Category Archives: A Shropshire Lad

Housmania

(Borrowed from Shropshire Blues.) If you’ve looked through this site, you may have noticed that I’m quite fond of the poetical works of A.E. Housman, whose remains can be found in St. Laurence’s churchyard in Ludlow, not five minutes walk … Continue reading

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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 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 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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‘A Shropshire Lad’ CD: Michael Raven and Joan Mills

[This post consists of material previously published on my Shropshire Blues blog and the Sabrinaflu folk music magazine.] In an article about my own settings of some of Housman’s poems, I mentioned that I hadn’t come across any other folkie settings of his … Continue reading

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