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Using Folk Music to Enhance Inclusive Learning
Using Folk Music to Enhance Inclusive Learning This pack details how Wren Music worked in Pathfield School, a special school for children aged 3 – 19 years with severe, profound and complex needs including autism. The pack describes the...
     
Coal Mining with Folk Arts and Poetry
Coal Mining with Folk Arts and Poetry This pack brings some background information about coal mining together with songs and poems that can be used in primary schools to explore and analyse the issues surrounding coal mining. The pack has been a...
   
Wild and Wicked Youth
Wild and Wicked Youth Robert Hurr’s Wild and Wicked Youth is another example of the popular ‘goodnight ballads’. It mentions ‘Fielding’s Gang’, which was London’s first police force (also known as the Bow Street Runners). Set up in 1749 by...
   
What Will We Do if We Have Got No Money
What Will We Do if We Have Got No Money From the singing of Mary Delaney, still said to be alive today and living in London. Mary is an Irish Traveller, blind and a singer of terrific vigour. Her repertoire includes many old songs learnt from...
   
Up To the Rigs
Up To the Rigs This misogynistic tale of deceit and wanton theft was very popular amongst country singers but not often noted down by Victorian and Edwardian collectors (who probably deemed it far too vulgar). Luckily this version was...
   
Stanley and Dora
Stanley and Dora The skiffle boom of the late 1950s, pioneered by the late Lonnie Donegan, brought the fresh new sound of American Rhythm and Blues to the UK. Instantly London became full of clubs and music nights emulating the style and...
   
Press Gang
Press Gang The army has employed devious ways of recruiting men (and occasionally women) and the press gang phenomenon gripped the public imagination like a grown man’s Bogyman. Songs arose from these reckless gangs gleaning the city taverns...
   
Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner
Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner Gregg Hubert is the forgotten composer of this song. He wrote the classic in 1944 – after watching German doodlebugs flying over his home – and described it as ‘a love song to my city’. Like the best songs,...
   
London Wherryman
London Wherryman A wherry is a light rowboat that is used for racing or for transporting goods and passengers in inland waters and harbours. In 1555 an Act of Parliament set up the Company of Watermen and Lightermen to control the watermen on...
   
London Steamer
London Steamer The London Steamer comes from the songs of Sam Larner, who was born in 1878 in Winterton, Norfolk. Signed up as a ‘Peggy’ or cabin boy at only 12 years old, Sam was involved in herring fishing until his forced retirement in...
   
London Lights
London Lights The London skyline was first illuminated on 28th January 1807 as Pall Mall became the first street in the world to be lit by gas light. By 1823 there were 40,000 street lamps lighting 213 streets in London. In London Lights...
   
London Bridge is Broken Down
London Bridge is Broken Down The mysterious symbolism of this song probably originates from several stories about the destruction of London Bridge. At the same time, it also refers to the symbolic implication of bridging and thus taming a...
   
Lavender
Lavender Bunches of lavender would be bound up by Gypsy hawkers and sold on London’s streets. To advertise their wares, the sellers would sing a lavender cry to draw attention. This exotic melody would vary from hawker to hawker but was...
   
How Many Miles to London Town?
How Many Miles to London Town? This school ground rhyme and game is more often named How many miles to Babylon (or Bethlehem). Its transfer to London suggests the timeless association of the city with other historically significant imperial...
   
Hopping Down In Kent
Hopping Down in Kent Hops are flowers that are picked and added to beer during the brewing process to give it its bitter flavour. It is thought they were brought to England in approximately 1520 and the first hop garden was established near...
   
Basket and Chairs
Basket and Chairs This song was sung as a way of attracting customers to buy the wares on offer. Travelling communities were often traders and came to buy and sell at fairs around London. Economic changes in the 20th Century, as well as...
   
Singing Histories - London: Audio Recordings 2
Singing Histories: London provides an unusual perspective on London life throughout the ages using folk song. The pack contains musical notation, teaching notes, song words, background information and historical details. There are also free...
 
Singing Histories - London: Audio Recordings 1
Singing Histories: London provides an unusual perspective on London life throughout the ages using folk song. The pack contains musical notation, teaching notes, song words, background information and historical details. There are also free...
 
Singing Histories
Singing Histories was a national project led by Sing London to create booklets and resources containing traditional folk songs and history from eight areas across England. The regional packs are available for free download from the...
 
Singing Histories - London
Singing Histories: London provides an unusual perspective on London life throughout the ages using folk song. The pack contains musical notation, teaching notes, song words, background information and historical details. There are also free...
 

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