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History - BBC's 'Singing Together'

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GUEST,David Lord 23 May 20 - 10:49 AM
Nigel Parsons 27 Apr 20 - 09:07 PM
Nigel Parsons 27 Apr 20 - 09:04 PM
Nigel Parsons 27 Apr 20 - 08:29 PM
GUEST 27 Apr 20 - 07:43 PM
Nigel Parsons 29 Mar 20 - 06:55 AM
Nigel Parsons 27 Mar 20 - 04:11 PM
GUEST 27 Mar 20 - 11:20 AM
Nigel Parsons 02 Jan 20 - 06:00 AM
Nigel Parsons 02 Jan 20 - 05:57 AM
Steve Gardham 31 Dec 19 - 09:52 AM
Big Al Whittle 30 Dec 19 - 08:43 PM
GUEST,Julie 28 Dec 19 - 04:53 AM
GUEST,Julie 28 Dec 19 - 04:45 AM
GUEST,Julie 28 Dec 19 - 04:36 AM
Steve Gardham 08 Aug 19 - 02:22 PM
Nigel Parsons 08 Aug 19 - 06:40 AM
Nigel Parsons 07 Aug 19 - 04:38 PM
Steve Gardham 06 Aug 19 - 06:13 PM
Nigel Parsons 22 Apr 19 - 10:43 AM
Senoufou 16 Jan 19 - 06:11 AM
The Sandman 16 Jan 19 - 05:16 AM
Nigel Parsons 28 Oct 15 - 07:49 PM
GUEST,YorkyT 13 May 15 - 10:07 AM
GUEST 01 Dec 14 - 10:17 AM
GUEST,Davi Marquis 01 Dec 14 - 09:41 AM
JHW 29 Nov 14 - 05:33 PM
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JHW 24 Nov 14 - 04:49 PM
KettyRoberto 14 Oct 14 - 05:19 AM
Steve Shaw 13 Oct 14 - 08:00 PM
Bainbo 13 Oct 14 - 07:35 PM
Felipa 13 Oct 14 - 01:00 PM
BBC Researcher 04 Jun 14 - 12:24 PM
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GUEST 05 Mar 14 - 02:17 PM
GUEST,Sue 26 Feb 14 - 03:12 PM
Murpholly 20 Jan 14 - 03:40 PM
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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Sep 20 - 11:16 AM

I still remember those words to 'Dagobert.Do your siblings also remember:
'A clearing deep within the quiet wood
Where with promise of warmth and cheer a log cabin stood
A light from the window illuminates the trees
That echo with a sigh, the soft singing of the breeze'


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST,David Lord
Date: 23 May 20 - 10:49 AM

I chanced upon this fascinating thread, particularily fascinating for me as I dis a lot of work for BBC Schools' Radio in the 1960s and 70. as pianist, script writer, presenter and occasionally contract producer. I have many happy memories od accompanying William Appleby in various programmes, possibly Singing Together though my memory is so bad I'm afraid. I certainly did Time & Tune, Music Session, Music Session One, A Corner For Music, Springboard, Music Club, The Music Box - even Listen with Mother! I'm looking at the Time & Tune pamphlet now with The Song of the Zartians, so I guess I might have been accompanist in that programme. Happy days!


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 27 Apr 20 - 09:07 PM

. . . ABC Converter such as the one at MandolinTab


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 27 Apr 20 - 09:04 PM

Correction, 'Time & Tune' Summer '65, not 'Singing Together'.

COWBOY SPRING

It is spring, the daisies are bursting out.
It is spring, the grass is tender.
And now, the breeze is blowing so softly
Over the rolling plains.

Me and my horse go clippety, cloppety.
Me and my horse go jiggety, joggety.
As we go riding clippety, cloppety,
Over the rolling plains

I just left the Double-X ranch,
I got on my horse and rode away,
I know a pretty girl lives in the valley,
Over the rolling plains.

X: 1
T:CowboySpring
M:6/8
L:1/8
S: Time and Tune Summer 1965
Z: NP 28 April 2020
K:D
F3 G3| A3 F3| A2 A B3|A2 A B3| F3 G3| A3 F3 | A3 B3 | A3 B3| E3 E2 F | G3 E3 | E3 E2 F | (E2D) B,3| E3 E2 F| (E2D) B,3 | D6||
w: It is spring, the dai-sies are burst-ing out. It is spring, the grass is ten-der. And now, the breeze is blow-ing so soft-_ly, O-ver the roll-_ing plains.

Transcribed from "Time and Tune" Summer Term 1965. The page is annotated Copyright Elizabeth Poston 1961
The back cover acknowledges permission to reprint: The Bodley Head Ltd "Cowboy Spring" from "The Children's Song Book"
NP
The melody can be viewed by copy/pasting the above (from X: 1 to 'roll-_ing plains') into a converter such as the one at


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 27 Apr 20 - 08:29 PM

Guest: Chris Scotland

Any idea of song title, or approximate year?
Never mind. The title is 'Cowboy Spring' from the Summer 1965 Singing Together.

To save anyone else transcribing I'm on it now.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Apr 20 - 07:43 PM

Looking for the words of it is Spring the daisies are bursting out- can anyone help please? from Singing Together . Chris, Scotland


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 29 Mar 20 - 06:55 AM

Photocopies sent.
Guest is still looking for any recordings from the era, if available.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 27 Mar 20 - 04:11 PM

Guest:
A quick look at the thread linked a little earlier, also Here identifies both those songs ("Island in the sun" & "Cotton Fields") as being in the Singing Together programme for Spring 1991.
This is not an issue I've often seen on eBay (looking at my own copy), but I would be happy to transcribe lyrics and melody (ABC format), or to photocopy the relevant pages.

Note to other 'Catters, I've also emailed this response.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Mar 20 - 11:20 AM

Hi there. I am looking for any radio recordings of singing together from1989-1992 and any pupil booklets. In particular, I am looking for episodes with Sophie Aldred and Grant Baynham, I remember songs like Cotton Fields and island in the Sun.

There are some episodes on my YouTube channel -


https://youtu.be/B4tmUE6K7ks

https://youtu.be/Mv3VkS5KZuc



Will happily pay for any resources that anyone can offer.

Please email - GordonFraser250@gmail.com

Thank you.

Music Teacher
Scotland, UK


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 06:00 AM

Okay,
I just posted a response to a comment which seems to have disappeared into the ether. Never mind.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 02 Jan 20 - 05:57 AM

Iain C:
Many of these turn up on eBay, often not requiring 'good money'.
Some people try to get high prices for them, but my listings normally start (and often finish) at £3.00 because I'm only selling off spares picked up while trying to complete (or improve the condition of) my collection.
I've started (very slowly) scanning my collection, starting from the earliest. So far I have full page scans of 1950 Summer, 1951 Autumn, 1952 Summer & Autumn, 1953 Spring, Summer, Autumn, 1954 Spring.
As I've offered elsewhere, I am happy to transcribe words for anything which isn't already on Mudcat, and even add the tune in ABC notation.
If anyone needs an email of a scan of a particular song, I'm happy to provide it. A fuller list of contents of the various leaflets is Here on Mudcat
Cheers
Nigel


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 31 Dec 19 - 09:52 AM

Hi Julie,
I think it was just the sheer joy of being able to sing something other than hymns in school. I remember it fondly. Having become a folksinger with a lot of pretty rough songs in my repertoire (at one point even including the even worse English relative of Streets of Laredo) it amuses me that I have very fond memories of 'Once there was a wild rose gay' by an operatic female singer, and pieces like Marianina and songs in other languages. Also the very first song I sang in a folk club in about 65 was the version of 'Sally Brown' from ST memories.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 30 Dec 19 - 08:43 PM

No I wasn't haunted by The Streets of Laredo.

I think we liked the American songs. One year, I think Billy Barlow was voted the most popular. We were never asked to vote. We learned not to show our feelings in Lincolnshire. even then we knew no one cared what we liked.

You have to remember thatt generation of little boys started choosing their toy gun cap pistols for Christmas from the Wooly's toy counter round about March.

Also we loved TV westerns - Cisco Kid and pancho, the Range Rider, hopalong Cassidy, Hugh O'Brian in Wyatt Earp, Ward Bond and Seth McCullough in Wagon Train.

Any song that mentioned cowboys was onto a bit of a winner.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST,Julie
Date: 28 Dec 19 - 04:53 AM

(Continued)
' I saw a young cowboy all wrapped in white linen,
Wrapped in white linen and cold as a grave. '
The cowboy goes on to say:
' I'm shot in the breast and I'm dying today.'
Charming subject for children ! In the days before brutal computer games, I found this quite disturbing.
Anyone else haunted by this one ??
I subsequently became a primary teacher for 40 years and still teach 2 days a week.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST,Julie
Date: 28 Dec 19 - 04:45 AM

Sorry...got cut off !
It fascinates me that we were all quite happy to accept lyrics that were quite clearly ridiculous and also that,back in the days before the internet, my first suspicions that the rest of the world wasn't exactly like Teddington probably came from these songs.
I loved the lessons but I remember one awful,maudlin song about a dying cowboy really disturbed me. I just remember the lines:


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST,Julie
Date: 28 Dec 19 - 04:36 AM

Wow!! Feel as if I have been transported back in a time machine !
I was at a West London junior school between 1964 and 1968 and,like so many others here, I have fond memories of clustering round the huge old radio singing many of the songs mentioned above.
The two that lodged in my memory so strongly that I still occasionally find myself humming them are Calling All Zartians Out and Mariannina but it has been fascinating being reminded of so many others and little snippets have been floatingback. through a .


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 08 Aug 19 - 02:22 PM

Thanks, Nigel
I suspected it was 40s. I paid a quid for it in a charity shop so I'm quite chuffed to have it. It's the earliest I have now. I have some 50s that bring back memories. Ah, Marianina!!


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 08 Aug 19 - 06:40 AM

Further:
If you want to create a front cover for it there is an image Here

It might need a little work to stretch/skew it back to being rectangular.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 07 Aug 19 - 04:38 PM

Autumn 1949, according to This thread (final post)
Not one in my collection, so not in the main thread listing contents

Cheers


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 06 Aug 19 - 06:13 PM

Just got hold of quite an early one but no cover hence no year date. It has SINGING TOGETHER
HOME SERVICE
Mondays
11.00 - 11.18 a.m.
19th September - 5 December
on the cover page.
Songs are:
Cock-a-doodle Do
Amid the New Mown hay
The maid and the Mill
The Wandering Miller
The Keeper
Child in the Manger
Gold and Amber
St Distaff's day
Christmas carol
Whence is that Goodly Fragrance
I saw 3 ships
Jesu good above all other
Holy Angels Bright


The comes
Rhythm and Melody 22 September- 8 December

Prince and Princess
Christmas Lullaby
Past three o'clock
The Spinning Wheel
The Bellman's Song
From Bethlem City
Chist is born
Upon Paul's Steeple
I saw three ships
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Oranges and Lemons
Bobby Shaftoe ( The last 5 just the tune)

Anyone got a year for it?


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 22 Apr 19 - 10:43 AM

Answering numerous queries above (over the years.Battle Song of the Zartians (Calling all Zartians)
Is transcribed, with music in ABC in This Thread


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Senoufou
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 06:11 AM

My primary school pupils loved it Sandman, and so did I. I used to rehearse the songs with my class in between programmes by playing the school piano, which had to be wheeled along to my classroom.
It was a delightful mix of History, Geography, Traditions and Poetry. The children learned such a lot. I even drew from the songs for Creative Writing and Art.

That and Country Dancing (which I also taught) were a real joy.
I can't imagine today's ten year-olds skipping round in pairs performing country dancing!

The Royal Norfolk Show often has Maypole Dancing by local schools, but quite small children take part. (and, once, some visiting Masai in full African dress who spontaneously took a ribbon and joined in! Hilarious!)


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: The Sandman
Date: 16 Jan 19 - 05:16 AM

the great thing about singning together ,was that it was a social event all of us children participating together , similiar to maypo;le dancing, the sum was greater than the individual parts


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 28 Oct 15 - 07:49 PM

Guest YorkyT:
I don't have Autumn 57, But Autumn 58 had:
I saw a maiden &
On Christmas night
at the end of the "Singing Together" section.
The second half of the book was for the "Rhythm & Melody" broadcasts, and ended with:
Christ was born on Christmas day,
Unto us a boy is born &
Amahl and the night visitors.

Cheers
Nigel


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST,YorkyT
Date: 13 May 15 - 10:07 AM

Can anyone recall what the lyrics were of the very last Christmassy song/Carol in either the Autumn 1957 or Autumn 1958 booklet? I can "see" it, and remember singing it, but I CAN'T remember what it was!!!


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST
Date: 01 Dec 14 - 10:17 AM

In our school you could always tell which song was going to be number 1 in the end of term hit parade; it was the only one the boys in the class would actually deign to sing along with - normally the comedy or quirky songs, eg Football Crazy, Mango Walk, Linstead Market (in whose chorus I can still remember the gusto with which they belted out the 'OH LORD!' bit!)


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST,Davi Marquis
Date: 01 Dec 14 - 09:41 AM

I remember "singing together" at St Saviours school in Jersey Channel Islands Some of the programs were recorded with a "home made tape recorder" by a senior school teacher and we had to practice some of the songs.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: JHW
Date: 29 Nov 14 - 05:33 PM

Really enjoyed the programme. I didn't know it continued so long after my school days.

Is a turtle stove the bare cast iron pot thing? Ours I guess was just less than red hot and sizzled your finger if you touched it. (and then smelled of pig?)
We only had the one class from 5 to 11 yrs in a single room at our village school with our one teacher so we all listened to Singing Together on the 3 foot square pale plywood baffle speaker.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Nov 14 - 04:10 PM

Radio 4 - Jarvis Cocker - Brought me to tears. The memories of our classroom in the 50's, the turtle stove, the medium wave valve wireless with a key and the giant loudspeaker with its dodgy connections being wheeled in by the caretaker. All sitting round the wireless in our grey shirts, cardigans, shorts and plimsolls waiting for it to warm up, then all, yes .... SINGING TOGETHER !!!! Wonderful times.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: JHW
Date: 28 Nov 14 - 09:00 AM

Reminder

BBC Radio 4 Sat 29th November 2014.
8 p.m. Archive on 4
SINGING TOGETHER


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: JHW
Date: 24 Nov 14 - 04:49 PM

BBC Radio 4 Sat 29th November 2014.
8 p.m. Archive on 4
Jarvis Cocker remembers Singing Together

Singing Together - 29th Nov 2014


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: KettyRoberto
Date: 14 Oct 14 - 05:19 AM

It is a glimpse from the past. It is a nice post. Business Loan Programs


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 13 Oct 14 - 08:00 PM

This is a great thread.
We had 'Singing Together' and 'Rhythm & Melody' at primary school. Tuesdays and Thursdays (I think) but can't remember which one was which. My era was from approx 1953 - 1958.

The wireless was in the headmaster's room and there were extension speakers in the classrooms. We had to remind the head to switch the his wireless on at programme times.

I've jotted down some of the songs I can remember singing from the booklets. I can also remember the excitement at the end of the term/year to find out which song had been voted as the favourite (nationally).
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Begone Dull Care
Barbara Allen
The Drummer & The Cook (One Eye In The Pot, .....Chimney)
Dashing White Sergeant
Charlie Is My Darling
The Lewis Bridal Song (Mairi's Wedding)
Loch Lomond
Ye banks And Braes
Caller Herring
All Though the Night
Men Of Harlech
The Ashgrove
----------------------
It would be great if others could list the songs that they remember, especially (for me) from the era above.


Well I'm of your era, perhaps a couple of years later, and I remember lots of those in your list. I can add Pretty Polly Oliver, Oh No John, Bonnie Dundee, and...I'll keep thinking!


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Bainbo
Date: 13 Oct 14 - 07:35 PM

Jarvis. It's Jarvis Cocker. Both from Sheffield, but it's the Common People guy, rather than the With A Little Help From My Friends chap.

Anyone with recordings, or just memories, of the programme was asked to contact the PM programme.


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Subject: recordings needed - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Felipa
Date: 13 Oct 14 - 01:00 PM

Joe Cocker is working on a BBC radio programme about the Singing Together series. Few of the programmes have been saved in BBC archives, so he made an announcement on BBC Radio 4 asking for people who recorded the programme and have the recordings to contact the Beeb. Apparently it wasnt uncommon for teachers to record the programme.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: BBC Researcher
Date: 04 Jun 14 - 12:24 PM

A bit more info in case anyone is interested in the origins of the programme;

It started in 1939, a few days after the outbreak of war. It went out at 11am on Monday mornings, and a Scottish presenter called Herbert Wiseman created the programme, with the help of a few volunteers from the BBC in Glasgow who sang on the recordings. They did 'Billy Boy', 'Golden Slumber' and 'Michael Finnegan' on the first programme. William Appleby, a schools music organiser and choirmaster from Doncaster started presenting around 1947.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: BBC Researcher
Date: 04 Jun 14 - 10:34 AM

Hello, I am working on a radio documentary about 'Singing Together', and I'm looking for interesting stories about the programme- perhaps you worked it, or were really influenced by it? I am hoping to find people who listened during the war, because it started in 1939 and the BBC hoped it would comfort children - particularly evacuees in unfamiliar schools.

I'm also looking at a song from 1974 called 'Hunting the Hare' which caused a big row at the time- letters from MPs, complaints from Head teachers and so on. Some classes loved the song and others refused to sing it. Can anyone remember this?

Please get in touch with your stories - send me a message on Mudcat or email ruth.evans@bbc.co.uk
Many thanks,
Ruth


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Mar 14 - 02:17 PM

Yes, I have a copy of BBC Radio for schools spring term 1970 and it has the Railway Boggart song in it:

Dwarfs live underground, Dryads in trees, there are trolls and goblins and imps and ogres, bogeymen and kelpies but much better than these and very much nicer is such a rogue as the railway boggart. He doesn't clank chains but has lots of fun in railway trains.

He's no long ago fairy, elf or gnome. He is not a fire drake or a pixie. Doesn't haunt the bedrooms in a stately old home, there's only one place to see all his tricks, he's a railway boggart who likes to take pains to do all his tricks in railway trains.

Ghosties and ghouls which go bump in the night, or the mischievous Cornish sprite called a piskie, little outer-space men come and give you a fright and leprechauns sometimes spit in the whisky! A railway boggart from all this refrains and only does tricks in railway trains.

Further in the booklet, page 20:

The Boggart's campaign

When the boggart heard this song he said 'this has gone on too long;to see this family get so poor is something I'll no more endure.'

'O boggart dear, that's kind of you, but what do you propose to do?'   

Well, I shall use my magic powers on those lost passengers of ours. So when in cars those people sit, they'll wish they'd never thought of it. Whereever traffic signs are found I'll turn them all the wrong way round and angry motorists will say,

I can't think how I lost my way but this road can't be right, I know...I came through here an HOUR ago!

I'll haunt their cars. I'll grind and squeak, I'll make a different noise each week. But when they take it for repair the garage will find nothing there. On narrow roads, just where they bend, with queues behind that never end, I'll make their silly tyres go flat.

The spare wheel? O, I've thought of that, for when they get it out of view they'll find that it is punctured too.

O, I'll make traffic jams get worse till cars go slower than a hearse; I'll make those motorists weep and whine,

O give us back our railway line!


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST,Sue
Date: 26 Feb 14 - 03:12 PM

I remember the song the Railway Boggart, I think it comes from this BBC publication:

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BBC-RADIO-FOR-SCHOOLS-Music-1-BLUEBIRD-LINE-Spring-1970-/161224576760?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_sacat%3D0%26_from%3DR40%26_nkw%3D161224576760%26_rdc%3D1&nma=true&si=zBf4xr7iX7FHd4zYpe1hou5QnDM%253D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557

I've just bought the item, hopefully The Railway Boggart is contained within!


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Murpholly
Date: 20 Jan 14 - 03:40 PM

Farewell Manchester; The Farmyard; To the moon; Cockles and mussels;
Ould John Braddlum; Will ye no come back again; Christmas Day in the morning; Poverty; I saw a Maiden; On Christmas Night; Donkey Riding; Ho Ro My Nut Brown Maiden; The Meeting of the Waters; Twankydillo; St. Athan; Golden Slumbers; Linden Lea; Sweet Nightingale; A Virgin Most Pure; The Infant King; The Twelve Days of Christmas; Dear Harp of Erin; The Derby Ram; Billy Barlow; The Lady Bird; The Hundred Pipers; The Song of the Sailor Lad; Joseph and the Angel; Whence Come you Shepherd Maiden; In Nightly Stillness; Tyrolean Cradle Song;   

and many many more. I still have a wadge of booklets from early fifties through to early sixties. Great fun although verses often cut short and even bowdlerised - but still fun.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Eldergirl
Date: 20 Jan 14 - 04:37 AM

Vive L'Amour, vive la compagnie
Let the bullgine run

O Kije was a hussar bold
A hussar bold was he
He fought so bravely for the Tsar
The pride of the cavalry!
( to the 'Troika' tune)

Robin Adair
Wales! Wales! Land of the mists and the wild..
Richard of Taunton Dene
Silent Worship, which I can still sing all the way through, much to my surprise..
Kathleen Tyrrell (alias Caitlin Triall )
Ye banks and braes, of course..
Twenty eighteen
The saeter girl's Sunday
Not sure if Alouette was among them, she might have sneaked in from another school in a slightly later year!


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST,DTM
Date: 19 Jan 14 - 05:55 PM

This is a great thread.
We had 'Singing Together' and 'Rhythm & Melody' at primary school. Tuesdays and Thursdays (I think) but can't remember which one was which. My era was from approx 1953 - 1958.

The wireless was in the headmaster's room and there were extension speakers in the classrooms. We had to remind the head to switch the his wireless on at programme times.

I've jotted down some of the songs I can remember singing from the booklets. I can also remember the excitement at the end of the term/year to find out which song had been voted as the favourite (nationally).
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Begone Dull Care
Barbara Allen
The Drummer & The Cook (One Eye In The Pot, .....Chimney)
Dashing White Sergeant
Charlie Is My Darling
The Lewis Bridal Song (Mairi's Wedding)
Loch Lomond
Ye banks And Braes
Caller Herring
All Though the Night
Men Of Harlech
The Ashgrove
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It would be great if others could list the songs that they remember, especially (for me) from the era above.


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Subject: BBC's 'Singing Together' - Lyrics for Old Mr Tucke
From: GUEST,Guest Peter Toth
Date: 19 Jan 14 - 10:22 AM

Please can you help?

I desperately want to do Old Mr Tucker with my class at school where I teach Music in the Czech Republic. I remember the song Old Tucker from either 1968 or 1969. I could buy everything on internet for those years but some pamphlets now cost as much as £15 each online and I don't know exactly which month and year I need. I can't find an index online of the pamphlet contents.

I remember:

Now Old Mr. Tucker was a funny old man
He washed his hair in a frying pan
He combed his hair with the leg of a chair
And all he said was: 'I don't care'!

Now Old Mr. Tucker he wouldn't stay dead
He rose and went to town instead
...

Many many thanks!

Peter Toth
(petertoth@email.cz)


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Dec 13 - 12:03 AM

Jon Freeman gave me a copy of folkinfo.org for posting before he closed it. It's at this address:
http://www.joe-offer.com/folkinfo/

There are several references above to posts at folkinfo about Singing Together, but the index search brings up only one reference. Anybody know how to find the other things?

If there's anything you'd like to post that can't be posted at Mudcat for some reason, I can offer space.

-Joe-
joe@mudcat.org


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST,Larry
Date: 19 Dec 13 - 05:27 PM

Where have you been to,Peter?
To the stars and the Milky Way
I passed the moon just waking
At the end of day.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: Eldergirl
Date: 10 Oct 13 - 07:50 AM

Now, is that THE Rod Stewart, or some other rod Stewart..? From Lucern to Weggis on, hol diri di a, hol diri a... Can't recall second line. I've got several of the booklets in a box somewhere, 1957 I think, from my reluctant incarceration at Ide primary, just outside Exeter. Even learning the songs didn't make me contented with my lot. Talk about Billy No-mates... The songs were good tho. Migildi magildi, about a welsh blacksmith? Lieutenant Kije, tune by Prokofiev. Haul away Joe. Shady Grove, not the same as the one Hamish sings, but we know he's a Lone Arranger.. ;) oo, and Eileen aroon.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Oct 13 - 03:37 AM

Interestingly through the medium of live radio we were all listening and learning th same songs. i remember clearly learning Mango Walk and Old Zip Coon at the time. they seemed so exotic at the time. As you say, pity folk songs are not taught in primary. Only remember Shenandoah, Boney went to Elba, the Ashgrove and Blow the Wind Southerly.


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Oct 13 - 03:26 AM

I remember when i worked for british rail, signalmen isolated om the moors actually used to believe in the boggart!


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST,Duncan 1961
Date: 09 Oct 13 - 06:45 AM

Hi, I'm looking for anything related to a series of songs with the title The Railway Boggart. Can anyone help?

Thanks in Advance


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Subject: RE: History - BBC's 'Singing Together'
From: GUEST
Date: 16 Jan 13 - 06:29 AM

Hi I have been singing this song since I was in Primary school over 40 years ago lol And I know it word for word and the tune hahah

feel free to contact me rodstewart866@hotmail.com
if you do just use Antonio Antonio as the subject then I'll know it's not spam lol


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