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Acceptable folk months

25 Feb 05 - 08:06 AM (#1420534)
Subject: Acceptable folk months
From: greg stephens

This subject has come up in the adjective thread, but I think it deserves a slot to itself. The suggestion was made (by duellingbouzoukis I think) that May was the only acceptable folk month. Well, I'm sure he is right that it is the most popular folk month, but I'm sure we can rack our brains and come up with some more contenders. I'll kick off with "Rosebud in June", and Spenser the Rover went home on the fifth of November.
Any others? By the way, the song "The Months of the Year" is not permitted, too easy.


25 Feb 05 - 08:08 AM (#1420538)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,Sooz (at work)

Brigg fair was on the 5th August.
There is certainly nothing to commend February!


25 Feb 05 - 08:09 AM (#1420540)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: RobbieWilson

true, February made me shiver


25 Feb 05 - 08:10 AM (#1420542)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,Elfcall

Dave Goulder's January Man ?

Elf


25 Feb 05 - 08:11 AM (#1420545)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,Elfcall

O'Neills March or O'Sullivan's March ?

I'll get me coat

Elf


25 Feb 05 - 08:13 AM (#1420547)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Ethan's Granny

On a Friday it fell, in the month of ApRIL


25 Feb 05 - 08:19 AM (#1420555)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: RobbieWilson

On Grafton street in November,
we tripped lightly along the ledge


25 Feb 05 - 08:19 AM (#1420556)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Leadfingers

Trad Irish - The 23rd of June

Incredible String Band - October Song


25 Feb 05 - 08:29 AM (#1420566)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,Hard Roper

Cold Days of February (Robin Williamson)


25 Feb 05 - 08:32 AM (#1420570)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,neovo

It was in the Month of January

On one April Morning - don't know which one though!


25 Feb 05 - 08:35 AM (#1420574)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: treewind

January Man goes through ALL the months, of course.

June 18 gets mentioned in quite a lot of songs...

Anahata


25 Feb 05 - 08:40 AM (#1420583)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Chris Amos

The Bold Princess Royal set sail on the 14th of Feb.

Chris


25 Feb 05 - 08:41 AM (#1420584)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: RobbieWilson

Near Bannbridge town , in the County Down
One morning last july


25 Feb 05 - 08:43 AM (#1420586)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: RobbieWilson

On Raglan Road
of an August day
I saw her first and knew


25 Feb 05 - 08:44 AM (#1420589)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,Elfcall

Ethan's Granny - pls put me out of my misery which song do your lyrics come from?

Elfcall


25 Feb 05 - 08:48 AM (#1420591)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,Elfcall

I suppose 18th of June is mentioned in most 'Waterloo' songs likewise October 21st for Trafalgar.

Elf


25 Feb 05 - 08:56 AM (#1420599)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,ICULATING MADLY

Seriously, are there ANY months that DON'T get a mention?


25 Feb 05 - 09:07 AM (#1420610)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Ethan's Granny

Hello Elfcall. It's Copshawholme Fair - the version floating round in my head is by Spiers and Boden!


25 Feb 05 - 09:35 AM (#1420638)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST

Hi Ethan's Granny - I finally worked it out after switching off the other music in my office and Spiers and Boden were exactly what I had in mind. I then had to put it on of course - thanks anyway.

Elf


25 Feb 05 - 09:36 AM (#1420639)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Ethan's Granny

You're allowed to have music in your office? All we get is the hum of computers - and each other singing bits of anything that floats around the ether and catches in our vocal cords (or should that be "vocal chords"?). At the moment mine all tend to be Spiers and Boden - usually Prickle Eye Bush which doesn't mention any discernable time of year.


25 Feb 05 - 09:45 AM (#1420645)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST

There is a folk song I have heard containing the line "All in the month of February", but I can't remember what it's called or who I heard do it!
I know I didn't dream it.
I suspect it may have been Bob Fox.

muppitz x


25 Feb 05 - 11:39 AM (#1420738)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Kevin Sheils

October winds lament around
The Castle of Dromore


25 Feb 05 - 11:47 AM (#1420749)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Mary Humphreys

Twas 1824, March the 18th day - Greenland Whale fishery.
On the 23rd of March, my boys, we hoisted our topsail- The Whale catchers
Do whaling & March always go together, I wonder?
Mary


25 Feb 05 - 11:51 AM (#1420755)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: sian, west wales

There's a Welsh one that knocks off a whole springtime in one swell foop:

Blodau'r flwyddyn yw f'annwylyd
Ebrill, Mai, Mehefin hefyd ...

My love is all the flowers of the year
April, May, June also ...

siân


25 Feb 05 - 11:57 AM (#1420772)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: breezy

To welcome in the May -o

september in the rain

....come she will


25 Feb 05 - 12:12 PM (#1420789)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Sooz

April come she will (derived I think from an old English madrigal called April is in my mistress' face)


25 Feb 05 - 12:20 PM (#1420798)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Noreen

Great minds....: Songs for each month


25 Feb 05 - 12:23 PM (#1420801)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST

"April is in my mistress' face"
Keep it clean please


25 Feb 05 - 12:28 PM (#1420805)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Mary Humphreys

The Welsh cuckoos certainly seem to like the same months, even when they transfer to the Southern hemisphere:
Fy amser i ganu yw Ebrill a Mai
A haner Mehefin, chi wyddoch bob rhai

My time for singing is April & May
And half of June, as everyone knows.....
Y Gwcw Fach Lwydlas, from Wladfa ( Patagonia) Argentina
Mary


25 Feb 05 - 02:12 PM (#1420903)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Les from Hull

Mary - March was the month to sail for the Greenland Fishery. The ice would be clearing from the fishing grounds by the time you got there. It wouldn't work so well in the southern hemisphere.


25 Feb 05 - 02:25 PM (#1420916)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,leeneia

in the moon of winter-time, when all the birds had fled


25 Feb 05 - 03:17 PM (#1420960)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Uncle_DaveO

"It fell about the Martinmas,
When muirmen win their hay...."

Dave Oesterreich


25 Feb 05 - 03:20 PM (#1420963)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Uncle_DaveO

And Woodie Guthrie's great dust storm song:

On the fourteenth day of April Of 1935
There came the worst of dust-storms that ever filled the skies."


Dave Oesterreich


25 Feb 05 - 05:22 PM (#1421037)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Charmion

It was on the twenty-third of June, the day before the fair,
And Ireland's sons and daughters were all assembled there.
The young, the old, the brave and the bold came to sport and thrill,
There were curious combinations at the fair of Spancil Hill.

And those muir men -- if I remember correctly, it's Lammas tide (beginning of August) when they get their hay in. Martinmas is in the middle of November.


25 Feb 05 - 06:11 PM (#1421091)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Willa

There are a couple of songs about the Peterloo massacre (August)


25 Feb 05 - 06:17 PM (#1421097)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Willa

...and 'My love is like a red red rose' (June)


25 Feb 05 - 07:52 PM (#1421138)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

On the first day of June 18 hundred and six ("The Irish Rover") brings the year into the equation. Since Dave Goulders' "January Man" covers all the months, I think we need to know whether there are any years in say the last 200 that don't get into a song.

Discuss!

Don T.


25 Feb 05 - 09:24 PM (#1421185)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST

What a bloody stupid, navel gazing thread!


25 Feb 05 - 09:30 PM (#1421191)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: SINSULL

March 29th, Nineteen and ten
The little brig Daisy did sail...

On the 3rd of June Billy Jo McCallister jumped off the Kallahatchie bridge.

I'll leave now


25 Feb 05 - 10:26 PM (#1421204)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Mudlark

The cuckoo is a pretty bird, she warbles as she flies
And she never hollers cuckoo til the 4th day of July


26 Feb 05 - 10:47 AM (#1421468)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: MBSLynne

Fair Maids of February.
Andy Barne's "Turn turn you seasons turn" mentions October.

As I racked my brains, I came up with a lot of pop songs with months in too....
"January, sick and tired you've been hanging on me..."
"It might as well rain until September"
"It was the third of June another sleepy dust Delta day...."

Love Lynne


26 Feb 05 - 11:11 AM (#1421481)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,Joe_F

May we hope that Abby Sale will weigh in with his Happy/Happy? file?

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: Sovereignty is the polite old-fashioned name for totalitarianism. :||


26 Feb 05 - 02:10 PM (#1421630)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,whiterainbow

They took us jolly sailor lads a fishing for the whale
On the fourth day of August in 1864 bound for Greenland,
we set sail.....

And then there's.....

High on the storm torn coast of Iceland, February 68
Ross Clevland out of Hull lay hiding,
with anxious eyes, her skipper waits..

These songs are more to do with the sea, but never mind, they still mention months.

WR


26 Feb 05 - 03:16 PM (#1421679)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

"Sovereignty is the polite, old fashioned name for totalitarianism"

I think Not! No co-relation between the two.

Sovereignty is the short way of expressing the desire to determine your own fate, and not be ruled by outsiders. Totalitarianism is a purely internal style of government.

Don T.


26 Feb 05 - 05:13 PM (#1421772)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Liz the Squeak

Martinmas is 11th November - that being the saints' day. There is often a little spell of good weather around this time, known as St Martin's summer, so called, to commemorate the burial procession at Tours, when the trees blossomed and the flowers bloomed.

Ellan Vannin tragedy occurred in December....

It looks like September is the least mentioned month..... not a lot seems to happen then....

LTS


26 Feb 05 - 05:13 PM (#1421773)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Uncle_DaveO

Charmion corrected me, saying:

And those muir men -- if I remember correctly, it's Lammas tide (beginning of August) when they get their hay in. Martinmas is in the middle of November.

Mea culpa, mea culpa! That's what I get for dumping half-remembered bits into threads. Lammastide it was!

Dave Oesterreich


27 Feb 05 - 02:31 AM (#1422081)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Liz the Squeak

Lammas or loaf mass, celebration of the bread made from the first of the harvest... usually early to mid August.

Another little threadkilling fact.

LTS


27 Feb 05 - 02:54 AM (#1422088)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: DMcG

Liz: The Battle of Alma inspired a couple for 18th September.


All: A much more challenging feat is to see how much of the calendar you can fill. We have a few above

18th September - Battle of Alma
11th November - Martinmas
4th August - Greenland Fisheries

.. and so on. I'd been on Mudcat a couple of months when I suggested we try to make a calendar covering every day if we could and, as often happens when you say something like that, was immediately told it had already been done.


27 Feb 05 - 09:29 AM (#1422219)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: greg stephens

Well, I think liz the Squeak is right. September is missing from the list we have so far(leaving out any songs which set out to mention all the months of the year specifically). I have no doubt, however, that Masato Sakurai or some similar person will soon be round to point out half a dozen September songs.


27 Feb 05 - 10:18 AM (#1422232)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,Leadfingers

Main cat is down - we have been thrown out of Mudchat three times in the last hour, so I am reading the forum !!
Lets add Flanders and Swann - All the months again 'A Song of the Weather' -January brings the snow etc !!


27 Feb 05 - 11:15 AM (#1422246)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,DMcG

Sorry, greg, you've lost me. The Battle of Alma is in the DT, (on the 20th September; they only set sail on the 18th I see). Was my reference to this disqualified under the Mornington Crescent Sunday closing rule?


28 Feb 05 - 12:58 AM (#1422637)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Pauline L

Eighth of January

Try to remember the kind of September (not really folk)

Shine on, shine on harvest moon
Up in the sky
I ain't had no lovin' since
January, February, June, and July
(Do I get four points for this?)

A real live nephew of my Uncle Sam
Born on the fourth of July


28 Feb 05 - 03:38 AM (#1422666)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: greg stephens

Sorry, I didnt spot the Battle of Alma in September when I flicked through. Very good then, we have all months covered.


28 Feb 05 - 02:41 PM (#1423114)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: SINSULL

Try to remember a finer September...


28 Feb 05 - 02:42 PM (#1423115)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: SINSULL

See you in September
See you when the summer's through...


28 Feb 05 - 02:55 PM (#1423123)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: SINSULL

September Songs

http://supersearch.mudcat.org/@NewSSResults


28 Feb 05 - 03:26 PM (#1423147)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Allan C.

In March it is mud, it is slush in December
The midsummer breezes are loaded with dust
In fall the leaves litter, in muddy September
The wall paper rots and the candlesticks rust


28 Feb 05 - 03:42 PM (#1423169)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: My guru always said

January's almost over, February comes soon...


28 Feb 05 - 04:18 PM (#1423219)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: GUEST,Lara

I went to Blaydon Races, twas on the 9th of June


28 Feb 05 - 08:03 PM (#1423445)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Snuffy

Didn't Wolfgang (or someone) start a thread with links to a site attempting to give songs for every day of the year? I can't seem to find it here.


10 Mar 05 - 10:39 PM (#1431982)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: YorkshireYankee

"She went down last October..." (Mary Ellen Carter)

October Roses


11 Mar 05 - 03:22 AM (#1432065)
Subject: RE: Acceptable folk months
From: Splott Man

Twas the week before Easter - March this year
(Or should that be the week before Miskin?)

May crops up in Willy Moore

Tunes - The 8th of January, First Day of August (translated from the Welsh)