Thursday, 21 March 2019
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The original score for this song is marked allegro, meaning fast and bright. The mp3 files here are recorded at 115bpm (beats per minute) which is about the bare minimum (or even a little too slow) to qualify as allegro.
Wednesday, 20 March 2019
It can be heard on the BBC website here (not sure how long this will be available), where you will also find links to further programme information. You may also be interested in the following links which are associated with the programme:
https://soundcloud.com/voice/turtle-dove-pilgrimage A recording of the BBC broadcast on the SoundCloud website. If you are unable to listen on the BBC website, you may be able to listen here instead.
http://thenestcollective.co.uk/turtledovepilgrimage/ A detailed written description of the pilgrimage.
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/turtle-dove-pilgrimage-tickets-53093862171 Website for booking a place on this year's pilgrimage (now sold out).
https://britishpilgrimage.org/ Website of the British Pilgrimage Trust which organises The Turtle Dove Pilgrimage and others.
Tonight at The John Harvey Tavern, nineteen of us squashed into the pub’s small downstairs dining room. It was lovely to have Cat back singing with us – it is nearly two and a half years since Rhion was born – and she still remembers all the lyrics! Another pleasant surprise was that Maggie brought along her friend Bonnie who sings with Anne and Alan in Cotillion.
Tina had the set list for the Firle Garden Show so we were able to work through almost all of it; Country Life, On Sussex Hills, Bee Boy’s Song, The Nightingale, Fathom the Bowl, Rosebuds in June, Twanky Dillo, West Sussex Drinking Song, spending a little more time on Hares on the Mountain with both first and second verses and putting the hares on the mountain and the sheep on the common! Ale Glorious Ale, Oak Ash and Thorn, Pleasant and Delightful, The Magpie, before we worked through all the verses in Song of The Sussex Downsman and also Brisk Young Ploughboy, omitting the second verse which is about the morning and horses. Then we gave time to sing both tunes and all verses for Caburn Hill, before finishing with The East Sussex Drinking Song and Thousands Or More!
Saturday, 9 March 2019
Tuesday, 5 March 2019
The Garden Show at Firle Place, Firle, East Sussex BN8 6NS
We have been invited to sing a couple of song sets at this increasingly popular event which this year supports the community charity Hands of Hope
There will be the usual two 35-minute song sets with preamble which will be held in Firle Church if the weather proves inclement, but it was sunny and dry last year, so fingers crossed, otherwise outside at a site/s of our choosing when Jane gives me an update on the layout due to the increased number of stalls this year.
Entry will be by pre-issued pass, so please contact me by email email@example.com or come and put your name on the event list at the next YOHAH to show your intention of volunteering on the day to sing. So I can pass these out at the Worthing meeting on 3rd April. Members of the Chi. & Lewes meetings attending on that date can collect passes for their respective Singers.
Cut-off date for volunteers, so I can give Jane the number of passes we will need, is 26th March. Please also wear your lanyards on the day for easy identification.
Apparel will be dictated by the weather but greens, blues, shades of cream/light yellow as usual if you have them.
The set lists will be as below.
- Country Life [Eb - Ab]
- On Sussex Hills [A]
- The Bee Boy's Song [G]
- The Nightingale [A]
- Fathom The Bowl [D#]
- Rosebuds In June [B]
- Twanky Dillo [G]
- West Sussex Drinking Song [F]
- Hares On The Mountain
- Ale, Glorious Ale [E]
- Oak, Ash & Thorn [E]
- Pleasant & Delightful [A]
- The Magpie [B]
- Song Of The Sussex Downsman [C#]
- Brisk Young Ploughboy [C]
- East Sussex Drinking Song [F]
- Green Grow The Laurel [G]
- A Smuggler's Song [C#]
- Thousands Or More [A]
- Turnip Hoer [B]
- Jolly Good Song
Saturday, 2 March 2019
But a fascinating detail emerges from comparing the hymn tune, which they called 'Monk's Gate', with the original folk-song. 'Monk's Gate' repeats its first line, like many hymn tunes. But in the original song it is the second line, not the first, which is repeated - more irregular, but more fun. Vaughan Williams has smoothed it out. He was perfectly unapologetic about this sort of thing: folk-song was a living, oral tradition, and tunes changed between versions, or 'variants', as he called them, from one village to the next. His version is just one more 'variant'.
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Friday, 1 March 2019
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Thursday, 21 February 2019
Several apologies from long-standing singers who have had to travel to all corners of the world, but our numbers were boosted by three new singers who have returned to The John Harvey Tavern to share our repertoire and enhance the sound that drifts through the pub. Tina had prepared a flexible running order so that we were able to air a wide variety of songs as we head into spring and summer, not all of which we sing regularly at venues.
The Constant Lovers, Oh, Good Ale, The Bee Boy’s Song, Green Grow the Laurel, Ha’nacker Mill, The Brave Eleven, Hares on the Mountain, Life of a Man, Rosebuds in June, Jim The Carter Lad, Twanky Dillo, Sussex by the Sea, Old Adam, The Magpie, The Nightingale, Song of The Sussex Downsman, A Smuggler’s Song, Littlehampton Collier Lads, They Won’t Let Us Go To Sea Any More, Pleasant and Delightful, the Woodcutter’s Song and Thousands Or More!
The newcomers are quick learners and managed to keep up with the introduction of this medley of songs. It won’t be long until they know the lot without word sheets like the rest of us (wish we could)!