Category Archives: Folklore / Custom

Fritillary

Nice to see this little chap bobbing about in the (very) high wind today – always a pleasure to get up close. These things have wonderful patterns and such an elegant and fragile feel to them. Harbinger of Spring proper! … Continue reading

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Broch of Gurness

Another rainy day here in the south – but warm memories of a visit to the Broch of Gurness on mainland Orkney last year. Never come across brochs before a previous visit to Orkney (and what a fabulous place), since … Continue reading

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Reynardine – a mystery

The first time I encountered this song was when I bought Liege and Lief by Fairport Convention way back in the mid 70’s. I had heard selections from the album before, the jigs and reels sets, Matty Groves and the … Continue reading

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The Leaping Hare – part two

Well, finally finished the book, and it was well worth it. Some excellent chapters on the role of the hare in world myth, especially The Great Hare of the Algonquin people, a hare known as Glooskap, part of a rather … Continue reading

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Angels – Blythburgh

Holy Trinity Church – Pevsner says it is one of the half-dozen grandest Suffolk churches – and who can deny it? He singles out the bench ends, with the unusual feature of figures rather than poppy heads, among them Slander, … Continue reading

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Lord Bateman

Provoked by my previous post on Wood Wilson Carthy, and a train of thought which led me to check my itunes library, I found I have at least eight different versions of this ballad. A quick google and a bit … Continue reading

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Wood – Wilson – Carthy

This one seemed to slip under the folk radar a little when it came out in 1998 – and although it is still available never seems to be discussed as a part of any of the participants work, which is … Continue reading

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