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Info req: Payday (Roger Wilson)

Joe Offer 18 May 11 - 03:08 AM
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Subject: Info req: Payday (Roger Wilson)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 May 11 - 03:08 AM

This song was Jon Boden's entry for April 11 in his A Folk Song a Day project. Here's what said in that blog:
    Jon calls this "A great song by Roger Wilson. Dan Plews has made this very much his own and it is something of an anthem in the Oxford session scene."

    Although Roger's is a new name to me, I see he was a member of The House Band between 93-98 and has also played with Chris Wood and Martin Carthy. He's obviously a writer, but hasn't been exactly prolific with his own releases in a career of some 25 years. He has a brief entry on Wiki, but apart from that there's little to add to the story of this fine song. I instinctively thought it American on first listening, which just goes to show how wrong you can be, but I love the detail in the song. Excellent stuff.

I wondered if Jon is getting hard-pressed to fill up his calendar in the waning months of his "Folk Song a Day" project. I've enjoyed most of his selections, but not this one.

-Joe-


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Subject: ADDPOP: Payday (Roger Wilson)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 18 May 11 - 03:11 AM

I'm not going to spend a whole lot of time on this because I don't like the song, but I did find lyrics to the song, attributed to "Snakes in Exile," whoever they are.

The stanzas are in different order in Jon Boden's recording.

PAYDAY
(Roger Wilson)

My breast is heaving, my feet are light
I carry my whole life on my back tonight
This is the life I choose, I don't do any harm
I'm just looking forward
to my sweetheart's cuddles and charms

On payday, I'm gonna dance all night
These people are meeting up
between the trees beneath the moonlight
They'll be trying to keep us apart,
even after all the miles we've come
But there's too many lonely hearts,
Gonna make sure mine isn't one, on payday

I wasn't stupid the day that I was born
Whatever happened to me,
what were my schooldays for
I did what I was told,
then I've always been a slow learner
Unlike an idiot toeing the line,
looking out for a better earner

I walk these lanes
in the fading light
I feel no fear,
I feel no fright
Heart you'll go your way,
whatever you decide
I guarantee today
that the head will sympathise

And dance all night
These people are meeting up
between the trees beneath the moonlight
They'll be trying to keep us apart,
even after all the miles we've come
But there's too many lonely hearts,
Gonna make sure mine isn't one, on payday

Source: http://snakes-in-exile.hipermusicas.com/paydayNjM3OTA--/

YouTube Recording of "Payday" by Dan Small (paired with "Roseville Fair").


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Subject: RE: Info req: Payday (Roger Wilson)
From: Reinhard
Date: 18 May 11 - 12:04 PM

The comments in the AFSAD blog suggest that the May songs are among the best in the project yet, so I don't think Jon is getting hard-pressed to fill up his calender. And his own comments like "anthem in the Oxford session scene" don't sound like filler material either.

Besides, every month Jon has one or two few non-traditional tracks urging us to take our blinkers off.


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Subject: RE: Info req: Payday (Roger Wilson)
From: The_one_and_only_Dai
Date: 27 May 11 - 11:23 AM

I love this song and have heard Dan Plews perform it many times. If Dan is not here then I may be able to track him down if anyone wants tab or ABC.


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Subject: RE: Info req: Payday (Roger Wilson)
From: Acorn4
Date: 27 May 11 - 02:47 PM

Roger comes from my home town of Leicester. His main niche is really as a session/backing musician, preferring to avoid the limelight, and contributing to various line ups (including the joint CD with Martin Carthy)although he has also released solo CDs with some good songs on them. He is a fine player of fiddle, guitar and mandolin. His vocals are very much in the style of Nic Jones.

He was recently involved in the production of the musical "Warhorse".

Check out his version of "Burlington Fair" which is a classic.


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Subject: RE: Info req: Payday (Roger Wilson)
From: Acorn4
Date: 27 May 11 - 06:18 PM

...sorry - should have said the CD was "Woods, Wilson and Carthy" - Roger is regarded very much as a "musician's musician"!


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Subject: RE: Info req: Payday (Roger Wilson)
From: GUEST,Lynda Froud.
Date: 05 Jul 14 - 01:44 PM

In my opinion Dan Plews does a much better version of this song than Roger. It's on the excellent cd Foot and Mouth by Dansaul, Dan,Saul Rose and Mark Woolley. Dan is currently heading AORTAS and Playing for Integration, with members in several countries who cooperate to put on workshops here and in the member countries. He is a friend of mine if anyone would like to contact him.


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Subject: RE: Info req: Payday (Roger Wilson)
From: GUEST,maeve
Date: 06 Jul 14 - 08:35 AM

Roger is a lovely fellow and excellent musician. We're hoping to feature him in a house concert whenever we finish the house. He's kindly given me his blessing to learn and perform one of his songs from the House Band days when they were touring in New Hampshire.

Maeve


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