Get Folked

Ian Edwards found this wonderful looking book in a 2nd hand shop:
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It contains the words of about a hundred songs — complied in 1915, and dedicated to Mrs Neville Chamberlain — from round these parts. Odd to read of Oldbury, Erdington and Smethwick as having Ladies and Lords, odder for them to have ballads and heroic deeds.

Ballads of old Birmingham

Ian also found that the entire book is available online to read. There are no tunes, but stick you finger in your ear and strum a few minor chords and wine them in _that folk voice_ and you’ll be set.

Would love to hear or see some versions of these — try ipadio and you can sing them down the phone and send us the link.

1 comment for “Get Folked

  1. Ian Edwards
    23 September 2009 at 4:26 pm

    The copy I bought seems to be a reprint from 1955. This may be of interest to fans of Birmingham typography, because it looks, from what's handwritten inside the front page, to have been a gift from the author to the Head of the Birmingham School of Printing, Leonard Jay (who get's a mention in this Baskerville Project article – http://www.baskervilleproject.com/node/40.

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