our planet with more respect.

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It's not often there are two songs from a movie that I cover, and it definitely isn't often that I do a Lady Gaga song.

A Star is Born was such a great movie, and Lady Gaga's acting was fabulous.

Here is the pivotal scene from the movie:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNxCz-Iyu0g

And the background on the song:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shallow_(Lady_Gaga_and_Bradley_Cooper_song)

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No prizes for guessing which movie I watched this weekend. Apart from this great song, the rest of the movie is also pretty good.

Here a live version by the writer, Jason Isbell:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlrAwwqkm4c

And Eddie Vedder:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EmkPU7foy5Y

And the film version sung by Bradley Cooper:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cz0qhCWl1o4

It's long past time to let the old ways of hatred, arrogance, nationalism, fundamentalist religion and bigotry to die.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maybe_It's_Time

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While it is the version from Billy Bragg's 1998 album Mermaid Avenue that everyone knows:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpoo1rja_2I

the lyrics were written by Folk giant Woody Guthrie.

No idea why there are no recordings of Woody doing this song or whether there is any relationship to Billy Bragg's arrangement.

The Woody Guthrie site has a list of all Woody's unpublished songs that have been put to music by contemporary artists:
https://www.woodyguthrie.org/biography/newsongs.htm

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After recording this in the Dave Van Ronk style, I was playing around with the A Minor key and came up with this rework.

You can read the likely 1918 source for this song here:
https://www.horntip.com/html/books_&_MSS/1910s/1917-1933_gordon_inferno_collection_(MSS)/index.htm

I can't quite tell if their is a sexual connotation to the song (like the rest of the Inferno collection) or if Robert W Gordon just thought it was too irreverent to go in his main folk song collection.

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Raymond Crooke's recent upload about unicorns reminded me of this song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5I_w_uM7ug&t=0s

I sing it every time we go to the local cafe that has a Noah's ark set that my son plays with.

Dave Van Ronk did this recording:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJKqfplIZN8

Origins are probably more NSFW than what Dave sings, as the
song formed part of Robert W Gordon's collection of songs too bawdy to go in his mainstream publications (search Oh Noah):
https://books.google.com.au/books?id=mbz6e6lQiooC

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I found out today that Sesame Street are having their 50th anniversary this year!

I owe so much of my preschool education to this show, my exposure to diversity, my respect for other languages and cultures, my approaches to coping with emotion and my love of vampires.

For so many kids who didn't have parents around because they were working or absent for other reasons, this show raised them, educated them and made them feel safe.

You can find some great content around the anniversary here:
https://www.sesamestreet.org/anniversary

I used this brilliant archive to pick some frames from episodes that aired when i was growing up:
https://muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Episode_2485

I don't own any of the content, clearly, just posting this in support of the Sesame Street team and their amazing work.

Details of this song, written by Joe Raposo, Jon Stone and Bruce Hart:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can_You_Tell_Me_How_to_Get_to_Sesame_Street%3F

One of the things I love about being a YouTube musician is meeting people from all over the world and sharing a love of music.

Scott Freeman wrote nine songs from subscriber title prompts in 30 minutes. Congratulations on reaching 500 subs Scott! Here is the complete video, including my song suggestion from around 2:48:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JWt16JeWKo

I have done an acoustic folk treatment of Scott's punk masterpiece, with some minor word re-arranging.

Check out Scott's channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRVyGtzfyUbDIxuZN47Fp2w

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This filk song is based on the 1964 song, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, written by Bennie Benjamin, Horace Ott and Sol Marcus for Nina Simone, but possibly best known for the 1965 Animals rock version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bw7RTUEZMyg

Thanks to Martin Pearson for prompting the idea with his Facebook comment about Harry's general incompetence.

Lyrics here:
http://www.folklounge.org/portfolio/im-just-a-jock/

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Folk singer/songwriter Daniel Kelly from Australia.

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