We hope you enjoy this album. We've recorded a selection of traditional, popular and contemporary songs in a cappella HARMONY- all of them telling songs to touch your HEART in a blend of female voices singing about the taking, faking and making of LOVE ...
Sarah Morgan and Heather Bradford ............Surviving members of Hen Party (Alison Muir sadly died in 2003)
Come From The Heart (S. Clarke and R. Leigh)
Sing like you don't need the money
Love like you've never been hurt
Dance like nobody's watching ...
All Things Are Quite Silent (Traditional)
The press gang ripped the heart out of countless lives. Perhaps this song is so touching because of the absence of anger and bitterness? It tells of love, longing and despair muted by tender memories and a fragile hopefulness. This is the first song in The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, it was collected in Sussex by Vaughan Williams from Ted Baines in 1904.
Railway Widow's Blues (John Warner)
A wry, earthy comment on the lives of the New South Wales railwaymen and their women in the Blue Mountain and Hunter Valley regions of Australia. Drivers on long trips had to stay in 'barracks' until they were scheduled to drive a homeward bound train. Sometimes the men were away for longer than the return journey required; hence the rueful sentiments of this railway widow and the passing thought that at each end of the line there may have been a woman singing the very same song ...
Down The Long Road (Bob Davenport)
Down the long road a soldier came walking
Back from the long wars no more for to roam
When a woman he saw came walking towards him
Singing to herself as she made her way home ...
William Taylor (Traditional)
A traditional English folk song with traditional English folk song components: love, desertion, cross-dressing and so on.
Blanche Comme La Neige (Traditional)
The wise intervention of an older woman saves a young girl from the dishonourable attentions of three 'fine' and 'noble' men. Her ingenuity brings this tale of abduction to a dramatic and triumphant conclusion. A French-Canadian song collected and translated by Maud Karpeles.
Greenwood Laddie (Traditional)
This song seems to have originated in County Antrim. It has been attributed to Robert Cinnamond of Glenavy and to Charles Boyle of Belfast who learnt it from his mother; she recalled it having been sung in the mills and factories of that city. Peter Kennedy recorded the song in 1952. It has been said that there are distant echoes of the traditional Gaelic love song in its melody and verses. There may well be a deeper significance to the term 'Greenwood' suggesting that this song expresses an attachment that crosses the sectarian divide.
Love is the Sweetest Thing (Ray Noble)
Sweetest. Strangest. Greatest. In that order. Write it on your hand - that's what we do. Sarah's stylish arrangement of this song is an attempt to placate the ghost of her father who left her his piano and all his music.
Somewhere Along The Road (Rick Kemp)
A song for a lost soul. We learnt this from the singing of Maddy Prior.
How Do I Look? (Claire Chapman)
A rhetorical question since you can't please everyone. And you don't care anyway. Do you?
The Blacksmith (Traditional)
'The very carrier that comes from him to her is a most welcome guest; and if he bring a letter, she will read it twenty times over.... and kiss the letter a thousand times together and then read it.'
Chocolate Song (Marcus Turner)
One from the oral tradition?
Harriet Tubman (Walter Robinson)
Harriet Tubman was born in slavery in 1820. She escaped in 1849 and in 1854, went to Boston where she met the leading abolitionists of the time. She became one of the most effective guides on the Underground Railroad and more than three hundred slaves were lead to freedom by her. So successful was she that a $10.000 reward was offered for her capture. This song celebrates her.
Now I 'as to call 'im father (Ada Jones)
This song was made famous by music-hall singer Vesta Victoria. It's a cautionary tale and an interesting example of the flexibility of family relationships.
Keep You in Peace (Sarah Morgan)
A rare solo recording by Sarah of one of her own compositions. The words were inspired y a traditional Celtic blessing which she complemented with a beautiful melody hased on the Scottish fiddle tune "Mrs Jameson's Favourite" by Charles Grant of Aberlour.
Waltzing's for Dreamers (Richard Thompson)
For lonely hearts everywhere.
All song arrangements by Sarah Morgan
Thanks to Carolyn Robson for 'Down the Long Road', Bev Arscott for 'How Do I Look' and Moira Craig for 'The Chocolate Song'
Jenny Muncaster (The Colour Factory) for cover artwork; Doug Bailey and Paul Sartin for sound and production; Sue Bailey and Jenny Sartin for hospitality. A SCoFF web page, © SCoFF 2003
Trevor Gilson, SCoFF Webmaster
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