Ian Edwards found this wonderful looking book in a 2nd hand shop:
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.
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.