of the Earth,
Maggie Holland. This and “Black Crow” are from “Down
to the Bone”
Train, Pete Morton. From “One Big Joke”
the Wars, Billy Bragg. This charted in the mid 80s
Terror Time / Moving on Song, Ewan MacColl. Written for
the radio ballad “The Travelling People”. The carriage
was provided by Christy Moore.
to all Judges and Juries, Transportation ballad collected
by W. Percy Merrick. Printed in C.J. Sharp (ed.) English County
Folk Songs (1961)
Printed in J.S. Marigold (ed), The Penguin Australian Song Book
(1964), which records that “Captain Logan was speared in
1830.” Logan, the first commandant at Moreton Bay from 1825,
was a relentless flogger. This and “Here’s Adieu to
All Judges and Juries” were also recorded for the Galleries
of Justice in Nottingham.
Hard Cheese of Old England, Les Barker. From his book “Reign
of Terrier”, one of 63 volumes so far.
the Coalhouse Door, Alex Glasgow. Written as “Price
of Coal” and contributed to the play “Close the Coalhouse
Door” by Alan Plater, Sid Chaplin and Alex Glasgow. Alex
Glasgow emigrated to Australia, where he died in 2001.
in the Old Town, Jim Woodland. A song of urban regeneration,
from “As I was saying”
a Monday Morning, Cyril Tawney
Crow, Maggie Holland
- Beefheart & Bones,
Michael Marra. From “Pax Vobiscum” (1996). Michael Marra
has been variously likened to Randy Newman and Jacques Brel. Who
can forget his performance singing “Old Shep” in “Hamish
Traditional song from Ireland. This version was collected by Peter
Kennedy and became well-known through the singing of Bert Lloyd.
Bloody Gardner, from Maud Karpeles, “Folk Songs
from Newfoundland” via Martin Carthy. Originally a broadside
Nothing’s Spoken, Pete Morton. From “Hunting
Glows, Les Barker meets Cole Porter in the Irish Sea.
Sung by Eliza Carthy on the album “Some Love”
Years Away, John Herrick and Tommy Thompson of the Red
Clay Ramblers. Written for the play “A Lie of the Mind” by
Sam Shephard. Complements the Longfellow poem, “Gabriel and