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Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?

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Richard Bridge 30 Oct 11 - 06:07 AM
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Subject: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 30 Oct 11 - 06:07 AM

On another thread in another place someone remarked that the only traditional halloween song they could find was "Soul Cake" (as recorded by the Watersons on "Frost and Fire"). It seems to me at a guess that that might more accurately be called an All Soul's Day song.

Of course Tam Lin and the various versions of Child 39 do spring to mind as referring to halloween - but a short rummage has failed to turn up the expected plethora of traditional (by which I mean traditional, OK) songs about or for samhain/halloween.

What else does teh team know?


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 30 Oct 11 - 03:41 PM

Seems the team knows nothing...


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: Reinhard
Date: 30 Oct 11 - 03:52 PM

The Traditional Ballad Index lists two Halloween songs, The Haughies o' Indego and The Last Speech and Dying Words of the Auld Kirk of Turriff.

And Faithful Johnny mentions Halloween in the third verse too.


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 30 Oct 11 - 04:25 PM

Thank you very much Reinhard. Dammit I remember Faithful Johnny. Why didn't I think of that?


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 04:16 AM

I doubt any really exist, but this is good:

from Bill Mitton
Today is Halloween and all the little Witches, Wizards, Goblins and Ghouls will be abroad laughing and happy, collecting sweets.... which is as it should be...But for us of an older persuasion......it is the eve of All Souls Day...or All Hallows Eve..When we remember those whose lives, love and teaching brought us to this day.

A DANCING OF SOULS
(All Souls Eve)
Around me in the evening mist
the s...ouls of those now gone
come lightly dancing in a circle
and they're singing, everyone.
I am not frightened in their presence
they are my family and friends
I still cherish all they taught me,
we are A chain that never ends.
I know each smile, I see them now
They are my friends, my kin
I open up my heart and memory
to welcomes them all back in.
Their touch is still yet as gentle
still full of tenderness and peace
all the things that we once shared
here within the dancing soul's release
As the in days that they dwelt amongst
They still guide us from above
So here on this All hallows Eve
I give thanks for their lives and their love

"Eternal Rest Grant To Them Oh Lord"


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: Sailor Ron
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 09:20 AM

Actually 'Halloween' or 'All Hallows Eve' is the eve of 'All Saints' dat, 'All Souls Day'is 2nd of November. But of course both 'All Saints' and 'All Souls' are Chritian festivals to remember the dead, same as Samaine.


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: GUEST,julia L
Date: 31 Oct 11 - 10:54 PM

Samhain (pro. "sow -when") meaning "summer's end"


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 01 Nov 11 - 03:40 PM

Samhain was the New Year of the ancient Celts. The Celtic day started at sundown so celebrations were started in the evening. After the Christianization of the British Isles the Catholic Church failed to stamp out the people celebrating what was then considered a pagan event. Their solution "if you can't lick em join em" so they created the Christian holiday All Saints Day, but the people still celebrated Samhain as per custom on the previous evening so the church called it All Hallows Eve trying to make it reflect a Christian origin. It didn't fool the Celts though and many such as myself still celebrate it's arrival. Any song will suffice as long it's sung in the Gaelic tongue.


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: GUEST,dobranoc
Date: 28 Oct 14 - 12:23 PM

'' All Souls Day...or All Hallows Eve'' created by a Pope holiday to replace Samhain / Summer's End' flames to church candles -one of many fake cristian's holidays.


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: GUEST,Rahere
Date: 28 Oct 14 - 04:12 PM

I can think of just one, The Wife of Usher's Well, which "fell about the Martinmas". If you reverse the Gregorian calendar reform, that's a Hallowe'en song.

That aside, how about some indirect ones? There's quite a repertoire, starting with The False Knight on the Road. Then there's all the Ghosties and Ghoulies, such as Bella Hardy's Drunken Butcher of Tideswell - or the Ghost Riders in the Sky? Moving on, although the Lyke Wake Dirge isn't strictly Hallowe'en, it's not Christmas either! Or if that's too dire for you, how about On Ilkley Moor baht'at? Moving into the overworld, we have True Thomas. Need a skellington? Twa' Corbies or Ravenscroft's remix Three Ravens does nicely, or you cold have Dem bones. And to tidy it back a bit, there's the infamous spider in the bath. Or the US kids' Down in the Valley, which opens the door to the Barbra Allens, the Unquiet Grave and the rest. Not finished yet, we also have the mass murderers, Long Lankin, Edward, and their kith, if not kin. And there's the downright sentimental, such as Tom Bowling...sorry! How about a momento mori like Down among the Dead Men? Or Widdicombe Fair?

In the UK, at any rate, Hallowe'en's a recent importation, so I'd not look here for much originally linked to it. The Welsh have bits of the Mari Llyd tradition, which is why I mention Widdicombe Fair. Then there's the entire wealth of Spanish AllHallows - most of Alfonso the Great's Cantigas qualify on this count.


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: GUEST,Hazel
Date: 29 Oct 14 - 08:53 AM

John Goodluck's new CD seems to be full of suitable Halloween/Samhain material. Check it out.


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 29 Oct 14 - 01:33 PM

No really old traditional songs then?


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: Stewart
Date: 29 Oct 14 - 06:14 PM

The Green Lady
Sung by Caz Forbes & Ste Moncrieff

Cheers, S. in Seattle


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Oct 14 - 10:37 PM

I heard a version of "The Shaking of the Sheets" on "The Thistle and Shamrock" once and thought it was really cool. It seems to be traditional. http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/folk-song-lyrics/Shaking_of_the_Sheets(or_the_Dance_of_Death).htm


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Subject: RE: Traditional Halloween/Samhain songs?
From: GUEST,Cori S.
Date: 29 Oct 14 - 10:43 PM

Oh, that was me who posted just now, above. ^ Here's another, short traditional kids' song, in which I took part in a school play, as the old woman. http://www.playgroundjungle.com/2009/12/there-was-old-woman-all-skin-and-bone.html


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