Monthly Archives: September 2014

Housman – jazzing it up

[Previously published on Shropshire Blues] When I was putting together an article about Betjeman’s not-very-Housman piece ‘A Shropshire Lad’ and the setting by Jim Parker, I came in passing upon a reference to an album by Jacqui Dankworth and New … Continue reading

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Another Shropshire Lad

[Previously published on Shropshire Blues] Being in the mood to avoid work – there’s nothing like an imminent deadline to generate distraction activities – I just found among my cassettes ‘Banana Blush’, an album of readings by John Betjeman recorded … Continue reading

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A Recent Summertime on Bredon

[Previously published on Shropshire Blues] It’s quite likely that Housman hadn’t visited Shropshire when he wrote most – if not all – of the poems that make up ‘A Shropshire Lad’ but then, when I set Bredon Hill (A Shropshire … Continue reading

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An afternoon on the Clun

[Another piece originally published on Shropshire Blues.] In ‘In Valleys of Springs and Rivers’, Housman (quoting a local rhyme) tells us that “Clunton and Clunbury, Clungunford and Clun, Are the quietest places Under the sun.”

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Housman in the Salley Gardens

[This article originally appeared on Shropshire Blues. I have my own permission to reproduce it here. :)] After I wrote my earlier review of the CD ‘A Shropshire Lad’ (by Michael Raven and Joan Mills), in which I specifically mentioned that Michael had … Continue reading

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A Shropshire Lad XVIII and XIII [demo]

I wrote the tune for A Shropshire Lad XVIII (Oh when I was in love with you) back in the 80s (and always sang it unaccompanied). Much more recently, I noticed that the same tune fits just as well for XIII … Continue reading

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A Shropshire Lad VIII (Farewell to Severn Shore) demo

A Shropshire Lad VIII (which I call Farewell to Severn Shore for want of a catchier title).  My setting of a poem by A.E. Housman from ‘A Shropshire Lad’. All rights reserved. Video: Mastered audio capture of the performance: Backup:   Homestudio … Continue reading

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A Shropshire Lad XXI [demo]

A Shropshire Lad XXI (Bredon Hill) Words by A.E. Housman, set to a tune by David Harley. All rights reserved.  Probably the first of my settings of Housman’s verse, from the 1970s, though the recording is much more recent. This is … Continue reading

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A Shropshire Lad XLVII (The Carpenter’s Son) – demo

Words by A.E. Housman, set to a tune by David Harley. All rights reserved.  NB later/better recordings can be found here. Demo version of my setting of Housman’s poem (A Shropshire Lad XLVII) with sketches for a guitar part. I’m much … Continue reading

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Introduction

[I’ve added some material to this article in the light of some further research on Housman’s life for an article elsewhere. Mostly it relates to the widely-held belief that Housman hadn’t visited Shropshire at the time of the publication of … Continue reading

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