'Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies, Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain, For we've received orders for to sail for old England, But we hope in a short while to see you again.'
One of the great English popular art forms, the folk song can be satirical, erotic, painful, dramatic, rueful or funny. This acclaimed new collection brings together all the classic folk songs as well as many lesser-known discoveries, encompassing everything from sea voyages to lovers' laments, rural traditions to raucous pleasures. Published in cooperation with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, this volume presents the songs with music, and annotations on their original sources and meaning.
About the Author
Steve Roud is the Founder of the Roud Folk Song Index and the author of a number of major works on English folkways and customs, including The English Year. Julia Bishop has a PhD in folksong and is Chief Editor of the forthcoming edition of the James Madison Carpenter Folksong Collection.
Refreshing ... beautiful ... academic but lively ... the book offers the experience of immersion into the strange, romantic and occasionally frightening world these songs were, and are, a part of ... A triumphant addition to the English folk canon, both as a source of reference and as an endlessly enjoyable collection to dip into The Times The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs couldn't be better timed ... an utterly indispensable collection of music for murder, wooing and wanton abandon Record Collector Compelling ... fascinating and refreshingly objective ... Free of any cloying romanticism ... An impressive and nourishing book, with an appeal far beyond the folk aficionado. Roud and Bishop have created something vital Telegraph A wonderful resource of knowledge and scholarship -- Tim Cumming Independent
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 26th March 2014
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.6
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1