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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

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