January Man


Happy New Year everyone. I’ll hopefully still be at The Queen Elizabeth Hall as some of you are reading this and will report back from the Bellowhead gig at some point. I also hope some of you will be there too. Anyway, this is a fine start to the year from the pen of the somewhat enigmatic Dave Goulder and Jon says, “I learnt this song from a Martin Carthy tape many years ago. Since then I have attempted to sing it every New Years Eve after midnight, regardless of whether anyone wants to listen or not (generally not). A fabulous song, none the less.” I can’t help but agree and note that I’ve read somewhere that this was always meant to be sung unaccompanied. It works a treat like this, but having said that I could also suggest seeking out Karine Polwart and Lau’s version as that spiked my remembrance of this song a couple of months ago. You can link to Dave Goulder’s website here. He seems a fascinating character having worked the fields with his father, the steam trains, become a mountaineer and run a hostel in the Scottish Highland’s before becoming a master dry stone wall builder. Mainly Norfolk as you’d expect has the Martin Carthy angle covered. A cracking start to the year.
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52 Responses to “January Man”

  1. OldMuzza(NWSurreyUK) says:

    Managed to struggle along to The Cricketer’s at Hartley Wintney Hampshire to watch the Yateley morris men. Ooooooer we were soooo lucky with the weather…rain held off.
    No gorilla suit this year….oh…don’t mention the crazy owl hat / the monkey or the little pink thingy that warmed up the crowd as it sang “if you’re happy and you know it clap your hands”
    Happy days!

  2. Old Muzza(NW Surrey UK) says:

    Hi there all AFSAD ers!
    Here’s to health and happiness for you and yours for the coming year.
    The January man song sums our year up doesn’t it!
    Whatever you have to face….try and hang in there.
    It’s like a new page in the diary when you read the past comments.

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