Fortune Turns The Wheel


Jon says “So here we are. Song 365. It’s possibly not the most appropriate farewell song given the sting in the tale. Over the years there were a fair few regulars who got themselves barred from the Half Moon – I always think of them when I sing this! But it is goodbye from me. It’s been a real pleasure singing to you all this last year. I’d like to thank a few people who have been doing the really hard work – Andy Bell who has done the bulk of the recording and mixing, Ben Bowdler at Proper who has done all the technical web stuff, including manually uploading each individual podcast. A particular thanks to Simon Holland who has been your host on this site – writing introductions to all the songs and keeping an eye on all your comments. It’s been great for me to read Simon’s intros every day and then read all the various ensuing postings. I’d like to thank Steve Kersley at Proper who encouraged me to make what was a fairly mad idea, into a reality. I’d like to thank EFDSS for all their support and encouragement. Lastly but most importantly I’d like to thank you all for listening and commenting on the site. I’m hoping that A Folk Song A Day may continue in some form so I look forward to joining in the conversation with someone else doing the singing! See you around. All the best, Jon.”

I’ll add my thanks to Jon for an inspiring and extraordinary journey into the world of folk song. This is a massive achievement that I feel privileged and proud to have been a part of. I’ve certainly learnt a lot, but there’s so much more to discover. Thanks to everyone for your contributions, opinions, comments and for putting me right where needed. For once I genuinely feel at a loss for words, although this bittersweet song seems a perfect end. I must just give you a final link to Mainly Norfolk and offer special thanks to Reinhard in particular, for his outstanding resource that has more often than not been my first call in researching these songs. I’ll see some of you at Cecil Sharp House and promise to enjoy the evening on behalf of those that can’t make it. Thank you all, Simon.


YouTube – When Fortune Turns The Wheel


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192 Responses to “Fortune Turns The Wheel”

  1. Linda says:

    If any one is still about can you help me. Can you tell me the name of a song by I think Lou Killen about a ship lost at sea with all hands, a bit of an epic which Jon might have sung or mentioned in the past three years I think the title includes the word Rose but am not sure if anybody can help or tell me of a CD I might find it on. Thank you

  2. Jane Ramsden says:

    Hello Linda!

    The song you are referring to is the timber-shiverer called ‘Rose In June’ that Jon indeed has covered on here and was one of my favourites. Look in the archives for June 30, 2012 which contains all the comments from previous years (but ignore the last about meeting older women in Chicago! Lol!)

  3. Jane Ramsden says:

    Still available to buy as an MP3 download off Amazon for the fabulously low price of 89p!

  4. Jane Ramsden says:

    Just noticed there is a link to ‘Rose In June’ in the Top 5 Posts list to the left! Doh!

  5. Linda says:

    Thank you Jane, I have the full set of Jon,s 365 it is the Lou Killen version I am looking for but I appreciate the reply. Cheers

  6. Jane Ramsden says:

    Sorry I misunderstood, Linda, as your comment wasn’t explicit about wanting Lou Killen himself. However, you may be able to get him singing it from here under Artists, Louis Killen!

  7. Jane Ramsden says:

    Yup, re-mastered Rose In June CD for 12 squid, or scroll down for cassette tape at only £7!

  8. Linda says:

    Thanks Jane tried the site you suggested and found a CD that I had been trying to get for quite a while for Colin . Quite an interesting site.

  9. Jane Ramsden says:

    Glad to be of service, Linda. A lucky find. Sometimes I think if I were in Colditz, I’d be the one who got stuff for people. Think he was called The Fixer! Lol.

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

    fORTUNE MIGHT TURN THE WHEEL…..but the old wheel has come to a grinding halt…BUT IT HAS DONE STIRLING WORK UP TO THIS POINT….why do I keep clicking on to AFSAD daily ?

  11. Linda says:

    Same reason as the rest of us to see if anyone is still about. Nice to know your still there muzza. Think Diana was going to try and put us in touch via email if poss. If that’s ok with you?

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

    @Linda…..connect via Jane……the fount of all knowledge and keeper of secrets.

  13. Diana says:

    Linda and Muzza will try and sort something out.

  14. Jane Ramsden says:

    @ All concerned! Linda, I have messaged Diana on FB that, if you don’t mind her forwarding your email address to me, I will see Muzza gets it. I think we keep clicking on here because it has all been so lovely!

  15. Linda says:

    @ Cheers Jane

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

    Simples…………..See fellas…….leave it to the ladies………they’ll sort it all out.

  17. Brad says:

    Yes, still clicking on!

    Thanks to Jon and all concerned. This has done wonders for my repertoire and has introduced me to other sites and sources. The effect will live long beyond the site.

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

    Hey people /Brad/folknan… on the link to enter an annual competition for unaccompanied singing..closing date 31Oct 2013….you owe it to Jon and Simon to have a go

  19. Brad says:

    Thanks for the pointer Muzza. I don’t think I am up to that standard but I might be tempted…….

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

    Just had an exchange with Linda and that prompted me to check AFSAD……still hangin’ in there I’m glad to say

  21. Jane Ramsden says:

    Hello Muzzy Muzzanda! I do have sneak-peak on here every so often too! Not much time to listen, but doing lots of live gigs and cat-fettling, tho one just gone AWOL after having his tail amputated and I’m worried what’s happened to him. I will get round to an exchange with you soon. Miss the highs of our heydays! Lol.

  22. Linda says:

    Hi all, Come on Diana where are you?

  23. Diana says:

    Did not realise the site was still up but so late now I
    do not expect anyone will see this.

  24. Linda says:

    Want to bet ?

  25. Jane Ramsden says:


  26. Diana says:

    Well cannot say the gang’s all here because they are not. Nice tp see you Linda and Jane. AFSAD may be gone but certainly not forgotten.

  27. Jane Ramsden says:

    Happy 60th to me in the last few minutes of my big birthday!

  28. Jane Ramsden says:

    PS But the AFSAD clock and calendar are now up the spout! Should be 1 minute to midnight on 10th Nov. Lol.

  29. Diana says:

    A belated Birthday wish to you Jane. Many happy returns.

  30. Linda says:

    And from me.

  31. Diana says:

    Hope she picks up on this sometime Linda.

  32. Jane Ramsden says:

    Thanks! I have! Lol. xx

    PS Got my first 60 concession today – £1 off my ticket for Steeleye Span at St George’s Bradford on 26 Nov! Peter Knight is leaving after about 40 years so gotta be (joyfully) done!

  33. Diana says:

    I knew my message would prompt you to pick up on here. Saving money already. How about bus fares etc. Are they cheaper shoud you require a bus ride?

  34. Old Muzza says:

    Wow me Dearios……..have just discovered this website and settling back to listen to the 365 songs listed…………..Ps…I actually entered the Islington folk club TRAD 2 Mad..unaccompanid singing thingy(think I’m disqualified as I don’t appear in the video)37 entrants..results to be announced tonight 19th)

  35. Old Muzza says:

    Just look at that 60 year old in the BIG red hat…what is she like -eh!

  36. old Muzza says:

    Oh Drat….I’m still as daft as a brush…
    the Trad2Mad results are announced 19th DECEMBER not November..Doh(see Link)

  37. Diana says:

    Saw your video Muzza, I am sure it is you in the right hand bed.

  38. Old Daft Muzza says:

    Hi Diana…………Nah…..he’s got too much hair!
    ..I think Louise Jordan will be the winner.

  39. Old Daft Muzza says:

    Cor Blimey Boys and gals………looks as though the GREMLINS have had a field day

  40. Diana says:

    Thought something peculiar had happened yesterday so did not write anything. Nice to see you Muzza.

  41. O D Muzza says:

    Hi Diana….we must stop meeting like this!

  42. Diana says:

    Just think of all those folk who will be talking about us Muzza. How are you? I know Linda has kept in touch with you and we exchange emails from time to time.

  43. Linda says:

    Oh Diana you’ve let our secret out. Have you both got the Bellowhead Christmas songs yet. If not why not!!!!!

  44. Diana says:

    No I haven’t as yet cos I must have missed something. Are they on general release Linda>

  45. Linda says:

    Amazon MP3

  46. Diana says:

    Thanks Linda.

  47. old Muzza says:

    Hi Diana…….buzzin’ me deario…buzzin’……going for daily walks to try and get fit and to prepare for the mince pies. Retired from morris on 19Oct but they have asked me to play on Boxing Day…..what are they like!!!
    Well………I didn’t even make the short list for the IslingtonFolk club trad2mad2013….I’ll have another go for 2014. Hope you keeping well…took me 10 days to check AFSAD site!!

  48. old Muzza says:

    Forgot to say…Hi Linda!

  49. Old Muzza says:

    Straaaaaange……………I sent greetings to Diana and Linda last night………….and they have disappeared…..the comments not L&D……I am Mr.Nomates yet again…moderated!

  50. Old Muzza says:

    I am going potty…….just clicked submit for the last straaaange message….and lo and behold…previous comments arrived

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