Seasons – Spring

Spring

 

Welcome to the Spring section of the Seasons project! For this collection of songs I have chosen pieces which follow a theme of those separated by sea, a theme which is all too common in folk songs. As we follow the songs, there is a rough storyline, or set of storylines, as we follow different characters who have been affected in some way by their separation from a loved one at sea.

In the 1950s there were a number of BBC Radio Ballads produced by Ewan MacColl and Charles Parker which explored the history of different working communities through interviews and song. I first came into contact with ‘Singing the Fishing‘ when my Granny gave me a pile of her old folk records. If you don’t know what to expect, this format of record comes as a bit of a shock, but when you know what they’re about, you can appreciate them as valuable archives of a set of peoples who otherwise would never have had a voice. This collection of Spring songs, which I’m subtitling ‘Across the Waves’ is a nod of appreciation towards the radio ballads, but to tell the stories I have selected only traditional material. This means you can listen to the songs as parts of a narrative, or as entirely separate works (as indeed they were written), as this is not a ‘concept album’ in the typical sense. Enjoy!

26 Wild Mountain Thyme

26 Wild Mountain Thyme

25 Black Is The Colour v.2

25 Black Is The Colour v.2

24 Barrack Street

24 Barrack Street

23 Leave Her, Johnny

23 Leave Her, Johnny

22 Trip To Durrow

22 Trip To Durrow

21 Mrs McGrath

21 Mrs McGrath

20 May Song

20 May Song

19 Black Is The Colour (original version)

19 Black Is The Colour (original version)

18 The Foggy Dew

18 The Foggy Dew

17 Lowlands of Holland

17 Lowlands of Holland

16 At The Harbour

16 At The Harbour

15 Tabhair Dom Do Lámh

15 Tabhair Dom Do Lámh

14 High Germany

14 High Germany