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Sleeve Notes for September Days by Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

September DaysLynne and Pat are firmly established on the folk scene and this, their third album, continues to demonstrate their strong loyalty to the tradition.  Their harmonies are outstanding with clear, bright diction and their voices remain as strong as ever.  At the same time, their own special muse has not deserted them and, inspired by their travels and experiences (and having gained their diplomas in laughter facilitation) they continue to write and entertain with their own inimitable material.

Track Notes


1 THE COLLIER LADDIE
Trad – arrangement by Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

This lovely song of a rich man spurned for a collier lad was written by Robert Burns.

2 THE LITTLE TURTLE DOVE
Trad – arrangement by Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

A beautiful song that we got from the singing of the late John Langstaff. It was collected in Somerset by Cecil Sharp.

3 TWA CORBIES
Trad – arrangement by Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

This ballad is a variant of The Three Ravens which dates back to 1611. It tells the tale of a dead man whose wife, hawk and dog have all deserted him and left his body to the mercy of the crows.

4 PHEREMONES
Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

Pheremones – that special scent we all have, which (hopefully) attracts us to someone special.

5 WHITSUNTIDE CAROL
Trad – arrangement by Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

This song was collected from Thomas Coningsby of Whaddon, Cambridgeshire and entered into our psyche from the singing of the Young Tradition.

6 WHERE IS MY BOY TONIGHT?
Robert Lowry – arrangement by Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

This song was written by Robert Lowry in 1877. Robert Lowry was born in Philadelphia and became a Baptist Minister. The song is a mother’s plea for her son to be saved. It actually sounds like a Victorian Parlour song, but is to be found in the Ira D Sankey book ‘Sacred Hymns and Solos.’ We’d like to dedicate this to our own ‘Wandering Boys’!

7 THE HARPER
Pat Turner

An embodiment, in song, of all the itinerant Irish harpers and bards, whose ghosts still sing and play to us today.

8 OFF FOR THE OP
Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

A very topical song, which extols the virtues of having yourself peeled, lifted, siliconed and liposuctioned!

9 LOVELY SUSAN THE MILKMAID
Trad – arrangement by Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

A lovely song from the Frank Purslow collection, it tells of the happy reuniting of a young couple after a long separation. There are no recriminations, no-one pretending to be dead and no-one on the verge of suicide, just an offer of marriage and a happy ending. Ah ……………………

10 RERES HILL
Trad – arrangement by Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

A traditional Scottish song from Dundee. It begins with a young girl bemoaning her ‘overthrow’ in the first verse and being overjoyed in the last verse when her ‘overthrow’ leads to a proposal of marriage. Some girls have all the luck ……..

11 SEPTEMBER DAYS
Jim McCourt – arrangement by Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

A beautiful and lyrical song conjuring up wonderful memories of autumn

12 THE BONNY IRISH MAID
trad – arrangement by Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner

A traditional Irish song of the imminent parting of two lovers, due to emigration.

13 LAMENT OF THE FLITHER GIRLS
Pat Turner

Along the North-East coast of England in the 19th century, flithers – limpets – were collected by the fisherwomen to bait the nets of the fishing boats. It was a hard, relentless life for those women born or married into fisher families. This song began life after our friend, Valmai Brown (from Whitby), played us a documentary on the subject and we dedicate this song to Valmai.

14 FOREIGN FIELDS
Roger Bryant

Roger is one of our favourite songwriters and writes immensely singable songs. This song is from the Cornish Songwriters’ production ‘Unsung Heroes’ and is one of the best anti-war songs we know.