Everything English, Scottish,Irish or Celtic

#1
Having recently rediscovered my Englishness, I would like ask Arrsers to recommend a few folk songs for my listening pleasure. At the moment I am thoroughly taken by this charming tune called "scarborough fair"- a tune that I find to be totally engrossing.

I've also been listening to this one program called Thistle and Shamrock that has a Celtic leaning but most times I don't understand a single word of the goings on.

http://www.npr.org/programs/thistle/

So dear Arrsers, can you recommend old songs from the old country?

Cheers
 
#2
Good collection of songs here:

http://www.contemplator.com/tunebook/index.htm

I'm not a fan of the midi format, but at least they're all in one place.

As a British mongrel, I'd put my top 3 as:
- Flower of Scotland,
- Men of Harlech (using the words from Zulu), and
- The Lincolnshire poacher

and if I'm allowed an extra the Flanders and Swann classic Mud, Mud, Glorious Mud!

PB
 
#3
If 31 years counts as ‘old’ for a song, then Roy Harper’s “When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease” paints a passable picture of Englishness (certainly if you’re from ‘oop north’).

Can't imagine you'd find the album anywhere down the Mekong though; BKK perhaps (or Amazon - though they'll have one less copy in stock by the end of today).

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