The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #53224   Message #819984
Posted By: greg stephens
06-Nov-02 - 11:45 AM
Thread Name: Mudcat CD Series: Plum
Subject: RE: Mudcat CD Series: Plum
Well I see I've ended up in splendid company.
Robinson's Reel, The Honeymoon, A Bonny Lass to Mrry Me, and the Cumberland Reel all come from the MS notebooks of Cumbrian fiddlers of the 19th century. Cumbria is the top left-hand corner of England, containing the old counties of Cumberland, Westmoreland and the Furness part of Lancashire. The Lake District is part of the county, which contains England's highest mountain (Scafell Pike), deepest lake (Wastwater) and greatest liar (used to be Will Rotson, but now he's dead they choose a new one every year. Cumbria/Cumberland means land of the Britons(or Celts or Welsh or whatever), they hung on longer in Cornwall and Cumbria than in the rest of England.Then the Vikings arrived and took over, which explains why we have so many Norse-derived placenames and dialect words. Cumbria is very rural and historically remote from English life, and there was little to do there in the winter but play the fiddle or socialise with sheep.
   The track is from the Boat Band CD "A Trip to the Lakes": actually I am the only person playing on this track,multi-tracked tenor banjo and guitar. I chose this one as it's a Mudcat CD so I thought the one with only me on it was appropriate. Other tracks with the other wonderful members of the Boat Band are much better, but they aren't Mudcatters.