This is a series of posts about the #TradSongTues project, run by various people at the University of Sheffield. Every week I've been recording a song for the theme, sharing it and talking about it. Come and play on Twitter!
Given the week we're in, perhaps something current #PoliticalSongs for the next #TradSongTues. Big P, little p, old or new - the choice is yours.— #TradSongTues (@TradSongTues) October 18, 2018
Cartoon stolen from The Times. pic.twitter.com/DQhhXgVTiT
Another poll for this week, because it turns out I have loads of political songs:
Unlikely to do my #TradSongTues song today because I'm working late. However, I've also got a few options so on the off chance I get to leave early I'll do a poll for which #PoliticalSongs I should do.— Patrick Rose (@DrugCrazed) October 23, 2018
Again, titles are hidden for extra suspense.
Meadows at Fred was the winner, which was Fields of Athenry.
This song was written by Pete St John. I didn't realise how political a song it was until a few years ago when I learned more about the Irish Potato famine and how Trevelyan's corn is a reference to Charles Edward Trevelyan who said "the judgement of God sent the calamity to teach the Irish a lesson". Of course I originally wrote "I lost my love" as a potato famine song, but I didn't do enough research to connect the dots apparently.
I first learned this through the celtic punk band Dropkick Murphys, which was my initial introduction into punk. I've known this song since ~2006 long before I became a folkie. I even sang this at High School. I did a piano arrangement that mirrored the Dropkick Murphys' punk version.
The songs in the poll were:
- Matthew's song
- The Digger's song - Matthew is my nephew who loves diggers
- One that I wrote called Colours about how I felt paralysed at the 2015 election
- Not intersect of children
- Union Miners. It's a funny programmer's joke. Honest
There's currently no recording of Colours, but if you want the words they're available here