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recording search help - Dido, Bendigo

Dazbo 11 Sep 11 - 04:22 PM
peregrina 11 Sep 11 - 04:49 PM
GUEST,PeterC 11 Sep 11 - 05:38 PM
GUEST 11 Sep 11 - 05:56 PM
John P 12 Sep 11 - 12:12 AM
GUEST,Erich 12 Sep 11 - 08:04 AM
GUEST,SteveG 12 Sep 11 - 01:42 PM
Brian May 12 Sep 11 - 04:15 PM
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Subject: recording search help - Dido, Bendigo
From: Dazbo
Date: 11 Sep 11 - 04:22 PM

A friend wanted to sing a song she knew but could only vaguely remember the tune. I'm sure I've got it on a CD somewhere but can't remember which one. I've had a look in the lyric search and it seems it was recorded as Dido, Bendigo by the Watersons but I know I've not got the CD this is on. I presume this song goes by a number of titles so it might be on a CD I've got but with a different name (The Noble Foxhunt doesn't ring a bell with me either).

Can Mudcatters suggest other recordings of this song (I'm sure it's by and English group, on a CD and it's been available in the past 5 to 10 years)


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Subject: RE: recording search help - Dido, Bendigo
From: peregrina
Date: 11 Sep 11 - 04:49 PM

You can find the lyrics, score, notes and listen to a recording of the song at the Yorkshire Garland site:

Dido Bendigo at Yorkshire Garland


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Subject: RE: recording search help - Dido, Bendigo
From: GUEST,PeterC
Date: 11 Sep 11 - 05:38 PM

That's pretty well the version which I learned in my local folk club before I had even heard of The Watersons (a VERY long time ago), there is a slightly different text in Garners Gay


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Subject: RE: recording search help - Dido, Bendigo
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Sep 11 - 05:56 PM

The Watersons recorded it on their Topic album "The Watersons" and it is also on their boxed collection "Mighty river of Sound"


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Subject: RE: recording search help - Dido, Bendigo
From: John P
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 12:12 AM

William Pint and Felicia Dale recorded it on "Hartwell Horn".


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Subject: RE: recording search help - Dido, Bendigo
From: GUEST,Erich
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 08:04 AM

The song is also known as "The Noble Fox Hunting" (recorded by M. Wyndham-Read and by the Wayfarers)
A slightly different version was recorded by Brian Dewhurst ("The Noble Duke of Buckingham's Hounds").


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Subject: RE: recording search help - Dido, Bendigo
From: GUEST,SteveG
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 01:42 PM

There is I think already a thread on this somewhere but the Watersons also recorded a more northerly offshoot of The Duke's Hunt called Swarthfell Rocks. This genre of hunting songs were usually traditionally written (or rewritten) by members of the hunts themselves, and as people moved from one pack to another or mixed at hunt suppers the songs were adapted to other occasions. Of course the original in this case was probably written by a London hack who was acquainted with the event. We have here an interesting evolution over more than 3 centuries which involves different versions being shunted backwards and forwards around the country between broadside printers and hunt followers, and of course latterly the folk scene. Swarthfell Rocks appears to have reached the Lake District via the Hexham Hunt version which appeared on broadsides. Dido Bendigo/Spendigo of course was widely printed all over the country since the late 18thc.


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Subject: RE: recording search help - Dido, Bendigo
From: Brian May
Date: 12 Sep 11 - 04:15 PM

Pop to the iTunes store and stick the title in.

You can have a quick listen to the Watersons, but I bought the album by Y Hennesey's - including this wonderful track.


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