Megson, When I Was a Lad CD review

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We received a copy of Megson, When I Was a Lad CD to review.

I really want Miss A to experience as much as possible in her life. This includes different music. This CD is a selection of folk songs for children. I love this CD and so does Miss A. I am sure that I will be playing it for many months/years yet for both of us! I am looking forward to playing it to the baby when it arrives.

Megson are a  husband and wife duo, Stu Hanna and Debbie Hanna. They have  been nomiated three timesree times in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and are double winners of the 2011 Spiral Earth Awards they draw heavily on
their Teesside heritage to create a unique brand of folk music.

In 2011 MEGSON took a break from music as they welcomed their little girl Lola Wren but they were unable to stay away too long and looked for a project that would combine their new roles as parents and as musicians. When I Was a Lad was the result!

I was not aware of Megson before receiving this CD so I am pleased to be introduced to them!

To buy please visit the Megson Music website

Track Listing:

1. Bee-O (Traditional)
A Yorkshire lullaby, where “go to bee’o’s” means “go to sleep”…

2. All The Shops Have Fallen Down (Hanna/Hanna)
This started life as an educational song – it was meant to list all the different shops on the high street and what could be bought there. But songs should reflect the times they are written in…

3. Jenny Jenkins (Traditional)
One of our favourite song books is 104 FOLK SONGS (as recorded on folkways records) compiled by Moses Asch, 1964.
The copy we have was rescued from a house clearance by Debs’s dad and has become well worn over the years. It has given us some great songs including this, Jenny Jenkins, a courtship songs from America.

4. Oats & Beans & Barley-o (Traditional)
A play song collected by a Miss Burne of Shropshire and published in a lovely illustrated book from 1894 entitled “Children’s Singing Games”. The game involves the children standing in a ring whilst taking turns to act out the actions.

5. The Riddle Song (Traditional)
We found this popular song in Sharp & Karpeles 80 English Folk Songs. But The earliest version of this was published around 1430 under the title of ” I have a yong suster” in the Sloane Manuscript 2593, a valuable manuscript of 15th century carols and lyrics currently held in the British Library.

6. Me Fathers Farm (Traditional)
Collected from Mr Thorton of the valley of Lothersdale, Yorkshire by Alison McMorland and presented in her fantastic collection of songs, rhymes and games for children entitled “The Funny Family” (Ward Lock Educational).

7. Dance To Your Daddy (based on the original by W. Watson)
Popularised by TV adverts and Theme Tunes, the earliest published version of this (entitled Dance To Thy Daddy) was
attributed to to a W.Watson in W & T Fordye’s Newcastle Songster of 1840.

8. Baby And The Band (Hanna/Hanna)

We have never seen a baby play a banjo & wouldn’t advise trying
it due to the highly tense strings.

9. Leatherwing Bat (Traditional)
Also known as The Bird’s Courting Song or The Hawk & The Crow, this ballads tells the stories of various birds in their courting expeditions and how they have succeeded and failed.

10. A Frog He Would A Woo-ing Go (Traditional)
Based on the 1883 version published by Randolph Caldecott – we would love to know what a frog would look like wearing an Opera Hat….its just a shame about the tragic end.

11. Five Little Ducks (Traditional)
What can we say – we’re just glad they all made it home safely…

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