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GUEST,felicity currie 08 Mar 09 - 01:07 PM
GUEST,Allen Miller 06 Oct 10 - 06:16 PM
GUEST,Felicity Currie 29 Oct 10 - 10:09 AM
GUEST,Swaleman 29 Oct 10 - 11:27 AM
GUEST,Swaleman 25 May 11 - 08:27 AM
GUEST,Guest 01 Jul 13 - 05:41 PM
GUEST,Peter Battye 07 Sep 13 - 05:48 AM
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Subject: Tune Req: Forum folk group
From: GUEST,felicity currie
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 01:07 PM

BS wrote (on 07 Apr 01 - 11:07 AM):

"From time to time I've posted to the Forum about a Folk Group from Darlington in Durham. I believe the group name was FOURUM. They sang a song called CORPSE WAY which is in SWALEDALE I believe.

From Keld we'll walk to Grinton Churchyard two days journey and a night with John Blade's body on our shoulders wrapped in linen clean and white (REFRAIN) Clean and white, clean and white, wrapped in linen clean and white.....

I've yet to get lucky and find anyone who has ever heard of the group which seems a pity as their music was superb."

FC: They were really great....about a hundred years ago when I was at uni, one lad sang at an annual dinner 'He's just an old time tramp' and later gave us a taped recording of the group Forum (apparently recorded in a pub). 80's tecnology is failing us and a midi hifi system recently bit the dust - in our house we have just made a huge technological leap to an ipod and docking system for a micro hifi - you can't get a casette player any more (well maybe one). The songs Forum sang were really interesting and, likewise, I've only heard a few elsewhere. If anyone has any recollection can we save them from being lost altogether? Here are a few I remember from the tape (now unplayable, I think):

The Broadside Man
Willie's gone to Melvile Castle
The rout has just come for the blues
Askrigg Fair (Oh, men beware of Askrigg fair, take care of your money when you go there, you may end up dead and poor, buried in the peat on Askrigg moor....)
John Blade's body (corpse way)
Name: William Hill (a song about the 1851? census)
The Oldgang mine ('I've worked at the Oldgang mine for nigh on forty years, I've had my share of friendship, and I had my share of tears, but now up to the Oldgang I'll never walk no more, for the mine it is aclosing, for the price of Spanish ore..and it's farewell to the Oldgang, no more we'll mine for lead, we're heading of to Lancashire, to the cotton mills instead')
The Hartlepool monkey
Isabella......made her escape, avoiding the attentions of Henry the Eighth
The (whaling ship) Ballena
The Swaledale song: 'Driving on to Richmond, with it's castle perched on high, where knights in shining armour once rode in days gone by.....past Reeth's once busy green, where the men of the Dales, they made their sales, and highwaymen were seen..'

Is anyone still singing these? F


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Forum folk group
From: GUEST,Allen Miller
Date: 06 Oct 10 - 06:16 PM

Just to let you know that Fourum are still singing and entertaining audiences in the region. We have sold out of all our CDs and tapes so are bringing out a double CD of our Dales songs (with a few new ones added!) for the new year. We now have a website. Check it out at www.fourumfolk.co.uk

Also now with a facebook page - Fourum Folk Group -

FYI - The Corpse Way has also been recorded by Mike Nicholson.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Forum folk group
From: GUEST,Felicity Currie
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 10:09 AM

That'll put a stop to 30 years of me singing half lines... I'm glad to hear you are still playing - any list of venues?


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Forum folk group
From: GUEST,Swaleman
Date: 29 Oct 10 - 11:27 AM

At our regular singarounds in the Richmond area at least one Fourum song will be heard at each one. Their Dales' songs are an excellent collection of the characters,the tales and times of Swaledale and beyond. As for performing the ever popular group are scheduled to appear at the Richmond Swaledale Folk Club in the town of Richmond on Saturday 4 June 2011 at 8 p.m. if you would like to put that in your diary. I will put a reminder on here nearer the time.


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Subject: RE: Tune Req: Forum folk group
From: GUEST,Swaleman
Date: 25 May 11 - 08:27 AM

Yes lots are still singing the Fourum songs especially in the Richmond, North Yokshire area and at Richmond Swaledale's Folk Club on Saturday 4 June 2011 the group will be the guests with support from Nick Brooker. Tickets are £7 and as the venue has a limited capacity it is ticket entry only. If anyone is wanting a ticket there are still some available from Paul on 01748 824150 or by emailing:pact2005@clara.co.uk.
As regards their music Fourum are close to launching their compilation CD and songbook and information on these can be obtained from their website - www.fourumfolk.co.uk


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Subject: RE: Info: Fourum folk group
From: GUEST,Guest
Date: 01 Jul 13 - 05:41 PM

Watched ITV Dales tonight, Swaleman. See we're promised Fourum on next week's programme singing at the Georgian THeatre. Is it still same line-up? Can you still get CD?


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Subject: RE: Info: Fourum folk group
From: GUEST,Peter Battye
Date: 07 Sep 13 - 05:48 AM

Fourum are a folk band who sing songs {written by A. Miller, one of the band} mostly about Swaledale and its's history and characters. They appear regularly at the Theatre Royal in Richmond, North Yorkshire and at the Swaledale festival. They are very good. Well worth seeing. Sadly one of the 4 original members has died. CDs possibly available in the tourist info centre in Richmond.


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Subject: RE: Info: Fourum folk group
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Jan 14 - 05:36 PM

Fourum going into year 42 in Feb. Dales programme now broadcasting on public service network in Australia. Will they be at Swaledale festival again this year?


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Subject: RE: Info: Fourum folk group
From: GUEST
Date: 10 Jan 14 - 05:42 PM

Saw triple CD by Fourum and also a book of their songs in Castle Hill Books in Richmond, Peter, so they're obviously still around. Book looks good.. but no chords or music , just the words and some fascinating background. Chords would be useful. Can anyone help with Gunnerside Gill song or the one about the Old Gang which I saw on Youtube?


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Subject: RE: Info: Fourum folk group
From: GUEST,guest
Date: 13 Sep 15 - 05:01 PM

See Fourum into year 43 now. Spotted at Swaledale Festival in Arkengarthdale and presenting a concert in Richmond's historic Georgian Theatre on 26th September. Obviously still going strong. Heard a really moving song by band member Rod Hall about a first world war casualty from the dale. 'long way home' or long Road Home' Ithink it was called. Any lyrics and chords from anyone please?


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