FTX-423 - "THE CHAIN OF GOLD"

SONGS & CUSTOMS

OF CAMBRIDGESHIRE & THE FENS

Selected from recordings made in the area by Peter Kennedy, including natural dialect speakers talking about local customs, frometty, food, drink, Harvest Homes etc. and singing some of the Plough and Harvest Songs as well as some comics. Then two of the songs sung annually at Haxey Hood on 6th January recorded in 1953 followed by an 83 year old fiddler with local country dance tunes. Finally a group of Romany travellers rec at Friday Bridge, Wisbech in 1956, perform step-dances on a gypsy wagon with harmonica and spoons and their father sings two of he songs most popular with travellers.

THE WHITSUNTIDE SONG - talk about Plough Monday at Long Stanton and Morris at Cambridge - "Three horse land" - Whip-cracking - Cutting briars and running the girls around - making frometty - Stanton Feast Sunday - Harvest Homes - ALL JOLLY FELLOWS THAT FOLLOW THE PLOUGH - THE THREE ROBBERS - THE THRESHING SONG - THE BRISK YOUNG MAIDEN - THE THREE BUTCHERS - THE CHAIN OF GOLD - THE GOOD LOOKING MAN - ALL JOLLY FELLOWS (2nd version) - THE SHIP THAT NEVER RETURNED (Henry Work) - BOLD WILLIAM TAYLOR - THE HAPPY FAMILY - FENLAND SONG - "Haxey Hood" - JOHN BARLEYCORN - DRINK OLD ENGLAND DRY - POP GOES THE WEASEL - THE DUKE OF YORK'S GRAND MARCH - DEVIL AMONG THE TAILORS - WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCHED - Talk about step-dancing - DEVONSHIRE TIME - BLUEBELL POLKA - BOLD DRUNKARDS - DIED FOR LOVE

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