An evocative poem by F W Moorman, 1872-1919, who was Professor of English language at Leeds University. Tune by Dave Keddy from Bradford.
First heard from Fred Jordan on a visit to York folk club in 1970. Some songs give you an extra buzz when singing them. This is my buzz!
CAWD STRINGY PIE
A song spelling out the meaness of Yorkshire men, which we all know isnt true, dont we?. Source- the late Mrs Ada Cade from York.
As a stranger in this country (Canada) he didnt waste time. This song became known around Oxford as Timmy Grant, I cant think why.
In the days when journeymen travelled the country, finding accommodation after their regulation 40 miles wasnt always as fanciful as in this song. Source - Frank Kidson, collected from Mr. Holgate, Leeds.
Politics aside, the hunting world has given us some great songs. This version is from the singing of Joseph Taylor, Lincolnshire.
A Victorian parlour ballad worthy of any singers collection. Words: Charles Jefferys Music: S. Nelson
This song has aquired other titles, Salisbury, Bamburgh, even Liverpool. It appears in Holroyds Ballads of Yorkshire 1892. Tune: Dave Hillary, Ripon.
THE TREES GROW HIGH
Some say the story relates to the actual marriage of the boy Laird of Craigton to an older girl in 1631. Some people say anything!
This song tells of the true events that occured in Brightside near Sheffield in 1769. From the late Arthur Howard near Holmfirth.
This is the only song I know which mentions Halloween. From an early Dransfield record.
HOME MADE REMEDIES
Years ago, if you couldnt afford a doctors visit some very dodgy methods were used to effect a cure.
Source: Charlie Wills 1877-1971, Somerset.
A song in my own tongue. This is a combination of a version collected by F. W. Moorman around 1900, and two verses from Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Translation available on request.
NELLIE O' BOB'S OF CROWTREES
From the pen of John Hartley, a weaver from Halifax. This was in a pamphlet of 1896. Tune: Dave Hillary. Note: Nellie of Bobs (her father) of Crowtrees (their home)