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Thread #149146   Message #3490758
Posted By: Phil Edwards
15-Mar-13 - 01:03 PM
Thread Name: Twenty-Six Fortnights
Subject: RE: Twenty-Six Fortnights
Like many of us, I'm mourning the loss of Bob van Gaalen. It was from Bob that I first heard what's now one of my favourite tunes, Sir John Fenwick's. He used to make it sound beautifully ornate and impossibly fluid at the same time. It's not really a very difficult tune, but I felt enormously proud when I first learned to play it and again when I got the hang of it on the concertina.

When I came to record "I live not where I love" inspired by Dave Bishop's rendition of it at the Beech it occurred to me that it might go quite well with Sir John Fenwick's. Here's what I came up with:

I live not where I love

For the second song of this fortnight, here's something completely different: an unaccompanied song which I learned from Bob's wife Sue (which also gave me a sense of achievement). I love this song and hope you like it, but you really ought to hear Sue's version.

When a man's in love

When a man's in love and I live not where I love are from 52 Folk Songs Green.

And here's another song/tune pairing, "Poor old horse" with "The man in the moon".

Poor old horse is from 52 Folk Songs white.

52 Folk Songs is at http://www.52folksongs.com.

(All old recordings this time round; I'll see about some re-recordings for next time.)