Our new CD: We Tell Stories

We Tell Stories is now available. It features 12 tracks from our current setlist. Recorded and mixed by our talented mate Richard Holland.

Includes Fire the Lines, written by David Fenner, and the great Common Ground, written by Mark Ashworth, as well as our arrangements of other varies material, traditional and contemporary, three-part a capella and band arrangements featuring duet concertina, guitar, melodeon, ukulele and bass guitar.

We Tell Stories

Jim Woodland

Our title track and a fine song. It has been said that a ballad is a story set to music and that we communicate, sometimes best, through stories and through song. We tell stories……and that is all.

Go Dancing

Mark Ashworth

A tender and moving song written by Mark Ashworth. A story of Polly, Billy, Johnny, dancing and the devastating impact war can have on our lives.

Another Train

Pete Morton

A song of hope. Whatever mistakes we may make in life, it’s not the end of the story, since life has a way of giving us another chance.

We Apologise For Any Inconvenience

Jim Woodland

A gentle dig at the state of our railways and the only song we know of to include the words ‘Haddenham and Thame Parkway’. Written by Jim Woodland for Mikron theatre, it was based around Northern railway stations. Jim gave us permission to change the station names to Southern railway stations except we couldn’t think of a station round here that rhymed with either York or Morecambe Bay so they remain in the song!

Walking Song

Kate McGarrigle

Wouldn’t it be nice to walk together.
People tell stories to each other as they walk. It’s what you do. A wonderful song that tells of the pleasures of simply walking with your fellow humans, chatting, singing, seeing the countryside and feeling at one with the world.

Fire The Lines

David Fenner

The SS Rohilla became a hospital ship in the First World War. On 30th October 1914 the Rohilla ran aground in a storm near Whitby with the loss of 83 lives. Six lifeboats were launched to save as many as possible. Rockets were launched from the shore but could not secure a line to the ship. Many lives were lost, a few swam to safety but all the nurses and the captain (and the ship’s cat!) were saved.