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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: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Helen_Allingham_The_saucer_of_milk.jpg

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The Julie and Gavin Atkin album Sentimental Journey is officially out and is available to order from the record label Red Admiral, and as downloads on Amazon and iTunes. 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 […]

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The smashing old hit I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, by Fred E Ahlert and Joe Young, sung here by Julie, accompanied by Gavin on Jeffries duet concertina.

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A magnificent song, in any language – the understated way she lets you know she’s going to shoot him is a real kicker…

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Julie sings Summertime

It was only a matter of time before Julie would add this classic lullaby by George and Ira Gershwin classic to her repertoire – and here it is. It’s great to have her singing more again. Arranging it was quite a challenge for a two-row melodeon, but I like the way my old C/F Koch […]

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Dashing Away with the Smoothing Iron and Nobody Knows You when You’re Down and Out are a couple of songs we’ve been singing in the sessions and folk clubs lately – so we thought it was time to share them. Dashing is a bit of a departure for Julie, who usually leaves traditional songs to […]

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This is another song from our visit to the Royal Oak at Lewes last week, with Julie right on song and the tina sounding mellow. Didn’t Frank Loesser just write some corking songs?

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We thought it would be fun to try an experiment – accompanying Julie’s singing using the melodeon. We imagined it would make a nice change and this is the result! The song was originally composed by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, and a very nice, deceptively simple piece of work it is.

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We’ve been learning some new songs ahead of a gig at Islington Folk Club on the 1st October – and this is one of them. Julie and I think it’s a hoot – Frank Loesser’s chords for Slow boat to China alone are wild and wonderful. The splendid postcard of the liner United States is […]

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Oxfordshire’s Towersey Festival is an almost overwhelming experience – colourful, crowded, exuberant and crammed with good music, singing, dancing and a range of other entertainments. Gav was involved with several this year including a dance band booking with Florida and some workshops to lead. So on Sunday lunchtime we took the opportunity to drop into […]

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