I have uploaded my, recently learnt, English folk song for you to listen to. It’s called O Waly, Waly an arrangement by Benjamin Britten.
I love folk songs and have to select two folk songs to perfect in my next academic year. Some of my favourites are:
1. The Three Ravens
2. Sweet Nightingale
3. The Trees they Grow So High
4. Skye Boat Song
5. She moved through the fair (although I was told off at my last festival as it’s “really a man’s folk song”).
Do you have any favourite folk songs that you can suggest I look up?
I have also loaded Amor Commanda from Handel’s ‘Floridante’, at this point in the Opera Timante (my character) and Floridante have successfully escaped captivity and Timante sings this song to confirm his love to his beloved Rosanne.
My final recording is Do Not Go My Love by Richard Hageman. My interpretation of the poem is that the narrator is too frightened to fall asleep in case her lover leaves during her slumber.
To play them just select the song title using the media player on the right hand sidebar ( if you are using a smart phone the player will be under the post ).