All Hail A Brighter Day


Jon admits, “This is arguably a bit of a cheat as it’s essentially Derry Gaol, but I’m quite fond of the chorus, and it works well in a session. I wrote the chorus for a production of The Juniper Tree a few years back, and we’ve performed this a few times with the Remnant Kings.”

Fair enough I say, after all we’ve had a few bonuses down the line and I’ll also agree that the chorus adds nicely to this. I’m also grateful as having fallen somewhat behind,  I can simply refer you back here and vow to get myself ahead tomorrow. There are some extras to look courtesy of EFDSS and I’ll also note our anticipation of the Bellowhead album.



34 Responses to “All Hail A Brighter Day”

  1. Jane Ramsden says:

    I’m not complaining about the ‘cheat’ as I was in the minority who preferred ‘Derry Gaol’ first time round to hedgers and ditchers’ songs! I like this tune and the way you sing those high-rising notes, Jon! Lovely soaring swell in your chorus! Fair tugs at the heart with forlorn hope… except the girl saves her boyfriend on this rare occasion.

  2. Muzza (s.e.England) says:

    This was very ‘listenableto’………but beware the anger of the ‘Grim song’ lovers when they realise the hero was saved!!!!!!
    I fear Jon has put in the high notes to deny a crambazzled* old chap like me access to a performance of my own. * (

  3. Simon says:

    My link fell over. I was maybe a bit hasty exiting the site and its hand’t stuck. Reinstated now with apologies as it’s worth going over the comments on 7th August again.

  4. Muzza (s.e.England) says:

    @Simon….thanks for the link……I note that Jane kept civilised hours in August!

  5. Jane Ramsden says:

    @ Muzza: Crambazzled? Where did you get that one from? You know you only have yourself to blame if you end up looking crambazzled! I should hope so, or you could be letting the cakes and ale folky people down!

    Or should that be cakes an’ dale? It is a Yorkshire term for someone prematurely aged by drink. Have you been driving turkeys to market? (19th C phrase meaning to walk unsteadily after a few drinks!) I think you need some of that turkey rhubarb!

    PS I go to bed at 7 ‘o’ clock of an evening…. hahahaha! No, I am a night owl… which is strange for a bear…

  6. Muzza (s.e.England) says:

    @Jane………….crambazzled..follow the link I gave earlier -and No..not turkeys but here’s me singin’ about drivin’geese!

  7. Maggie says:

    Enjoyed Jon’s song and agree with all the comments about those wonderful high notes. I also really enjoyed Muzza’s song about the goose fair – thanks for that. Two for the price of one – and both free! Great

  8. Jane Ramsden says:

    @ Muzza: Well, your link must have fallen over like Skyman’s the first time ‘cos I could not access owt! Must have been crambazzled from all that Dead Dog Scrumpy! I could still see your pedigree… almost as good as Marsten’s!

    2.52am… I’d have been in bed by now if not for thee! Great stuff! Hahahahaha!

  9. Rachel says:

    This song hasn’t come up on the RSS feed. 🙁 Today’s one (23rd) has….just missing the 22nd. Would be very grateful if it could be put up!

  10. Rachel says:

    Ditto! ^^

    Pretty please…? 🙂

  11. Muzza(N.W.Surrey. UK) says:

    Well I’ll be jiggered……..a year on and I couldn’t understand my comments from last year…..but I checked the link and it still works and refers to an article from 2009 on old English words…. just paste this in .
    I see that Rachel had discovered the smileys at that time……I thought it be witchcraft! 😆

  12. Diana says:

    First of all “back here” brings up “ERROR 404” – Not Found.

    I agree with what Jon said about Derry Gaol but it is still lovely by whichever name it goes.

    @Muzza it twas us that were slow on the uptake with the smileys – still better late than never wot? 😉

  13. Simon says:

    Sorry folks, but as the page has been updated and reposted in 2011, the link was obviously invalid. It has now been updated.

  14. Muzza(N.W.Surrey. UK) says:

    Aha young Admin Simon….still keeping an eye on us eh!
    I looked at the renewed link and delighted to be reunited with Jane’s ailments from yesteryear…..such as “Me: Upper respiratory tract infection. Cat: Lower urinary tract disorder. Me: Lemsips, £2.50. Cat: 2 jabs at vets, £83! Me: Coughing for England (no voice, ergo no singing). Cat: Right as a bobbin! Isn’t private medicine wonderful?”

    OH How I’ve missed them!..Hooray-My Goose fair links still works Ta darrr 😯

  15. Diana says:

    @Simon that was fast work and no mistake. Been meaning to ask you – I am half way through the AFSAD year and wonder will it continue after this May. I do hope so.

  16. Reynard says:

    Just found on YouTube a trailer for Fay’s forthcoming CD with the Hurricane Party (Jon, Sam Sweeney, Andy Cutting and Rob Harbron), Orfeo. Very impressive.

  17. Dian says:

    You are right Reynard – it was very impressive. Fay was so fluent talking about the songs and it was rather pleasant to see her in her own surroundings rather than singing on a stage. 🙂

  18. Diana says:

    😳 cannot even spell my own name now.

  19. Linda says:

    Looking forward to hearing more of Fay’s new CD thanks for the link.

  20. Jan says:

    Just got in from Lady Maisery concert (and singing workshop this afternoon) and I’m absolutely flying – far too hyper to go to bed. Muzza, perhaps I’d better spend some time practicing something to post on YouTube if I’m to meet your challenge. Goodness knows there was plenty of inspiration today!

  21. Muzza(N.W.Surrey. UK) says:

    @Jan…….well….. the Workshop sounds to be just what you needed…hang in there!

    @Reynard….thanks for the link to Fay’s forthcoming CD.
    I just can’t understand why she would choose to include “The wicked Serpent” rather than MY scholistic (her words) tome “Bitten on the B by a nadder on Old Box hill”

  22. Maggie says:

    Enjoyed Jon’s song and also the link to Faye’s forthcoming album, thanks to all

  23. Jan says:

    Muzza, I had another look at your Nottingham Fair link today – a song from my neck of the woods, and often sung by my old mate Len who has given up singing because he’s in his nineties now and can’t get all the notes he used to. We did manage to film him singing some of his songs which I have on DVD, so perhaps one day I will manage to get it on to YouTube!

  24. Diana says:

    Hi Jan, left a message for you on previous song. Don’t give up get onto YouTube again.

  25. Muzza (N.W.Surrey-UK) says:

    Hi Jan.I had another look as well..what an old tosser……I don’t think I’ve sung it since then…must swot up on the words…

  26. Diana says:

    Hello there Muzza, not an apt description of yourself me old dear.

  27. Old Muzza(N.W surrey.UK) says:

    I’m still here …in the background ..watchin’ wot you lot are up to!

  28. Diana says:

    Not a lot with you watchng us!

  29. OldMuzza(NWSurrey UK) says:

    Oh Diana….I wonder if you are watching us now……wonder what the old crew are up to…go and tap them on the shoulder for me and see if they put a comment up on AFSAD

  30. Linda says:

    OK Muzza I’ll bite and put a comment on must admit its not one of my favourite songs an waiting for some more sailor songs….

  31. OldMuzza(NWSurrey UK) says:

    Whoa Diana…Lindy Lou felt your tap on her shoulder…..could you now rustle up a sailor song or two for her.
    Good to see you in good form Lindy Lou.

  32. OldMuzza(NW Surrey UK) says:

    just had a tap on the shoulder from Dainer…ha…happy memories of the banter.

  33. John Bryson says:

    Good to see you on here Muzza – where does the time go?

  34. OldMuzza(NW Surrey UK) says:

    Wey Hey John…good to see that you are still ok.
    Presume you had the shoulder tap from Dainer ….I knew she’d come up trumps!….very tempted to slip in a spelling mistake to see if something happens!

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