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Posted By: WalkaboutsVerse
01-Jul-08 - 06:15 AM
Thread Name: Glastonbury English Folk Festival?...
Subject: RE: Glastonbury English Folk Festival?...
Ruth: I, along with the members of Brother Crow, etc., were "off our arses" and PARTICIPATING at the Durham Traditional Music Festival, just this weekend, e.g. And, whilst there, I sung this (once in the comp's and once at the singaround, with tenor-recorder/English flute intro.) about what is now my local area of England:

Poem cum Song 162 of 230, TEES TO TYNE: FIRST IMPRESSIONS - SUMMER 2001

Where traditions are not so rare;
    Sea, country and works scent the air;
A multitude of monuments,
    Planted tubs and patterned pavements.

The longish pedestrian malls;
    The remnants of defensive walls;
"Broken-roofed buildings" are a gauge
    Of the respect for heritage.

Wheat, rape and pines in the fields;
    Estuaries guarded by shields;
Long sandy beaches and wide scenes;
    Romantic-ruin go-betweens.

Rivers in parts licked by trees,
    Or fringed by boat clubs, wharfs, gantries,
And crossed by practical delights -
    Varied spans, forming pleasing sights.

Fine churches headed at Durham;
    Football kits ad infinitum;
Kept castles - one for study;
    Masonry behind masonry.

And, with moulding-works out that way,
It's somewhere for a longer stay..?

(PS: I also recently performed it, on a Northern Lines poetry event, at Newcastle's Lit. and Phil. Library.)