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Sleeve Notes for The Axford Five by The Askew Sisters & Craig Morgan Robson

The Axford FiveSongs collected  by George Gardiner from the village of Axford, Hampshire in 1904 from Sarah Goodyear, Marty Munday, Elizabeth Randall, Charlotte Hall and Emma Hopkins. Together these women, known affectionately as the Axford Five, provided a rich variety of material, from songs of love and loss, murder and mischief to the downright risqué!

Description


This is a celebration of the songs of five women singers who lived in rural Hampshire 100 years ago. Folk song collector George Gardiner turned his sights to Hampshire in 1904 and was pleasantly surprised to find a wealth of traditional songs still being sung in this previously untouched area. One of the reasons that Gardiner was so successful here was his meeting with Sarah Goodyear of Bermondspit Cottage, Axford. She hosted meetings of singers at her house so that Gardiner could note the songs more easily, along with Charles Gamblin, his music notator. It was generally much harder to find women singers as they were much less prominent in the pub singing communities he often collected from. In addition to Sarah’s own great contribution, this CD celebrates the songs of Marty Munday, Elizabeth Randall, Charlotte Hall and Emma Hopkins. Together these women, known affectionately as the Axford Five, provided a rich variety of material, from songs of love and loss, murder and mischief to the downright risqué!


1. The Gypsy Laddie    
2. He Was Under My Window    
3. Long Lankie    
4. Down in Fleet Street    
5. Bold William Taylor    
6. Lord Derwentwater    
7. An Old Man Came Courting Me    
8. The Lowlands of Holland    
9. Abroad as I was walking    
10. Beautiful Nancy    
11. Tarry Trousers    
12. Down the Lane    
13. A Famous Farmer    
14. Sweet Lovely Joan    
15. The Trooper’s Horse    

Track Notes


1 The Gypsy Laddie




2 He Was Under My Window




3 Long Lankie




4 Down in Fleet Street




5 Bold William Taylor




6 Lord Derwentwater




7 An Old Man Came Courting Me




8 The Lowlands of Holland




9 Abroad as I was Walking




10 Beautiful Nancy




11 Tarry Trousers




12 Down the Lane




13 A Famous Farmer




14 Sweet Lovely Joan




15 The Trooper's Horse