On the Sunny Side of the Street

Here’s a song from our attic in Marden…Julie Atkin sings On the Sunny Side of the Street, which was composed in 1930 by Jimmy McHugh, with lyrics by Dorothy Fields. I’m accompanying her on my 1912 Jeffries duet concertina.

Bandcamp Friday!

It’s Bandcamp Friday – the Friday when Bandcamp generously waives its fees… So I’d like to remind you all of our lovely Bandcamp offerings!


We wish you a happy and peaceful Christmas

The lyrics of this unusual carol are by Spencer family aristocrat and poet William Robert Spencer (1769-1834) and were published in 1811. It’s variously said that the tune is by a Peter Preston or a Ditchling shoemaker and church musician called Peter Parsons. We think it has a lot of the best of Christmas spirit about it, including generosity, and enjoying food and drink and singing.

Rest You Here – a new album from Gavin Atkin

‘Good vocals and excellent recording quality, and good songs. The cover is good as well… ‘ – Nick Dow

‘A very good selection of material, very nicely played. Particularly pleased to hear your take on True Blue!’ – Andy Turner

‘What a lovely laid-back and relaxed album. I particularly liked the last track Archie’s Fancy + Elsie’s Waltz.’ – Rees Wesson

‘Having just heard the album I think it is lovely. A great collection of songs, and the tunes are good as well. A perfect production too! I hope it gets out to a larger audience.’ – Doug Welch

Rest You Here is on Bandcamp!

And we have some samples on YouTube:

Two children’s songs: Lavenders Green and Old King Cole

Here are two interesting alternatives to the usual versions we know so well.

This Lavenders Green uses a tune and verses collected by the Reverend Sabine Baring-Gould, while Old King Cole uses the tune that appeared in a book of nursery rhymes called ‘Little Songs of Long Ago, published in 1912.

The author doesn’t tell us where the Old King Cole tune came from, but it sounds like a traditional tune to us – though of course it could be a tune of the time carefully composed to sound like something older.