Sid Long Pages



  • Salt of the Earth, Maggie Holland. This and “Black Crow” are from “Down to the Bone”
  • Another Train, Pete Morton. From “One Big Joke”
  • Between the Wars, Billy Bragg. This charted in the mid 80s
  • The Terror Time / Moving on Song, Ewan MacColl. Written for the radio ballad “The Travelling People”. The carriage was provided by Christy Moore.
  • Adieu to all Judges and Juries, Transportation ballad collected by W. Percy Merrick. Printed in C.J. Sharp (ed.) English County Folk Songs (1961)
  • Moreton Bay, 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.
  • The Hard Cheese of Old England, Les Barker. From his book “Reign of Terrier”, one of 63 volumes so far.
  • Close 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.
  • Stranger in the Old Town, Jim Woodland. A song of urban regeneration, from “As I was saying”
  • On a Monday Morning, Cyril Tawney
  • Scarecrow, John Tams
  • Black 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 Macbeth”?
  • Blackwaterside, Traditional song from Ireland. This version was collected by Peter Kennedy and became well-known through the singing of Bert Lloyd.
  • The Bloody Gardner, from Maud Karpeles, “Folk Songs from Newfoundland” via Martin Carthy. Originally a broadside ballad
  • Maybe Nothing’s Spoken, Pete Morton. From “Hunting the Heart”
  • Everything Glows, Les Barker meets Cole Porter in the Irish Sea. Sung by Eliza Carthy on the album “Some Love”
  • Light 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 Evangeline”.




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