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Thread #149146   Message #3513693
Posted By: Phil Edwards
10-May-13 - 06:19 AM
Thread Name: Twenty-Six Fortnights
Subject: RE: Twenty-Six Fortnights
For the first of the two 'May' posts, here's a re-recording and a remix. Both date back to the earliest days of 52fs, when I was mostly singing unaccompanied and in a cardboard box (or that's how it often sounded).

The London Waterman is that rarity, a bona fide urban folk song. It can be traced back to a stage ballad - as a lot of folk songs can - but the smoothings, erasures and reworkings of the folk process had turned it into something quite different by the time it was collected. I learned it from Peter Bellamy's rendition and tried not to sound too much as if I was trying not to sound like him. I thought (and still think) that it goes well with the Morris tune "Constant Billy", so I stuck that on the end. The end result was a bit boxy and quiet, so I've remixed it for this release.

Lemany, for me, is a song that inspires nothing but awe. (I think it's that extraordinary melody.) When I originally recorded it for 52fs I took fright at the slow, stately pace which it seemed to be asking for, and morphed it into 3/4 to make it move along a bit more. I regretted that decision almost immediately; I've been looking forward to putting it right. This re-recording is a first take, with one small pause edited out. I was planning to sing the song through twice or three times and pick the best version, but when I finished this I realised there was only one syllable in there that I'd want to improve - so here it is. I don't know how good it is in absolute terms, but it's as good as I can get it.

Both The London Waterman and Lemany are from 52 Folk Songs - Violet.

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