Folksongs and Foot Paths: Part 4

Upper Beeding to Plumpton (14 miles), train to Rodmell  

Memories of Shoreham by Sea

(Peggy Bailey Collection)

‘After a time, though, Inman found that he had left the book and was simply forming the topography of home in his head. Cold Mountain, all its ridges and coves and watercourses. Pigeon River, Little East Fork, Sorrell Cove, Deep Gap, Fire Scald Ridge. He knew their names and said them to himself like the words of spells and incantations to ward off the things one fears most.’

‘Ada wondered about his hundreds of tunes. Where were they now and where might they go if he died?’ – Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain


N.B I have persisted in trying to track down another version of A-Maying (David Miles, Heyshott), as luck would have a particular search subject that I haven’t tried before bought up the tune and words, collected from none other than Samuel Willett. I sent them to the safe hands of the brilliant Valmai Goodyear for resuscitation.

A-Maying lyrics A-Maying

Bonny Light Horseman, Mrs Cranstone, Billingshurst, 1907, George Butterworth

Bonny Light Horseman, Michael Blann, Colin Andrews, Upper Beeding

A Word On Sussex and Sussex Songs, Samuel Willett to Lucy Broadwood

Hare Hunting (lyrics), Samuel Willett, Cuckfield/Fulking, 1890, Lucy Broadwood

Hare Hunting (music), Samuel Willett, Cuckfield/Fulking, 1890, Lucy Broadwood,

George Townsend, Life of A Man

Mustrad preview track The Echoing Horn, George Townsend,

Come Write Me Down, Various

Ploughman Lads

Copper Family

The Willetts, Fulking

Samuel Willett 1851 Census

Samuel Willett 1881 Census

Sussex Postcard by Albert Edward Willett

George Townsend

Colin Andrews, Shepherd On The Downs

Brighton Vox Choir

Shoreham Memories

David E. Gregory

The Ones That Got Away:

Sovay, Painful Plough?, Mr Welfare, East Chiltington, George Butterworth, 1908

The Banks of The Green Willow, Mr Cornford, George Butterworth, 1908

You Seaman Bold That Plough The Ocean, Fair Maid Walking, H. Hunt, George Butterworth, 1908


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