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A simple musical score for What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor? The outlandish knight 12. All Around My Hat. The age of the Drunken Sailor shanty is uncertain. Unfortunately, the mare dies during the trip. I appreciate your comment a great deal. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 20, 2017: Hi, marygold. Shop our newest and most popular English Folk Song sheet music such as "Country Gardens", "The Water Is Wide" and "The Water Is Wide (with Bring Me a Little Water, Sylvie)", or click the button above to browse all English Folk Song sheet music. The group was started in 1968 by men who had recently graduated from King's College, Cambridge. I loved that first one best, I think. In modern times, carols are associated primarily with Christmas, but in reality there... Children's songs. Common ideas include: Most members of The Irish Rovers have Irish ancestry, but the group was established in Canada. Each verse contains the same list of people, giving the tale a humorous aspect for many people who hear it. Old songs that have survived allow us to look at the interests and values of people in history. Folk Songs Volume 1. Wouldn't it be good to also know the stories behind the people referred to in the song, if indeed they were real-life people? Two suggestions that have been proposed are described below. Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on December 30, 2016: Thank you very much, Bill. (The lyrics can be seen by following the link in the Reference section below.) English courses for children aged 6–17; Helping your child; Video tips; Top tips; Resources; Apps; Section menu. Singers often modified a song after they discovered it, either deliberately or accidentally. Bards were singers and poets in the time of the early Celts. Song and part-song settings of English folk songs, in part with piano acc. I'll explore them on YouTube. I hope you have a great 2017. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 09, 2019: You’re welcome, Hannah. The song was carried to the Appalachians in the eighteenth century by English or Scots-Irish settlers. I've always known it as "I Gave My Love a Cherry", but it's sometimes called "The Riddle Song". Folk songs are an important part of our culture. The knight and the shepherd's daughter 4. This is why different variations of the lyrics exist today. This was a sweet post. Not quite so keen on 'Green Grow the Rushes' but again, the story behind it is intriguing, and I love the video - nobody can have that kind of fun performing a modern pop song can they! (When a ring is rolling it has no end.). Read 2 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. This set of particular folk tunes are all originated in Somerset, England. 18 … Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 28, 2017: Thanks, Robert! A carol is a festive song. Thanks for introducing these songs complete with history and meanings. The Dubliners was a popular group of Irish musicians that was founded in 1962 and officially retired in 2012. Peter suggested that a shelter of branches be created for each man, which would have produced green "clothing". For other versions with tunes, see Traditional Tunes (p. 24); Folk Songs from the Eastern Counties (p. 47); English Traditional Songs and Carols (p. 32); and Journal of the Folk-Song Society (volume i, p. 164; volume ii, pp. THE PENGUIN BOOK OF ENGLISH FOLK SONGS - from the Journal of the Folk Song Society and the Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society Ralph; A. L. Lloyd Vaughan Williams 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 The second asks for the answers to the riddles. Barbara Ellen 8. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 15, 2020: Hi, Peggy. That first song, the cherry? No. I enjoy listening to them and singing them. I found the read enjoyable as well as informative! Sharp (1859–1924) was one of the most renowned musicologists in the area of true folksong, and these 100 folksongs were all collected by him from actual singers all across Britain. This is the first in a series of four albums recording all 80 of the folk songs in English that Ralph Vaughan Williams arranged for voice and piano or violin. According to various sources, the word "Óró" in the title of the Irish song is a cheer. RnB Rotation. Two versions of the third riddle have survived, for example, as shown below. 28 September 2020. Like you, I love exploring and listening to traditional folk songs. Geordie. Fascinating how each song has an interesting background, thank you for sharing. U.S. Department of Defense, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain license. The video below shows how this process works. Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. Perhaps the folk songs that are being created today will serve the same purpose for people in the future. It is a Child Ballad and is also know as "The Baffled Knight." if that was the original tune then I can see where Donny got his song, twelfth of never! Steeleye Span Cover - Searching For Lambs - Traditional English Folk … Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy. Listen to folk music radio for free online with unlimited skips. Thanks for reading the article and listening to the songs. Verse two adds a reference to lily-white boys clothed in green. The third gives the answers. lol. Blow Boys Blow. The 100 Essential Folk Songs Song - Written OR Performed by: This Land is Your Land - Woody Guthrie Blowin’ in the Wind - Bob Dylan City of New Orleans - Steve Goodman If I Had a Hammer - Pete Seeger Where Have All The Flowers Gone - The Kingston Trio Early Morning Rain - Gordon Lightfoot I just don't hear today's children sing any of the folk songs my pears and I, and previous generations, used to sing. Rachel L Alba from Every Day Cooking and Baking on December 30, 2016: Hi Alicia, What an interesting hub. Thanks, Larry. I’m glad the article was helpful. They are often very enjoyable to hear and can transmit facts and ideas to listeners. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 30, 2016: Thank you for the comment and for sharing the interesting information about the Navy choir, Mel. The following 200 pages are in this category, out of approximately 311 total. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 10, 2017: Thank you very much for such a lovely comment, Audrey! I agree—the first tune is both lovely and memorable. Hi, Rachel. That was a compelling read. English Folk Songs book. Zeus transformed the bothers into the Gemini constellation. Many ballads were written and sold as... Carols. I hope you have a very happy new year. Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on January 27, 2017: Very nice Linda. There are twelve verses in total. I love exploring the backgrounds of folk songs. Just as special in its own way and with so much special meaning for those who love it. Today they are appreciated as songs in their own right. Today it's described as both a traditional English song and a traditional American one, depending on the writer's point of view. and version of Six studies in English folk-songs for viola (originally for violoncello) and piano Program notes by Ursula Vaughan Williams and the conductor on container Notes. We had a project we needed to do by today and had to put in folk songs. The tune is so memorable. Learn to play folk songs on your guitar through chords, lyrics and recordings The remaining references in the song are controversial. Based on your description, I'm glad I've never discovered them! I enjoy them very much. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 01, 2017: Hi, CYong74. Frinck51, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 License. The surviving members of the group formed "The Dublin Legends", which still exists today. The song is fun to sing even though we don't know the intent of some of the phrases that we're singing. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 30, 2016: That was a fun and interesting read. This gentle song is believed to have been a lullaby for most of its history, although it may have been a love song as well. As I think you know, I love traditional folk and I know all of these songs, though not the history behind them. Blaydon Races. I still recall some of the folk songs I was taught as a child. Like most folk songs, though, the suggestions vary in different versions of the song. I gave my love a cherry that has no stone, I gave my love a chicken that has no bone, I told my love a story that has no end (I gave my love a ring that has no end). The definition of "folk song" is somewhat nebulous. It's best seen in the Arctic but is sometimes visible at lower latitudes. I appreciate the share and the pin a great deal as well. The rest of the title means "You Are Welcome Home". As is the case for English folk songs, there is some uncertainty about the history of the Irish one. Bingo (folk song) The Bishoprick Garland; The Bitter Withy; Blackbird (Beatles song) Blackleg Miner; Blacksmith (song) Blaydon Races; Blow the Man Down; Blow the Wind Southerly; Blyth and Tyneside Poems & Songs; Bob Cranky's Adieu; Bobby Shafto; Bobby Shafto's Gone to Sea; Bonnie Annie; Border ballad; The Bramble Briar; Brigg Fair; A Brisk Young Sailor Courted Me; Broom Buzzems The first verse presents four seemingly impossible situations or riddles. I'll be sure to pass this enjoyable write along to friends and followers. In many cases, recordings by the original songwriters were overshadowed by hit cover versions. Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 02, 2017: Interesting and refreshing hub ! Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 29, 2016: Singing folksongs seems to be a habit of the past. "Widecombe Fair" was published around 1890 in a book entitled Songs and Ballads of the West. Put him in bed with the captain's daughter. The names represents twin brothers in Greek and Roman mythology. Although it seems to be accepted that the references in "Green Grows the Rushes, O" are symbolic, there is often disagreement about what they mean. Thanks for reminding us of our precious folk songs, Alicia :). Scribbling Geek from Singapore on January 01, 2017: I remember reading some REALLY violent versions of Drunken Sailor in the 90s. The riddle song explains how a cherry can have no stone. This first album has 23 tracks including 15 world premières. The Goldilocks song. Drunken sailor is one I can relate to, though the cat o nine tails had been phased out by the time I did my service, thank goodness. The world’s biggest free digital archive of English traditional folk music and dance tunes “The Full English is possibly the most exciting and significant thing to happen to British folk music in at least a generation… To give everyone the keys to the archive of our common heritage will be an invaluable inspiration to generations of musicians and writers. Shanties were originally sung by sailors as they worked at sea. HI Alicia, lol! The refrain in the Irish song sounds very much like the one in the Drunken Sailor, as shown in the video below. The background music is Spanish Ladies Sequenced by Lesley Nelson-Burns. 215. Lord Bateman 7. I knew three of these songs, but had never really taken a deeper look at them. 27 and 208; volume iii, p. 191). My Dad often used to play his Seven Drunken Nights. You did it much better than me so I will delete and start again a new one. I think the first song is beautiful and other three are fun. She is transformed into a ghost that haunts the moor. The song sung today is thought to be based on a medieval riddle song dating from fifteenth century England. It's a shame that the folk song was changed. I love exploring them. 25 September 2020. I've included the probable history of each of the songs described below where possible. Seth Bernard Lakeman (born 26 March 1977) is an English folk singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, who is most often associated with the… John Renbourn 61,362 listeners ("Captain's daughter" was a nickname for the cat o' nine tails. Child Ballads and Sea Shanties. English folk music collector Cecil J. The full name of the village where the fair operates is Widecombe-in-the-Moor. (Incidentally I like many of the other posts in this Comments section, and it's easy for me to agree with them). Enjoy Tom’s NapsterLive Session from 2017. Thank you very much for the comment, Nell. I'm sorry I didn't notice it earlier. Blackwaterside. Interesting too to hear 'Óró Sé do Bheatha Bhaile' - the similarities between this and 'Drunken Sailor' had not occurred to me before. This category has the following 7 subcategories, out of 7 total. Allan's Illustrated Edition of Tyneside Songs and Readings, The Cat Sat Asleep by the Side of the Fire, Catcheside-Warrington's Tyneside Stories & Recitations, Cresswell's Local and other Songs and Recitations 1883, Dunbar's local songs and recitations 1874, If wishes were horses, beggars would ride, List of Geordie characters, events and places, Over the Hills and Far Away (traditional song), https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Category:English_folk_songs&oldid=986073842, Template Category TOC via CatAutoTOC on category with 301–600 pages, CatAutoTOC generates standard Category TOC, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 29 October 2020, at 16:59. Herby, via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0 License. The Acoustic Music Archive. There were a lot of progressive folk bands in the sixties and seventies. According to the song, the answers to the riddles are as follows: Nana Mouskouri is a popular singer from Greece. Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 30, 2016: Interesting, refreshing and humorous. Traditional songs from different cultures are very interesting. Tom Pearce, Tom Pearce, lend me your grey mare. https://spinditty.com › genres › Traditional-English-Folk-Songs-Music-and-Facts Fairs in the time of the song were places to sell livestock and wares. The first verse of the song is shown below. The Widecombe Fair still exists, although today it offers entertainment as well as agricultural events. Thanks Alicia! Its … Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on December 29, 2016: Thanks for the comment, Martie. The story behind Widecombe Fair is particularly interesting. The history of the song is very uncertain, but a version without the "Green Grow the Rushes, O" refrain was being sung in the early 1800s. Tel: 020 7485 2206 | Email: [email protected] | Registered charity number 305999 Cookies: The English Folk Dance and Song Society’s websites use cookies: please read our cookie policy for more information. Traditional folk songs were often sung unaccompanied, but sometimes a fiddle or other instrument provided an accompaniment. Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on August 31, 2017: Thanks for taking me back to mountain music. Traditional folk songs generally come from a culture that no longer exists, but they are still interesting. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 08, 2017: Thanks, Vellur. I hope 2017 is a great year for you. A ballad is a form of verse, often a narrative story and set to music. Linda Crampton has loved music since childhood. 'Alouette' (1879) "Alouette" is a French-Canadian folk song about plucking the feathers from a lark … I sing and play each one featured here in your article. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 15, 2020: I was familiar with the first two songs and am enjoying listening to the a capella singers right now in that last song. Love your hub! Thanks for sharing the information, though. She is still performing in her eighties. This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. Thanks for this Linda - songs which survive for centuries do so for a reason - memorable tunes, enjoyable lyrics, easy to sing and play. Just plain good. Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 08, 2017: Interesting and informative article about traditional folk songs. "Widecombe Fair" is a popular narrative tale from Devon. Ballads: 1. We still play them and so thankful for our musical heritage. Robin Hood and the Tanner 5. Thank you so much! 3.954025. Folk songs discuss matters of concern for everyday people—in other words, for most of us. Choose a station and hear the best new and classic folk on the Internet. you beat me to it! Mel Carriere from San Diego California on December 30, 2016: A lot of fun and great history too. This was a multi-tailed whip used in corporal punishment. Though she officially retired in 2008, she has come out of retirement. Thanks for assembling this group of English folk songs and writing some facts about them. The sailor song may have been partially derived from the Irish one. English Folk Songs - Chords, Lyrics and Origins. The collector of the songs in the book was Sabine Baring-Gould, a clergyman who was interested in English folk music. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on September 06, 2017: Thank you very much for the comment, Jackie. The best new Indie Songs of the week! Experience Tom Grennan Live with MelodyVR. The quote under the video shows how the song has progressed by the time the fourth verse is reached. I grew up playing the music we called mountain music. Much enjoyed! The identity of these boys is one of the controversies in the song. For a comprehensive list of 25,000 traditional English language songs, see List of folk songs by Roud number. Forms of folk music Ballads. They allow us to glimpse a time that has passed but that may still influence us. Calypso, skiffle, novelty songs and other folk music styles are included. Little Sir Hugh 9. I listened to the songs and they were very catchy, I wanted to tap my foot to the faster ones. Both are members of the modern bardic community. Today, the word "Early" in the Drunken Sailor phrase "Early in the morning" is generally pronounced er-lie, as in the performance above. I enjoy listening to folk songs, especially traditional ones. Great stuff. Some people spell Widdecombe with a double d, but a single d is generally considered to be the standard spelling today. A chicken has no bone—or isn't eaten—when it's pipping (starting to break through the eggshell as it hatches). The traditional Irish song "Óró Sé do Bheatha Bhaile" (Irish Gaelic language) is believed to have been created in the eighteenth century before the creation of the Drunken Sailor sea shanty. I think they're great songs. I love 'Drunken Sailor' - such a catchy tune - and hearing it again (for the first time in years) makes me want to find a CD of sea shanties to buy. They may have been corrupted over time. Folk songs of the past were generally transmitted orally. Here Jesus was transfigured and developed a white and glowing appearance. Lady Maisry 11. 57 of the 80 songs have not previously been recorded in these arrangements, so there is a good deal of unknown – but very beautiful – music to be found here. 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