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Lyr Req: A Man of British Weather (Mark Stevenson)

ooh-aah 20 May 03 - 09:44 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: ooh-aah
Date: 20 May 03 - 09:44 AM

I was in a pub in Ledbury, Shropshire a few years ago when a young man sang a brilliant song called 'A Man of British Weather', or something similar. It had lines close to
          I am a man of British weather
          And walking, walking is my pleasure
I think he might have written it himself - it went on about how he loved walking out whatever the conditions,and was overall a great antidote to the constant snivelling about the bad weather over there. Has anyone else heard it, or know anything about it at all?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: GUEST,Sorcha
Date: 20 May 03 - 09:50 AM

I found the words here,on a piece of art work. Won't copy/paste.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: Snuffy
Date: 20 May 03 - 07:30 PM

I thought Ledbury was in Herefordshire


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: GUEST,Sorch
Date: 20 May 03 - 07:39 PM

I'm a Yank, how should I know?? grin


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Subject: Lyr Add: A MAN OF BRITISH WEATHER
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 20 May 03 - 09:39 PM

Lyr. Add: A MAN OF BRITISH WEATHER

I am a man of british weather
I don't mind the sun or howling wind
For walking walking is my pleasure
From rocky shoreline to strettons mynd

I am a man of British weather
I don't mind the snow or driving rain
For walking walking is my pleasure
And of these islands I am made.

To roam this ancient islands valleys
And wonder at the sights I find
Such sights of beauty will make you tarry
And drive all troubles from your mind.

For here are stories that are so charming
Our heroes buried beneath the hills
There's tales of love and tales of harming
And tales deep rooted in the fields.

From this rich mosaic pattern
That makes this islands history
From all of this now I am fashioned
These islands are a part of me.

Poem by Mark Stevenson.
Seems I have heard this before. Probably will show up in better form and punctuation in a volume of verse in Bartleby or the like.
I took a copy by right-clicking and going to file. Then printed with Adobe. I suppose you could copy-paste from there.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 20 May 03 - 09:43 PM

Should have noted that the art is by Angie Hughes.
Where is strettons mynd?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: Sorcha
Date: 20 May 03 - 11:09 PM

Thanks, Q, for taking the time to re copy them. I just didn't have time today.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: ooh-aah
Date: 21 May 03 - 05:17 AM

Thanks everyone. Snuffy is quite right, Ledbury is in Herefordshire. Anyone know of any recordings of this song, or the tune it can be sung to?


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: greg stephens
Date: 21 May 03 - 05:27 AM

Stretton's Mynd refers to the Long Mynd, the range of hills by Church Stretton in Shropshire. A very beautiful magic place.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 21 May 03 - 11:41 PM

G'day ooh-aah,

The first four words - and the general form - could suggest I am a Man of Constant Sorrow ... but Mark Stevenson seems much more sanguine about British weather than that! It almost describes the weather in which you could walk (and sing) - within an hour or so of Hobart.

When I was last in Tasmania, I noticed some history on the National Park - a hiking / walking / mountain sports favourite from the latter part of the 19th century - and I was intrigued by 1920s photographs of a moonlight ball (to the music of wind-up gramophones) on the frozen surface of one of its lakes!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: ooh-aah
Date: 22 May 03 - 01:49 AM

Hi Bob,
      I think the occasion you refer to could have been on one of the tarns up at Mt Field National Park - I was up there once for the Tas University Bushwalking Club's annual bash, and we had a fine snowball fight on one of them - the ice was at least 12cm thick! As you say, this could be a great song to sing in defiance of all those wimpy mainlanders who carry on if it drops below 10 degrees - 'I am a man of Tassie weather...'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 22 May 03 - 08:46 AM

G'day ooh-aah,

It was indeed Mt Field ... I had slipped into local parlance and just called it "National Park" (the railway station name ... when it had a railway station ... when it had a passenger railway!) I can't remember the lake's name - but it was definitely more than a tarn - I think it was the one now dammed for water supply.

I'm afraid most of my fellow New Southers believe God a deal that they could always bushwalk in shorts! I worked on the Hydro schemes down there (in the '60s) so I have a more realistic view of the weather!

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: Green Man
Date: 22 May 03 - 08:55 AM

I used to run a folk club in Herefordshire at the Majors Arms and we had the pleasure of hearing Mark sing that song, at least the guy who sang it was named Mark. He was you're original 'walking man'. Carried a small backpack and a Bodhran (which he could play) I later saw him again in Malvern but that was a few years ago. I wonder if he was the writer or maybe it's an x-file.

:-)


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: GUEST,Q
Date: 22 May 03 - 12:11 PM

Thanks, Greg. My atlas has three Stretton localities: Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Cheshire. No mention of Shropshire, but I'll take your word for it.

The poem strikes home to all walkers- would like to hear it sung.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: BigAl_LBL
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 07:28 PM

Can now be found at http://www.myspace.com/manofbritishweather


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: Effsee
Date: 16 Jan 10 - 11:02 PM

Reminds me of the Billy Connolly saying..."There is no such thing as bad weather... just inappropriate clothing"!


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: Leadfingers
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 06:25 AM

Good One Frank - Inappropriate clothing keeps the Mountain Rescue boys busy !


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: Leadfingers
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 06:50 AM

ark Stevenson can be heard here on MySpace


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: a man of british weather
From: Leadfingers
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 06:59 AM

Ooops ! Should Proof Read before posting ! Mark Stevenson


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Man of British Weather (Mark Stevenson)
From: GUEST,Aunt Sally
Date: 10 Feb 11 - 11:46 AM

The Mark described above is indeed Mark Stevenson, walker, bodhrán player, whistle player, singer, songwriter, poet and my cousin. He's got a wealth of amazing stuff in his back catalogue with his friends/ group The Tree Frogs who still play in and around Ledbury in Herefordshire. Give him a listen on MySpace or if you're within travelling distance go and soak up the atmosphere at his gigs.
http://www.treefrogsmusic.co.uk/ I'm biased, it's true but I'd still like him if he wasn't a relative.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Man of British Weather (Mark Stevenson)
From: GUEST,Bad memory
Date: 22 Mar 13 - 06:59 PM

I did have a recording of that song. I believe it was recorded by a Malvern based folk band called The white leaved oak. Some of the members of that band I think we're in the incredibly shrunken swamp dogs of zen , and possible the sons of Spock too.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Man of British Weather (Mark Stevenson)
From: GUEST
Date: 26 Feb 17 - 04:55 PM

He's my bro. And great.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Man of British Weather (Mark Stevenson)
From: Mr Red
Date: 26 Feb 17 - 05:23 PM

You may see Mark at Upton Festival playing in one of the sessions, maybe in the Plough or just outside of it.
I believe he is living on a boat in the Marina there. Was last year anyway.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Man of British Weather (Mark Stevenson)
From: GUEST,Pete Kiddle
Date: 27 Feb 17 - 04:04 AM

There's a lovely version by Bob and Gill Berry - Devizes Folk Club and Chippenham Festival organisers. They have recorded it.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: A Man of British Weather (Mark Stevenson)
From: GUEST,Pencil of Death
Date: 27 Feb 17 - 05:26 PM

Here you go... he recorded a version a few years back with Hereford's second best band, Heed the Thunder.

Man of British Weather


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