Broadcast it o'er the Land

One Accord's second CD released in May 2011

Recorded in Cock Robin Studios, Adlington, Lancashire during 2010

'Broadcast it o'er the Land' presents an eclectic mix of the material they perform throughout the year, ranging from unaccompanied 4 part harmonies to instrumental tracks and from the sacred to the secular.

****Read the review from Living Traditions here****

1. A Bit of a Sing [2:27]

A poem by Edwin Waugh, noted 19th-century Lancashire dialect poet born in Rochdale, set to music by his friend C E Rowley. We originally learnt this song for one of Sid Calderbank's 'Lancashire Garland' productions, 'The Songs of Edwin Waugh, Esq.'

2. Wondrous Love [2:16]

An American shape note song whose words were published in 1835 and attributed to Alexander Means. The tune, originally in three parts, is in the Dorian mode.Our version is from the 1911 edition of 'Original Sacred Harp' and has four parts.

In shape note notation, the head of each note has one of four shapes to indicate its interval from the key note. The system, developed in the north-eastern USA around 1800, enables singers to sight read music without having to understand key signatures.

3. Dives and Lazarus [7:23] Listen to an extract (approx 2.5MB)

Words and music appear in Child Ballads (56). The tune was included by Ralph Vaughan Williams in his orchestral piece 'Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus' written in 1939. The story is based on the parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus included in St Luke's Gospel.

We learnt it for a 'rich man, poor man' theme night at the Four Fools folk club in The Crown at Worthington a few years ago, and it seemed a shame to only do it the once.

4. Ebenezer [2:28]

A hymn tune written by T J Williams in 1890. It started life as part of an anthem ('Goleu yn y Glyn' or 'Light in the Valley') and was first published as a hymn tune in 1901. Due to a legend that the tune was found in a bottle washed up on the Welsh coast, it is also known as 'Ton-y-Botl'. In the 1933 version of the Methodist Hymnbook it is a setting for the appropriately sombre ‘Through the Night of Doubt and Sorrow'.

5. Lark in the Clear Air [3:41]

Words by Sir Samuel Ferguson written in 1850 set to a traditional tune (O'Neills Castle) which was collected in the West of Ireland by his wife Mary, one of the Guinness family. Linda and Alison both know this (quite independently) from schooldays, though for years Alison thought it was just a nice tune to play on the recorder.

6.Marlborough to Maginot [4:23]

After many years of being known as 'The War (as opposed to Waugh) Set', this number finally has a proper title. The theme reflects humankind's habit of fighting over the same bits of land, in this case, Flanders. Two traditional items are followed by a First World War parody of a song from the turn of the 20th century.

7. Glasgow [2:37] Listen to an extract (approx 1.5MB)

We were given this tune by the organist at Rivington Chapel who had come across it when he was playing for the funeral of the organist at Longsight Methodist Church in Harwood, Bolton. Glasgow had been her favourite tune. It is unusual to find a short metre tune with fugueing. We found these words, a version of the Parable of the Sower by James Montgomery, in the Primitive Methodist Hymnbook.

8. L'Enfant de Dieu/Bear Dance/Don o'th' Boots [5:26]

A quick musical trip around Europe, starting in France, moving on to Belgium and finishing in Fleetwood. The last tune was written by a former musican of John O'Gaunt Morris from Lancaster for their Fleetwood Processional dance. There are several variations on the B music, but we've only ever got round to learning one of them.

9. There is a Lady [2:33]

We know this version from the Fountain, Ingbirchworth, where it was part of the carolling repertoire, despite having no apparent connection with Christmas. The words are attributed to Robert Herrick and the tune, 'Deep Harmony' was written by Handel Parker.

10. Tribute to the Drowned [5:35]

An account by Lancashire poet Samuel Laycock of the RNLI's worst lifeboat disaster which happened in December 1886. The fundraising in support of the lifeboatmen's families led to the first charity street collections and Lifeboat Saturday events. We found the tune in Mary and Nigel Hudleston's Songs of the Ridings as a setting for 'From Greenland's Icy Mountains' used by Filey Fishermens Choir.

11. Shaw Lane [3:05]

The tune is well known in parts of Yorkshire and Lancashire as a setting for 'While Shepherds'. This pairing of words and tune comes from the manuscript of the late organist at Longsight Methodist Church, Harwood.

12. Lyke Wake Dirge [5:21]

Our version combines two traditional tunes. The second was learned at a workshop led by Blowzabella. Thought to be Yorkshire's oldest extant dialect poem although versions were known further north and in Scotland. John Aubrey published it in his Remaines of Gentilisme and Judaisme in 1686, but it is probably much older.

13. Palms of Victory [2:50]

A gospel song written by John B Matthias, a Methodist minister from New York State in 1836.

14. MacPherson's Lament [4:22] Listen to an extract (approx 2MB)

James MacPherson is said to have written this tune on the eve of his execution and to have played it on his fiddle before he was hanged. We learnt it because our friend Carol asked us to play it at her wedding.

15. Slow Boat to China [2:29]

We always say we collected this from an old Morris dancer, as it is the party piece of one of the members of Rumworth Morris.

Thanks to: Sid Calderbank, Jim Fox, Carol Birchmore, Roy Shepherd

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