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Shadowfall - Blacksmith 
(Traditional/Richards)

Noted down by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1909 from a Mrs Powell, sung to the tune ‘Monk’s Gate’ which is better known as John Bunyan’s ‘He who would valiant be’. It has been recorded many times. The version I first heard was by Shirley Collins on Anthems in Eden. I felt that if we did it we would be honour-bound to replicate Dolly Collin’s beautiful instrumental setting. I therefore decided to take the words and set them to a new tune.

 

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Tracks

1. Staines Morris 
2. On Board a ‘98’ 
3. Blacksmith 
4. Polly on the Shore 
5. Barley Straw 
6. Our Captain Cried 
7. John Barleycorn 
8. Lowlands Low 
9. Lorelei 
10. A Thousand Ships 
11. Bold Astrologer 
12. Shadowfall 
13. Warp and Weft