Folk Music Journal

Folk Music Journal is a magazine focusing on Folk Music

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 4, Annual

A Somerset Scrapbook: Songs, Stories and Music from the County of Somerset
Collected by Bob and Jaqueline Patten. CD-ROM (Musical Traditions MTCD252, 2013). [pounds sterling]12.00. Described as a CD-ROM project, A Somerset Scrapbook is a novel approach to reissuing the Pattens' 1987 hook/cassette combination of the same...
Charlie McGonigle (1936-2012)
Charlie McGonigle, of Cloontagh, Clonmany, Co. Donegal, revered member of the Inishowen Traditional Singers' Circle, a central figure in the annual Ballyliffin International Seminar, and patriarch of a singing family, died on 13 August 2012 and is...
Dan McGonigle (1925-2013)
Dan McGonigle, of Doaghmore, Isle of Doagh, Clonmany, Co. Donegal, was born to John 'Granny's John' McGonigle and Cassie Denery' Doherty (daughter of another singing family).' His brothers Packie, John, and Jimmy, who all predeceased him, were also...
Easy and Bold
John & Tim Lyons. CD + booklet. Veteran VT158CD, 2012. [pounds sterling]10.25. The first thing that impresses on this CD is the voice quality of each singer. It is quite startling to realize that John Lyons was born in 1933 and Tim in 1937 but...
Editorial
The event of the past year was, of course, the launch of the Full English Digital Archive hosted by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, giving free online access to all of the major manuscript collections of English folk song <www.vwml.org.uk/>....
Far in the Mountains, Vol. 5, Echoes from the Mountains: Songs and Tunes from Mike Yates' Appalachian Collections, 1979-1983
CD + booklet (Musical Traditions MTCD513, 2013). [pounds sterling]12.00. This collection is a fine successor to Mike Yates's two previous double CD albums under the Far in the Mountains title, issued by Musical Traditions more than a decade ago....
Ivor Allsop (1930-2012)
Ivor Allsop, holder of the Gold Badge of the EFDSS and former Squire of the Morris Ring, died in hospital in Barnsley on 2 November 2012, at the age of eighty-two. The cause of death was given as pneumonia. Ivor was born in Sheffield and as a teenager...
Jane Turriff (1915-2013)
Jane Turriff, one of the most distinctive voices in traditional singing, has died at the age of ninety-eight. 'It's a happy person that sings,' she often said and indeed, despite physical challenges, Jane remained one of the most cheerful and positive...
Medieval English Lyrics and Carols
Thomas G. Duncan (ed.). Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2013. xiv + 466 pp. Bibliography. Index. ISBN 978-1-84384-341-2. [pounds sterling]25.00. The poems in Medieval English Lyrics and Carols are divided into two parts by date-1200-1400 and 1400-1530...
Morris Dancers & Rose Queens, Vol. 2: An Anthology of Reported Carnivals and Galas in West Lancashire 1900 to 1909
J. Haslett. Leyland: Fairhaven Press, 2013. Limited edition [pounds sterling]. Illus. 137.50. I had the pleasure of reviewing the first volume showcasing Johnny Haslett's extensive research into the morris dance and related traditions in West Lancashire...
Never on Sunday: Marches, Dances, Song Tunes and Party Pieces as Played by a 19th Century Village Church Band
Rollo G. Woods (ed.). Swanage: Purbeck Village Quire, 2009. Published under the auspices of the West Gallery Music Association. ISBN 0-9538319-2-2. 110.00 This collection gathers together the contents of two manuscripts of instrumental band music...
Old Songs and Sugar Mice: The Story of the Remarkable Miss Mason
Abstract In 1877, Marianne Harriet Mason published Nursery Rhymes and Country Songs, a collection of songs obtained orally from her family and from people around her. She was in contact with several of the early folk song collectors and was a friend...
Our Ancient National Airs: Scottish Song Collecting from the Enlightenment to the Romantic Era
Karen McAulay. Farnham and Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2013. Illus. Bibliog. Index. ISBN 978-1-4094-5019-1. $60.00. This volume is a comprehensive survey which purports to consider Scottish 'song collections with music, rather than collections of words'...
Songs and Ballads from Perthshire Field Recordings of the 1950s
School of Scottish Studies Archives, University of Edinburgh. Scottish Tradition, 24. CD + 32 pp. booklet. Greentrax CDTRAX9024, 2011. 112.00. Amidst a veritable cornucopia of historically important audio releases that have appeared during the past...
Songs of People on the Move
Thomas A. McKean (ed.). BASIS, vol. 8. Trier: WVT Wissenschalklicher Verlag Trier, 2012. 223 pp. Illus. Music. ISBN 978-3-86821-411-6. [euro]19.50 Originating in a conference of the Kommission fur Volksdichtung held in Scotland in 2007, Songs of...
The Derbyshire Book of Village Carols
Ian Russell (ed.). Sheffield: Village Carols, 2013. 250 pp. Music. Bibliog. Discog. Index. ISBN 0-9524871-5-2 (hbk), 0-9524871-6-0 (pbk). [pounds sterling]25.00 (hbk), [pounds sterling]15.00 (pbk). This is a companion volume to Ian Russell's...
The Life and Times of Black-EY'd Susan: The Story of an English Ballad
Abstract John Gay's nautical ballad 'Sweet William's Farewell to Black-Ey'd Susan', published in 1719, was soon set to music by composers including Richard Leveridge, whose setting became the established version. The song remained popular, and inspired...
The Songs and Travels of a Tudor Minstrel: Richard Sheale of Tamworth
Andrew Taylor. York: York Medieval Press; Woodbridge and Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 2012. 203 pp. Bibliog. Index. ISBN 978-1-903153-39-0. Richard Sheale we know best from his 'Lament', written down in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Ashmole 48,...
The Vale of Mowbray Sword Dancers
I have recently unearthed a newspaper report from 1899 of a Christmastide tour being undertaken in the then North Riding of Yorkshire by the Vale of Mowbray Sword Dancers. This is an additional sword dance team to those about which Cecil Sharp received...
The Yellow Bittern: The Life and Times of Liam Clancy
Produced by John Murray and Anna Rodgers. Directed by Alan Gilsenan. Edited by Oliver Fallen. DVD, 110 minutes, 2009. Distributed by Element Pictures, 21 Mespil Road, Dublin 4, Ireland. Hailing from Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary, Liam Clancy...
'William and Margaret': An Eighteenth-Century Ballad
Abstract The Child ballad 'Fair Margaret and Sweet William' (Child 74) can supposedly be traced hack to an echo in a play of the first decade of the seventeenth century, and yet there is no actual trace of the ballad until a broadside of c.1720....
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