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Thread #18378   Message #3547958
Posted By: GUEST,jim bainbridge
11-Aug-13 - 03:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: Trimdon Grange Explosion
Subject: RE: Lyr Add: Trimdon Grange Explosion
At Birtley folk club in the mid 60s, after you'd paid 3d admission, there were always copies of Tommy Armstrong's 'collected works' for 6d (old pence for youngsters!)- in it the recommended tune was 'Go and Leave me if you wish it/to'- I'd never heard of this tune at the time, and assumed it was the one used by Louis Killen. Later I heard that A L Lloyd had taken a Balkan tune and applied it to Tommy Armstrong's words- this sounded quite likely to me- it certainly doesn't sound very English- Armstrong had a taste for more basic Irish/Scots tunes. I heard Bob Davenport sing it to a march tempo tune, and indeed recorded it to that tune on a private LP 'Trimdon' in 1976.
Later again, I heard the Keane sisters sing 'Go and leave me..' and it all clicked into place, so I recorded it again on a CD a few years ago- all this came to mind when looking for info after the sad news of Lou Killen's demise a couple of days ago.