A song collected by Ralph Vaughan Williams, this time from a Mr. Broomfield, in the village of East Hornden, Essex. It’s a poetic song describing a young girl’s disappointment, and the tune is surely one of the great glories of English folk song.
Green Broom, sung by Julie and Gavin Atkin. We learned the song after listening to traditional singer Sam Larner’s excellent performance of the song.
The Bold Fisherman, sung by Julie Atkin. This is her interpretation of the song, which she learned from the classic book Marrowbones.
Raking the Hay, sung by Julie Atkin. This is her interpretation of a song, which she was inspired to learn after listening to a CD of
the wonderful traditional singer Phoebe Smith.
Georgie, sung by Julie Atkin. This is her interpretation of the version collected from Joseph Taylor of Brigg by Percy Grainger in 1908, using a wax cylinder recording machine.
Julie and Gavin at Revelation St Mary’s, Ashford. Photos by the excellent Lewis Brockway. Many thanks Lewis!
When we’re not singing, this is also something we do! We’ve vidoed a few more, of you’re interested: The Black Velvet Band and The French Assembly, Scan Tester’s No 2 and No 1, and The Kelso Accordion and Fiddle Club and One More Dance and Then.
We’re in the second half of this rather nice short video… Thanks Oyster Project folks!
In Yonder Old Oak sung by Julie and Gavin Atkin, and learned from Kent’s famous singing family The Millens of Smarden. For more from us, see http://singdanceandplay.net
The image of rural life painted by Helen Allingham is taken from Wikimedia Commons.
Here’s what the record label blurb says:
‘A 19-track album stuffed full of well-known songs from a bygone age and which you have been hearing all your life – maybe initially on your mothers knee.
‘Julie’s soulful voice is accompanied by Gavin on his Jeffries duet concertina, and melodeon.
‘Recorded in a natural environment they are virtually in the room with you, performing the often nostalgic combination of Tin Pan Alley songs and music from the twenties and thirties.’
And it’s just in time for Christmas! See the Red Admiral website.