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Trail Music: Tracks 2 and 3

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Following on from the Intro and Track 1 that I posted on 20 September, here are the next two tracks on my playlist for the trail.

Done: Frazey Ford

Shortly before I set off on what would be an 11-week hike from Catalonia to Cornwall I was tipped off to this song via a tweet by the people over at Caught by the River. This infectious slice of modern soul moves at a pace that is just right for walking, and I’ve lost count of the times that it helped me regain my step as I began to falter or wilt as the summer days wore on. The video’s great, too!

Helston: Dalla

Since their formation in 1999, Dalla have led the way in promoting, writing and re-interpreting traditional Cornish music. This tune, Helston, is a furry dance and a musical centrepiece of the St Michael’s Day celebrations that are held each year in the Cornish town of Helston, traditionally on 8 May. In this original arrangement, the clarinet leads us off up the road, while double bass, brass and djembe help to keep us in time. Towards the end, we are reminded that the tune is sometimes known as ‘John the Bone’, with Dalla singing the following refrain against the musical background: John the Bone was marching home, when he met with Sally Brewer, He kissed her once, and he kissed her twice, and he kissed her three times over. Furry dances are meant to be danced by couples in line, so thankfully there were no Helstonians around to watch in dismay as a solitary walker, poles in hand, bobbed his way along the back roads of France.

Author: Alan Nance

A Cornishman by birth, I have lived in Catalonia since 1998. Although I trained and have practised as a clinical psychologist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist, I now work solely as a freelance scientific translator and editor, an activity that allows me more time for walking and for my travels in and between Catalonia and Cornwall, and beyond.

4 thoughts on “Trail Music: Tracks 2 and 3

  1. Indeed did Bob along to that redition whilst walking with you in Brittany.

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  2. Thank you Alan! For giving me further insight to your journey and for introducing me to new music. Am listening to another Frazey Ford track ‘September Fields’ as i write ..

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  3. Thank you Len and Brenda. Glad you enjoyed the music, although I suggest you also check out the Caught By The River site, as I’m sure there’s much there that will interest you both

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  4. Enjoyed tracks 4&5 don’t forget the track from the Musical Carousel ” You never walk alone ” Not forgetting the version made famous in the 60’s by Gerry and the Pacemakers which became the Anthem of Liverpool football club

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