The Eighteenth Day Of June


Jon attributes his source as “Sung by the mighty Wilsons on the fabulous Voices CD from Fellside. I think they had it from Pete Wood. Shame it doesn’t have a chorus as it feels like it should do, or at very least a refrain. Never mind, It’s a great song anyway.”

After yesterday’s epic this marks the anniversary of The Battle Of Waterloo and the final defeat of Bonaparte. You can read Paul Adams notes for the Wilson’s version at Mainly Norfolk and there are a couple of Mudcat links at the foot of the page for you to follow should you wish to explore this one more. Be warned there is another of the myopic maid variations that shares the title, whereas this is more bold celebration. I’m intrigued by the idea of the 19 verses and  although it might be triumphalism pushed beyond its limits, I’d still like to hear Jon have a go at yet another epic, or is that me being selfish.



16 Responses to “The Eighteenth Day Of June”

  1. i have to say that if i was Jon, i’d be fighting the urge to go “Oh, sorry – don’t know any more…”

    Anyways, thanks Jon, Simon and occasional others – it’s been a great year.

  2. nev perry says:

    once again a great rendition, I close my eyes and I am there amidst the smell of gunpowder the deafening sound of canon and gunfire and the mayhem and the overwhelming sadness of seeing friends fall in the heat of battle and even though the battle has been fought and the british have won the day, stirring stuff! in truth no-one having lived through it would have remained unaffected by it,songs like these should be preserved for all time and serve to remind us of the futility of war and to those who have fallen in conflict and wars ever since

  3. jonathan says:

    Same title, different song, – Martin Carthy

    Hope the link works or copy & pasting – tech is not really my thing.

  4. Liza says:

    A million thanks for posting this infraomtion.

  5. Diana says:

    Yet another history lesson – but oh the futility of war. We are still at it – nothing changes I am afraid.

  6. Jane Ramsden says:

    Again, not my sort of song, but no disrespect to the singing, Jon!

    On a lighter note, I went to see Nigel Schofield’s historical/folk revue ‘Follow The Fleece’ for the second time last Saturday. about the rise and fall of the wool trade, especially in my part of the world, Yorkshire. In a nutshell:

    Part 1 – 1066 to 1642

    William conquers, abbeys arise
    Peasants revolt, Queen Bess dies
    Wool becomes wealth, secrets are sold
    Cromwell arrives, half the tale told.

    Part 2 – 1700 to 2008

    Revolution, the power of steam
    Railways, canals, industrialists’ dream
    Cities expand, properties spread.
    Man-made decline, the end of the thread.

    Great cast, who also did ‘1611, The Word In The Beginning,’ the story of the creation of King Jame’s Bible (which I’ve also seen 2x) and PALS, based on the Yorkshire volunteer regiments of the First World War, which I’ve yet to see. At least 2 of the cast mentioned in the programme on Saturday, Maggie Boyle and Mal Jardine, have contributed to this project. You were all brilliant!

    A further showing of ‘Follow the Fleece’ can be seen at Menston Parish Church, 7.30pm, Sat 14th July as per this link:

    Performances of both ‘Follow The Fleece’ and ‘1611’ are being put on in a Bingley church in September, I think, but I can’t find the dates yet. However, if you are in the locality, watch out for these most entertaining and educative folk revues. Some of the songs we have enjoyed on here feature, ‘Dalesman’s Litany’ and ‘John Ball’ spring to mind from Saturday.

  7. Linda says:

    only a few more day to the launch of the Full English digital archive if we don’t survive for another year maybe this will make an interesting replacement . Another journey of discovery. Away for a holiday in the sun hopeful the gang will still be here when I get back if not take care everybody and thanks for the fun over the last few years.

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

    Have agood holiday Linda……obviously going for a holiday nr Sidmouth (like what I am next week)…bound to be sunny!….I suspect that we’ll all be lurking when you get back….nearly midsummer day!

  9. Linda says:

    Simon should have posted this yesterday for Muzza….

    Hooray for Simon…………we are still out here listening…….but I don’t seem to be able to post comments anymore (Linda can)……..sod’s law says this will post!’

    It didn’t so I am posting it for Muzza

  10. Linda says:

    Simon…… I meant to say I should have posted this yesterday for Muzza,
    @Muzza you’ll have to post via me or Jane, not a problem. Diana you still there?,
    I see from Jon’s website that it is nearly AFSADs 4th Birthday maybe we will have some new posters if they are new to Jon’s web page and only just finding this superb project, if so say hello ….. Simon can u get rid of some of the “spam” comments?

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

    All this posting…….I feel quite dizzy…No holiday this year….Petticoat government is away in Spain with her sister and off again in August for a cruise with her friend…I don’t like all those foreign parts and am content to recline under the noble oak in a meadow and watch the flock wind oer the lea whilst singing a traditional folk tune or reading a bit of John Betjeman………..bliss……………..oh….. and playing me old melodeon…….. and watching the rain falling.

  12. Old Muzza(N.W.Surrey UK) says:

    Blimey boys and gals……..aint it hot !!…
    lady friend frying again in 40C in Spain (he, he, he ,he)
    Father’s day today…..being dragged out for getogether with rugrats that SAY that I am their father….hope I recognise them!

  13. Old Muzza (NW Surrey-UK) says:

    Blimey….living in Lil Ol England certainly gives you variety….this year it is bucketing down in dear ol Surrey….and chilly with it…and no sign of a weather break in sight!

  14. John Bryson says:

    A year on Muzza, and it’s deja vu time -it’s chucking it down here in Leicestershire!

    On a musical theme, I think this is a great song well sung by Jon

  15. OldMuzza(NWSurrey UK) says:

    Battle of Waterloo ……Horrific isn’t it…unimaginable….and as Kipling points out many times…when the soldier comes home he is neglected (until there is trouble again)
    Very poignant this year as I listened …I got my Waterloo model soldiers out.
    (yes…one of the perks of living alone!)

  16. OldMuzza(NWSurreyUK) says:

    Would you Adam and Eve it!…..I sneaked a preview of today’s song and the horrors of war were amplified as I was watching the trooping of the colour….with foot soldiers, horses and guns….when will mankind live in peace!
    Mind you……what a spectacle the parade was….lucky some bright spark pointed out that khaki was probably a better choice over scarlet tunics when fighting a war!

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