As this, their 4th album, demonstrates, the girls have lost none of their edge in confronting, head-on, the experiences that life can bring. They continue to travel extensively, and to explore, write and perform a colourful spectrum of musical material.
“Everything from high tragedy to ingenious smut – in glorious vocal harmony” (Valmai Goodyear, Lewes Folk Club)
“No-one else would have the nerve…” (Bob Kenwood, Folk in Kent)
1. Bonny George Campbell (Trad)
Child Ballad no. 210 tells the story of one of the Campbells’, possibly our Bonny George, who was killed at the battle of Glenlivet in 1594.
2. Oxfam Girls (Lynne Heraud)
A song about one of our favourite pastimes!
3. Back in the Game (Pat Turner)
Our rather perverse view of the love game – old hands that we are!
4. Rosemary Lane (Trad)
This version is from the Hammond & Gardiner manuscripts and was collected from William Bartlett in Wimborne Union, Dorset.
5. Distant Rumblings (Lynne Heraud)
What can we say except that this was written from true-life experience. We’ll leave it to you to guess who’s true-life experience it was!
6. Time You Old Gypsy Man (Ralph Hodgson and Frank Lee)
A poem written by Frank Hodgson (1871–1962) and set to music by a good friend of ours, Frank Lee. In his poem, Hodgson likens time to a gypsy, who never stays in one place, but is always moving on.
7. Small Fish (Pat Turner)
Written for Roger Bryant’s 70th birthday celebration - that and the one where we dressed up as elves .. Sardines on toast, anyone?
8. The Smear Test (Lynne Heraud)
All women (and even some men) will sympathise with this song.
9. Green Grows the Laurel (Trad)
This has, unexpectedly, proved to be one of our most popular songs. There are a number of versions, often interspersed with floating verses. This one is constructed from texts in Ord’s Both Songs, the Sam Henry Collection, and a broadside in the Crampton Collection.
10. Wife of Usher’s Well (Trad)
Currently our favourite traditional ballad (Child, no. 79). Echoing the power of love, longing and magic, it tells the story of a mother’s grief at the death of her three sons. They come back to visit her for one night but have to leave again before the cock crows. And, yes, we’re still working on the hats …
11. The Black Ship (Pat Turner)
An imaginary scene but with some historical research behind it. The Black Ship might have been berthed in any of the docks along the Limehouse Reach. St. Paul’s is possibly St. Paul’s Church, Shadwell.
12. In Praise of the Menopause (Lynne Heraud)
An amusing ditty about one of the many phases in a woman’s life. Despite this having been a standard of ours for some time, we have never actually recorded it. However, so many people have asked us for it that we decided, finally, to include it in this collection.
13. Braw Sailing (Trad)
We can’t find any information on this song, but it was given to us by a dear friend, Brian Westcott.
14. The Sweetman (Lynne Heraud and Pat Turner)
A taste of our dreams ..
15. IMIMB (Pat Turner)
A jolly and energetic little ditty, written originally to aid the raising of funds for Sport Relief. It is usually sung in the key of double D.