Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Shepherd's Hey" -

Very informative thread with lead sheet (in G) on the Session website ... cites lyrics:
"One can whistle, two can play, three can dance the Shepherd's Hey"

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"Oh dear mother, what a fool I be;
Here are six young fellows come a-courting me.
Three are blind and the others can't see;
Oh dear mother, what a fool I be!"
Not a good fit on the second one, as the discussion suggests, but close enough.

Kintbury villagers join in to celebrate May Day! Kintbury Morris and the Garston Gallopers lead the way with Derek Shaw on melodeon. Kintbury is a village in the southwest of England. Uploaded by juliacrobinson on May 3, 2010.

BBC PROMS 2011 from the Royal Albert Hall, London. A Late Night Prom celebrating anniversary composer Percy Grainger. Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell leads the way into the musical world of a composer she finds 'quirky and outrageous and very unconventional', concentrating on Grainger's fascinating and varied responses to folk music. Amy Thatcher clog dances to the music of the Kathryn Tickell Band.

Live at the Royal Albert Hall. Kathryn Tickell and Friends - Shepherd's Hey - Percy Grainger !

E2 'Shepherd's Hey' Big Session 20 06 09.. English folk/reggae roots band Edward II aka E2 - at the Big Session Festival in Leicester, June 2009. Their music is what they say it is - a blend of English folk and roots reggae. Website at

Piano sheet music available online for Percy Granger, British Folk-Music Settings Nr. 4, "Shepherd's Hey" (Lovingly and reverenetly dedicated to the memory of Edvard Grieg) [the typo appears to be Granger's in the original].

More on Hogfiddle, including Percy Granger's orchestral version and an old 78rpm of Granger playing his piano arrangement,

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