British Folk Stories

Ballads and laments "Drop, drop slow tears" on this edition of New Sounds, with an updated take on classic folksong tradition from the British Isles. Hear Steeleye Span rendering "When I Was On Horseback," Fairport Convention's version of The Quiet Joys Of Brotherhood, and Andrew Cronshaw doing "The Ship In Distress." Also, England’s The House Band plays "Bonnie Light Horseman," the song of a woman whose man has been killed in retreat during the Boer War in South Africa. And Joan Baez sings "All in Green Went My Love Riding", as arranged and produced by Peter Schickele.

PROGRAM # Musical stories from the British folk tradition (First aired on Sept. 8, 2004)





Fairport Convention

Over The Next Hill

Canny Capers, excerpt [1:30]

Compass #4391** *

The House Band

Live, WNYC, 11/1987

My Bonnie Light Horseman [4:00]

Appears on the House Band CD “Word of Mouth,” Green Linnet #3045. Available at*

Andrew Cronshaw

The Great Dark Water

The Ship In Distress [6:30]

Topic Record #447.

Steeleye Span

Ten Man Mop or Mr. Reservoir Butler Rides Again

When I Was On Horseback [5:30]

Shanachie #79049. *

Joan Baez/Peter Schickele


All In Green Went My Love Riding [3:30]

Vanguard #VSD 79275. Available at*

Sandy Denny

Who Knows Where The Time Goes

The Quiet Joys of Brotherhood [5:00]

Hannibal #5301.** *


Celtic Music/Musique Celtique

Spencer the Rover [4:30]

Green Linnet #1106. *

Various artists

A Week or Two In the Real World

Jam Nation: She Moved Through The Fair [7:00]

Real World #2346.

Various artists

The Acoustic Folk Box

Eliza Carthy: 10,000 Miles [3:30]

Topic (4cds) #4001.


John Barleycorn Must Die

John Barleycorn [6:00]

Island Records, now reissued on CD and available in stores and online. Available at*

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