I grew up playing the music we called mountain music. Common ideas include: Most members of The Irish Rovers have Irish ancestry, but the group was established in Canada. The earliest known mentions of the song appear in the first half of the 1800s. Thanks Alicia! It is often contrasted with courtly, classical and later commercial music. 'Alouette' (1879) "Alouette" is a French-Canadian folk song about plucking the feathers from a lark … I'll also pin to my music page. Listen to folk music radio for free online with unlimited skips. U.S. Department of Defense, via Wikimedia Commons, public domain license. Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy. Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 30, 2016: Interesting, refreshing and humorous. (Incidentally I like many of the other posts in this Comments section, and it's easy for me to agree with them). This gentle song is believed to have been a lullaby for most of its history, although it may have been a love song as well. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 15, 2020: Hi, Peggy. The definition of "folk song" is somewhat nebulous. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 07, 2017: Thank you for the comment, Dianna. They often have an interesting history. The "moor" in the name is Dartmoor. Four Traditional English Folk Songs: Music and Facts Traditional Folk Songs. Today they are appreciated as songs in their own right. I'm glad the music brought back happy memories. I love exploring them. This was a sweet post. Though she officially retired in 2008, she has come out of retirement. Shanties were originally sung by sailors as they worked at sea. My Account. I knew three of these songs, but had never really taken a deeper look at them. Just as special in its own way and with so much special meaning for those who love it. Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 30, 2016: That was a fun and interesting read. They are usually clever in some respect and that's probably why they've stuck in my own memory for so long. She is still performing in her eighties. I hope you have a very happy new year. The Navy choir still sings that during the army-navy football game, I believe. Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind Dew: Blow Away The Morning Dew: Blow The Man Down: Blow The Wind Southerly: Bonnie Tyneside: The British Grenadiers The following 200 pages are in this category, out of approximately 309 total. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 28, 2017: Thanks, Robert! I’m glad the article was helpful. Here Jesus was transfigured and developed a white and glowing appearance. I think the songs have a lot to offer people of all ages. His work is a valuable contribution to our present knowledge. Bards were singers and poets in the time of the early Celts. Thanks for sharing them. Peter suggested that a shelter of branches be created for each man, which would have produced green "clothing". I still recall some of the folk songs I was taught as a child. Of course, the Dubliners are among my favourites. I'm glad you didn't mention any of those. I'm looking forward to exploring more songs from the groups that you mention. 8tracks radio. The story of our love has no end. The refrain in the Irish song sounds very much like the one in the Drunken Sailor, as shown in the video below. I have just purchesed the C.D of Full English - A Collection Of Traditional Brittish Folk Songs Matt Williams C.D through Amazon from a shop called Full Will Music for £7.00 and that included a personal letter from Mat Williams who is the lead singer of Full English band. 3.954025. Traditional folk songs generally come from a culture that no longer exists, but they are still interesting. Martie Coetser from South Africa on December 29, 2016: Singing folksongs seems to be a habit of the past. All Songs; Traditional Songs. Like you, I love exploring and listening to traditional folk songs. if that was the original tune then I can see where Donny got his song, twelfth of never! Sharp: Negro Melodies Plantation Pieces, Camp Meeting Songs. The collector of the songs in the book was Sabine Baring-Gould, a clergyman who was interested in English folk music. "Scarborough Fair" (Child 2, Roud 12) is a traditional English ballad. Mel Carriere from San Diego California on December 30, 2016: A lot of fun and great history too. Wouldn't it be good to also know the stories behind the people referred to in the song, if indeed they were real-life people? The Roud Folk Song Index is a database of around 250,000 references to nearly 25,000 songs collected from oral tradition in the English language from all over the world. The known biblical references are given below. Barbara Allen. The term is used to refer both to English traditional music and music composed or delivered in a traditional style. The entertaining performers in the video above are (from left to right) Cerian Cantwr and John Inchingham. I sing and play each one featured here in your article. Irish, British and American Folk Music including Francis J. My Channels AccuRadio's Season of Sharing is back! Great read this morning, Linda. The quote above the video shows the first verse of the song. We are fortunate to have a rich heritage of folk music to use in our teaching. (The lyrics can be seen by following the link in the Reference section below.) "Widecombe Fair" is a popular narrative tale from Devon. Thanks for sharing the information, though. Today it's described as both a traditional English song and a traditional American one, depending on the writer's point of view. My Dad often used to play his Seven Drunken Nights. The group was started in 1968 by men who had recently graduated from King's College, Cambridge. The song gives suggestions for punishing a drunken soldier, generally without causing him lasting harm. As I think you know, I love traditional folk and I know all of these songs, though not the history behind them. We had a project we needed to do by today and had to put in folk songs. Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on January 27, 2017: Thanks for the detailed comment, Alun. Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 15, 2020: I was familiar with the first two songs and am enjoying listening to the a capella singers right now in that last song. You did it much better than me so I will delete and start again a new one. They allow us to glimpse a time that has passed but that may still influence us. The full name of the village where the fair operates is Widecombe-in-the-Moor. Thanks for reminding us of our precious folk songs, Alicia :). 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