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England in Ribbons

Sunday 23 April 2006 22:00-0:00 (Radio 3)

For hundreds of years, ordinary people across the world have expressed their relationship with life and landscape through traditional dance, music and song. The English traditions that have been shaped and nurtured by the hands of successive generations now make up the deep and richly layered ground that is England today.

A two hour montage of songs, tunes, conversation, storytelling and dance, with contributions from Hugh Lupton, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Chris Wood, Robert Harbron, the Britannia Coconut Dancers of Bacup, Oxford Folk Festival goers, Rosalie and Colin Dipper, the English Acoustic Collective, John Spiers and Jon Boden, Andy Cutting, Kathryn Tickell and many more.


2 hours

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You can download a selection of Shakespeare readings from this programme as an mp3 file for 7 days after broadcast.

English Music Day on Radio 3, 23 April 2006

Details and schedule


Broadcast on 23rd April 2006 at 2200

Trad: Lumps of Plum Pudding
John Dipper, fiddle
BBC Recording

Trad arr. Carthy: Double Lead Through (from Upside Down)
Eliza Carthy and the Ratcatchers
Taken from the album Rough Music
Topic TSCD554

Trad arr. Kerr: Nancy Clough's
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan
Taken from the album Steely Water
Fellside FECD145

Trad arr. Cutting/Wood: The Rambling Comber
Chris Wood, viola and voice/Andy Cutting, accordion
BBC Recording

Blake arr. Davenport: Jerusalem (set to the traditional tune The Rose Tree)
Bob Davenport & friends
Taken from the album The Common Stone
Topic TSCD 552

Trad with additional music by EAC: Hare's Maggot - Mr Isaac's Maggot
English Acoustic Collective
Taken from the album Ghosts
RUF Records RUF CD 09

Tickell / Trad: The Wedding / Because He Was
Kathryn Tickell
Taken from the album Debatable Lands
Park Records PRKCD50

Trad: (see below)
Val's Sunday session at the Kelham Island Tavern in Sheffield
BBC Field Recording
Following a question on uk.music.folk, a listener wrote in to say this tune is called 'If you will not have me you may let me go', from the Vickers MSS of 1770. Thanks to Steve for sending the information.

Cutting: To the Edges
Andy Cutting, accordion
BBC Recording

Trad arr. Carthy / Swarbrick: Prince Heathen
Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick
Taken from the album Prince Heathen
Topic TSCD 344

Trad: Henry Martin
Sam Larner
Taken from the album Now Is the Time For Fishing
Topic TSCD 511

Trad arr. Carthy, Carthy, van Eyken: The Lofty Tall Ship
Taken from the album A Dark Light
Topic TSCD 536

Harbron: Swimming Tune (extract)
Rob Harbron, concertina
BBC Recording

Harbron arr Methera: Swimming Tune
Methera (Miranda Rutter, John Dipper, Emma Reid, Lucy Deakin)
BBC Recording

Trad: 2 Garland Dances
Stackstead Silver Band/Britannia Coconut Dancers of Bacup
BBC Recording

Trad: Tiptoe Polka (Bacup Coconut Dance)
Stackstead Silver Band/Britannia Coconut Dancers of Bacup
BBC Recording

Trad: The Trees They Do Grow High
Eliza Carthy
Taken from the album On Reflection
Mrs Casey Records RCRCD 1003

Trad: The Trees They do Grow High
Walter Pardon
Taken from the album A World Without Horses
Topic TSCD 514 Track 11

Trad arr. Wood: The Lady from York
Chris Wood, guitar & voice
BBC Recording

Trad arr Methera: Lumps of Plum Pudding (The English Set)
Methera (Miranda Rutter, John Dipper, Emma Reid, Lucy Deakin)
BBC Recording

Field Recording: Church bells
Bellringers of St Michael's Church, Aldbourne
BBC Recording

Trad arr. Kerr/Fagan: Barbara Allen - April Friend
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan
Taken from the album Strands of Gold
Fellside FECD 199

Trad arr. Wood/Dipper: Idbury Hill
English Acoustic Collective
BBC Recording

Dipper: May Hill
English Acoustic Collective
BBC Recording

Harbron: Afloat in December
Rob Harbron, concertina
BBC Recording

Trad arr. Cutting/EAC: Morgan Rattler - Tweed: No Better Friends
English Acoustic Collective & Andy Cutting
BBC Recording

Trad: Swinton May Song
The Watersons
Taken from the album For Pence and Spicy Ale
Topic TSCD 462

Wood/Lupton: England in Ribbons
Chris Wood, voice & guitar
Private recording

Field recording: Skylark
Taken from the album British Birds
BBC Sound Effects

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