A Rubbish Football Team and A Fantastic Evening

This week features a double header of folk songs as time has been a little short and then we ran off to France for a bit!

First of all we’d like to welcome all the new subscribers who signed up at our gig at the Chrysalis Theatre for the MK Fringe Festival.  Thanks for signing up guys and we hope you enjoyed the evening as much as we did! More of that later…

First of all let’s talk football…we recorded this song just after England were once again knocked unceremoniously out of the European Championships…it’s getting to be a bit like a broken record isn’t it?  We thought this song was perfect for the occasion.

The song is written by the wonderful Megson, who we have already covered in this project (Smoke Of Home).  They wrote the song about their own team: Middlesbrough, and the trials and tribulations of being a fan of a rather poor team – something we can both relate to as Becca supports Sheffield United and Rob is a Coventry fan! We love the story in this song and how it can portray such strong feelings of hope, joy and camaraderie in such a short space of time.

So here’s our first song of this newsletter: our cover of Megson’s – The Longshot. Enjoy 🙂


Right then, this next one is a little different.  As many of you will know we had our largest and longest gig to date earlier this month as a part of the Milton Keynes Fringe Festival.  And what a gig it was! We had such an amazing evening playing for such a wonderfully receptive audience who joined in with all the singing and joking, and even dancing!  Thank you so much to everyone who came along and made it such a special evening.

One of the highlights of the night was being able to perform again with our great friend Anna Hester, who has appeared twice already in our project (Midwinter Toast and Matty Groves).  This time though, we let Anna take centre stage and perform her own composition: Everyone Sang.

Anna wrote the song for a musical project called Living Archive looking at the impact of the Great War on the local community.  The song is about the local boys who signed up to fight for their country and never made it home again.  It’s a beautifully evocative song, aided masterfully by some wonderful audience participation!

So here you go, once again thank you to everyone who came out to see us.  We can’t wait to play for you again 🙂

A Sick Child’s Song

This week sees us travelling back over to America.  We’ve both been fans of Johnny Cash for many many years and have already done one song that he had recorded a version of (Wayfaring Stranger), but we weren’t satisfied with just one, and in fairness you can’t do a project involving American traditional music and not cross paths with Johnny Cash on more than one occasion! And here’s our second: this week we have decided to perform Ain’t No Grave.  Although the version we have done has more similarities with another brilliant version recorded by Crooked Still.

The song  was written by a man called Claude Ely, who claims he came up with the song while suffering from tuberculosis in 1934 aged 12; spontaneously performing the song in response to his family’s prayers for his health! Claude was a Pentecostal preacher and singer-songwriter from Virginia who’s congregation supposedly used to include a young Elvis Presley!

We’re not sure that the story of Claude spontaneously bursting into this song on his sick bed aged 12 is exactly true, but it’s a good story so why argue? We love this song and hope you all do as well 🙂

Also we got to perform it in a swing!!