Merry Christmas from Julie and Gav

A lovely, peaceful and well Christmas to you all! Julie was planning to sing something lovely, but as she’s recovering from covid the job has fallen to me instead.

This is a classic Paddy Roberts song about the ways of a certain sort of Englishman, and also about viruses. It seems very appropriate for the season…

From the Wikipedia I learn that Paddy (1910-1975) was born in Natal and was a lawyer and a pilot with the RAF in World War II. He had a number of songwriting successes in the 1950s and ’60s, wrote songs for films and released a number of CDs and LPs of his own often risqué songs.

The Banks of Inverary

Julie sings The Banks of Inverary, from the Southern Harvest collection of songs from the Hammond and Gardiner manuscripts; we were introduced to this great book by our friend Nick Dow, who was heavily involved in its editing and production. This particular song was collected from Robert Barratt of Piddletown, Dorset in 1905.

We hope you enjoy the song!

Moonlight Serenade

Moonlight Serenade. It’s an American swing-era popular song originally composed as a band piece by Glenn Miller. Mitchell Parish added the lyrics later. It’s just made for a voice like Julie’s, but it’s also a Jeffries duet concertina favourite of mine. I wonder whether it ever played this particular number in the hands of an earlier owner…