A Folk Song A Day

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A Folk Song A Day
Album Cover - Folk Song A Day.jpg
Jon Boden in one of the logos
Presentation
Genre Folk Music
Language English
Updates Daily
Publication
Debut 24 June 2010
Website www.afolksongaday.com

A Folk Song a Day is a project by the English folk singer and musician and Bellowhead member[1] Jon Boden where he recorded and released a folk song each day for one year.[2] The project 'ended' on 24 June 2011, the podcast continues to release the same song it did on that same day in 2010.

About[edit]

The project started on 24 June 2010.[3] The project has resulted in 12 digital albums (one for each month).[4] Boden hopes that it will promote social singing and be a resource for those looking for inspiration.[5]

The songs can be bought in the form of digital download from Amazon or from iTunes.[6] The project reached number one in the iTunes music podcast in its first week.[7]

The Songs[edit]

A Folk Song A Day 1: July 2010
  • Tyne Of Harrow 05:18
  • The Hunt Is Up 03:06
  • I Wish That The Wars Were All Over 02:45
  • Blackwaterside 02:03
  • Barbara Allen 05:18
  • Cruel Mother 05:49
  • Chickens In The Garden 02:20
  • Across The Line 02:54
  • Pretty Cock / As I Stood Under My Love's Window 02:27
  • Banks Of Green Willow 04:24
  • Danny Dever 04:41
  • Mercedes Benz 01:56
  • Rambling Sailor 02:42
  • Yellow Roses 03:20
  • Big Steamers 02:24
  • Lucy Wan 03:30
  • Come Write Me Down 02:52
  • The Bloody Gardener 03:42
  • Go And Leave Me 03:26
  • Rain It Rains 03:26
  • Stonecutter Boy 01:49
  • Sally Free And Easy 03:19
  • Young Edward In The Lowlands 03:54
  • Old Tom Moor 05:00
  • Tha' Lowks A Proper Swell 05:18
  • Banks Of Red Roses 02:20
  • A Blacksmith Courted Me 03:22
  • Maid Of Australia 04:27
  • Child Morris 07:04
  • The Old Songs 04:23
  • Tom Padget 03:49
A Folk Song A Day 2: August 2010
  • (Now) Westlin Winds 03:43
  • Two Young Brethren 02:09
  • The Land 06:14
  • Greenland Whale Fishery 03:22
  • Brown Adam 04:24
  • Shepherd of the Downs 04:09
  • Derry Gaol 03:04
  • Frankie's Trade 04:26
  • Ca the Ewes 02:51
  • Two Pretty Boys 02:26
  • Cruel Knife 02:42
  • Nostradamus 05:32
  • Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy 03:28
  • Bold Sir Rylas 03:07
  • Dream of Napoleon 03:34
  • Live Not Where I Love 03:45
  • Polly Vaughan 02:35
  • Saucy Sailor 02:53
  • Abroad for Pleasure 01:43
  • Oggy Man 02:21
  • Golden Glove 03:51
  • Country Life 01:45
  • Rolling Down to Old Maui 03:41
  • Jordan Is a Hard Road 02:59
  • Leave Her Johnny 02:40
  • Doleful Dance of Death 02:58
  • Randal 03:38
  • Bonny House of Airlie 03:20
  • Yorkshire Couple 02:26
  • William Taylor 03:09
  • Yarmouth Town 02:32
A Folk Song A Day 3: September 2010
  • The Prentice Boy 02:49
  • Light Dragoon 02:57
  • London Waterman 02:14
  • Noah's Ark Shanty 02:11
  • King of Rome 02:56
  • On a Monday Morning 02:29
  • Fakenham Fair 03:30
  • Rambling Robin 01:45
  • In the Shade of the Old Harris Mill 02:34
  • Sleep On Beloved 03:08
  • Hey John Barleycorn 03:05
  • Fathom the Bowl 03:07
  • Water Is Wide 02:47
  • The Rigs of the Time 02:53
  • On Board 98 04:20
  • Oats and Beans and Barley Grows 00:49
  • The Irish Ballad (Rickety Tickety Tin) 02:20
  • The Bush Girl 04:10
  • The Lord Will Provide 02:19
  • NaCl 01:56
  • Down Where the Drunkards Roll 03:25
  • The Trees They Do Grow High 02:25
  • Blood Red Roses 02:13
  • A-Begging I Will Go 02:51
  • 10,000 Miles Away 02:13
  • Sparrow 01:42
  • Three Ravens 03:04
  • Waltzing Matilda 03:21
  • Brisk Young Widow 01:57
  • All of a Row 02:14
  • Barbaree (Bonus Song) 03:32
A Folk Song A Day 4: October 2010
  • Prickle-Eye Bush 03:06
  • The Huntsman 05:10
  • Deep Blue Sea 03:38
  • New York Girls 03:12
  • Jersey Girl 04:07
  • The Poor Man's Labours 01:46
  • Bay of Biscay 02:46
  • Gallant Hussar 03:18
  • The Constant Lovers 05:17
  • Hunting the Hare 01:12
  • Courting Too Slow 03:51
  • The Dawn of the Day 02:40
  • The Sheepstealer 02:30
  • Marrowbones 02:47
  • Old Joe Clark 01:49
  • Bill Brown 04:19
  • Johnny's Gone to Hilo 03:23
  • Sea Coal 03:49
  • Pretty Nancy of Yarmouth 03:06
  • Close the Coalhouse Door 02:38
  • All for Me Grog 02:24
  • Sante Fe Trail 04:51
  • Jock Stewart 02:07
  • The Death of Queen Jane 03:27
  • Good Old Way 02:52
  • Doffing Mistress 01:30
  • Blackleg Miner 01:55
  • Goodnight Irene 02:31
  • Mad Family 01:35
  • Dig My Grave 01:05
  • Tam Lin 09:59
A Folk Song A Day 5: November 2010
  • Spectre Review 05:10
  • His Name Is Andrew 05:05
  • London Town 02:49
  • Spencer the Rover 03:15
  • Cob a Coalin 01:59
  • South Australia 01:53
  • Love At the Five and Dime 04:46
  • Boston Harbour 02:05
  • Mary Ann 02:48
  • A Chat With Your Mother 04:03
  • If You Want to See the General 03:09
  • Bruton Town 03:36
  • Rose of Tralee 03:04
  • I'll Go With Him Wherever He Goes 02:41
  • See See the Cape's In View 02:39
  • Hard Times 02:52
  • Unfortunate Lass 03:41
  • Cholera Camp 06:09
  • I Once Was a Fisherman 02:37
  • My Johnny Was a Shoemaker 01:29
  • Jacob's Well 03:38
  • Poor Fellows 05:04
  • Warlike Lads of Russia 03:31
  • Fire Marengo 02:44
  • Grey Goose and Gander 03:37
  • The Hand Weaver and the Factory Maid 02:43
  • Sweep Chimney Sweep 02:08
  • Farewell to Old Bedford 01:58
  • Cold Blows the Wind 03:26
  • Brown Girl 03:15
A Folk Song A Day 6: December 2010
  • Babes In The Wood 02:46
  • Hark Hark 01:53
  • Snow Falls 01:52
  • While Shepherds Watched (Pentonville) 03:06
  • While Shepherds Watched (Sweet Chiming Bells) 02:50
  • Come All You Weary Travellers 02:43
  • Mistletoe Bough 04:08
  • Cells 04:14
  • Boar's Head Carol 01:45
  • A Roving On A Winter's Night 03:07
  • Spout Cottage 02:10
  • Poor Little Jesus 02:36
  • All Hail The Power Of Jesus' Name (Diadem) 02:53
  • The Holly & The Ivy 02:23
  • Remember O Thou Man 03:30
  • Jingle Bells 03:53
  • Mount Moriah 02:14
  • We Wish You A Merry Christmas 01:51
  • Awake Arise Good Christians 02:37
  • While Shepherds Watched (Lyngham) 02:38
  • Stannington 02:12
  • Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer 02:09
  • The First Noel 02:58
  • Shepherds Arise 03:31
  • On Christmas Day 01:38
  • The King 01:31
  • O Little Town Of Bethlehem 02:21
  • Little Pot Stove 04:47
  • I'd Like To Tell To You 01:45
  • Rocking Me Babies 02:16
  • Cornish Wassail Song 05:05
A Folk Song A Day 7: January 2011
  • January Man 03:19
  • Daddy Fox 02:54
  • Old Brown's Daughter 03:36
  • Peggy Bann 03:44
  • Apple Tree Wassail Song 02:39
  • Pilgrim On the Pennine Way 03:49
  • Captain Ward 03:21
  • Otago 03:39
  • Peggy Gordon 02:59
  • In the Month of January 02:58
  • The Snow It Melts the Soonest 02:25
  • Off to Epsom Races 01:45
  • Ruins By the Shore 02:54
  • Days Gone By 03:00
  • Smugglers Song 03:29
  • Lowlands 03:17
  • Five Hundred Miles 02:20
  • Maria's Gone 02:45
  • Ballina Whalers 05:03
  • The Last Leviathan 02:48
  • The Cuckoo 02:47
  • John Ball 03:46
  • I Drew My Ship 02:24
  • Two Magicians 04:07
  • Some Tyrant Has Stolen My True Love Away 02:15
  • Bungay Roger 02:15
  • My Son John 01:28
  • Banks of the Nile 03:05
  • Anachie Gordon 06:57
  • I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen 03:23
  • Dark As a Dungeon 02:43
A Folk Song A Day 8: February 2011
  • Sheffield Apprentice 04:47
  • Won't You Go My Way 01:19
  • Clyde Water 04:41
  • German Musicianer 03:18
  • Cold Blow and the Rainy Night 02:45
  • When First I Came to Caledonia 03:35
  • King Henry Was King James' Son 01:24
  • Queenie 01:35
  • Simon John 04:30
  • Rolling Down to Rio 01:53
  • Hanging Johnny 01:14
  • Butter and Cheese and All 03:16
  • Don't Go Out Tonight Dear Father 03:36
  • Cupid's Garden 03:23
  • Young Banker 02:31
  • Donkey Riding 01:32
  • I Sowed the Seeds of Love 03:14
  • Over the Hills and Far Away 03:03
  • Bird In the Bush 02:55
  • Shoals of Herring 02:59
  • Grey Funnel Line 03:06
  • A Pilgrims Way 04:21
  • Widow's Curse 05:08
  • Maid and the Palmer 03:18
  • Sir Patrick Spens 04:39
  • Fiddlers Green 04:52
  • Captain Wedderburn 05:26
  • Oor Hamlet 04:21
A Folk Song A Day 9: March 2011
  • Lakes of Pontchartrain 03:33
  • Four Angels 03:32
  • Willie's Lady 05:46
  • Worcester City 02:58
  • Swansea Barracks 04:36
  • Wife of the Soldier 01:36
  • Bold Fisherman 04:11
  • Sweet Mossom 02:28
  • Corduroy 03:03
  • Weavers Daughter 02:22
  • Plains of Mexico 02:05
  • Farewell Sweet Lovely Nancy 01:40
  • Take This Hammer 03:18
  • Dalesman's Litany 03:50
  • Billy Don't You Weep for Me 03:42
  • Springfield Mountain 02:03
  • The Green Fields of America 04:09
  • Jack Orion 04:08
  • Turkey Rhubarb 00:34
  • Horn Fair 01:55
  • Lovely On the Water 03:03
  • Hail a Brighter Day 05:18
  • Adam and Eve 00:39
  • Scarborough Fair 02:35
  • Turtle Dove 02:08
  • Tommy 04:01
  • Ye Mariners All 01:36
  • Whiskey Is the Life of Man 03:33
  • Maid On the Shore 04:15
  • Juniper, Gentle and Rosemary 04:22
  • Lemady 02:31
A Folk Song A Day 10: April 2011
  • On One April Morning 02:56
  • Rose In April 03:58
  • There Once Was a Lover and He Loved a Lass 01:43
  • Brave Wolfe 04:00
  • The Banks of the Tees 02:29
  • Gaol Song 03:04
  • The Roman Centurion's Song 04:01
  • Amsterdam 04:17
  • Palaces of Gold 03:47
  • Lord Bateman 03:08
  • Payday 02:28
  • John Blunt 01:57
  • John Barleycorn 03:35
  • Gentleman Soldier 02:54
  • Copshawholme Fair 04:27
  • Seven Yellow Gypsies 05:23
  • A Week Before Easter 03:19
  • Sister Josephine 03:51
  • Bellman 03:44
  • Maid In Bedlam 03:55
  • Dust to Dust 03:46
  • Recruited Collier 02:40
  • I Am a Youth That's Inclined to Ramble 02:57
  • Pace Egging 04:49
  • Sheepshearing 02:04
  • I Know My Love By His Way of Talking 02:39
  • Geordie 03:34
  • New York Mining Disaster 03:19
  • Auld Triangle 04:17
  • Reynardine 04:12
A Folk Song A Day 11: May 2011
  • Hail, Hail the First of May 02:50
  • Hal and Tow 02:45
  • The Outlandish Knight 05:21
  • The Verdant Braes of Skreen 03:00
  • Bonny Bunch of Roses 04:44
  • Broomfield Hill 04:04
  • Death and the Lady 03:12
  • Gathering Rushes 05:22
  • Down the Moor 05:01
  • As I Roved Out 03:41
  • Searching for Lambs 03:56
  • My Husband's Got No Courage In Him 01:54
  • Sweet Nightingale 03:36
  • The Gardener 03:07
  • Oh What a Beautiful Morning 03:16
  • Charming Molly 01:52
  • P Stands for Paddy 03:31
  • Gypsy Rover 04:23
  • Lillibulero 03:17
  • Big Rock Candy Mountain 03:08
  • Roseville Fair 03:25
  • House Carpenter 05:37
  • Farewell to the Gold 03:48
  • Little Sally Racket 02:02
  • Rout of the Blues 02:11
  • Banks of the Ohio 04:14
  • Birds Upon the Trees 02:33
  • Banks of Fordie 06:54
  • Icarus 05:29
  • Little Musgrave 10:15
  • Claudy Banks 03:49
A Folk Song A Day 12: June 2011
  • Just As The Tide Was Flowing 04:13
  • Beggar Laddie 04:29
  • Garden Hymn 02:29
  • Streams Of Lovely Nancy 02:31
  • Let Union Be In All Our Hearts 03:41
  • After The Ball 00:43
  • Innocent When You Dream 04:04
  • Poverty Knock 04:04
  • Abe Carman 03:33
  • Lock Keeper 03:25
  • Ghost Song 04:03
  • Exile Song 01:07
  • Wild Mountain Thyme 03:25
  • Rag Fair 01:58
  • Rose Of Allandale 04:04
  • Farmer's Boy 03:55
  • Grand Conversation On Napoleon 04:44
  • Plains Of Waterloo 03:29
  • Roll Alabama 03:52
  • Bold Archer 02:55
  • Road Through The Woods 02:20
  • Banks Of Sweet Primroses 03:05
  • Fortune Turns The Wheel 04:12
  • The Larks They Sang Melodious 04:16
  • Farners Toast 03:58
  • Young Roger Esquire 01:53
  • One Night As I Lay 02:16
  • Earl Richard 04:01
  • White Cockade 03:15
  • Rose In June 07:14

In popular culture[edit]

Jon Boden's A Folk Song A Day has inspired other spinoffs, most notably the Australian Folk Song A Day project featuring 367 folk renditions on a daily basis between 26 January 2011 and 26 January 2012 by John Thompson.[8]

Other similar projects include Fifty-Two Folk Songs [9] and a A Liverpool Folk Song a Week [10]

References[edit]

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