In case you were wondering why, here is why

Here’s an index page for all the other details. Just click on the song to find out more about who did it and why I choose them and what they did with it.

Burd Ellen – The Highland Widow’s Lament

Alvarius B – Corn Rigs

Andrew Liles – The Landlord’s Daughter

Good Shepherd with Maydo Kay – Gently Johnny

Magpahi – May Pole

The Owl Service & Harriet Bradshaw – The Tinker of Rye

Meg Baird – Willow’s Song

Sophie Cooper – Fire Leap

United Bible Studies – Procession/Chop Chop

Hawthonn – Lullaby

Teleplasmiste – Festival/Mirie It Is

Sharron Kraus – Sing Cuckoo (Summer Is A-Coming In)

David Colohan – Loving Couples/The Ruined Church

Burial Hex – The Masks/Hobby Horse

The Banshees of Bunworth – Searching For Rowan

Michael Begg – Appointment With The Wicker Man

Dean McPhee – Sunset

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David Colohan – Loving Couples/The Ruined Church

Well, now we’re properly into the realm of instrumental themes, though of course “Loving Couples” is just a soft, wordless flute reprise of “Gently Johnny”. The piece known as “The Ruined Church” is taken from the start of Benjamin Britten’s “Corpus Christi Carol” which is an ingenious reappropriation when you think about it.

David Colohan is an Irish singer, songwriter, musician and producer. He’s the most common element of United BIble Studies (though even he is not on every UBS record or live line-up) and has previously worked solo as Agitated Radio Pilot and Raising Holy Sparks before switching to just using his own name.

Since then, he’s firmly established himself as one of the leading synthesizer dreamers of our age, creating endless works of analogue electronic beauty

Does it count as cheating when I’d already got him on here as part of UBS? Not really, cause there’s a very distinctive difference to his solo stuff and I knew he’d be a perfect fit for this. There’s hints of Coil circa “Music To Play In The Dark” and also the feel of something you’d find on a classic library LP. So, yeah, he is on here twice, but the results justify it!

United Bible Studies – Procession/Chop Chop

Although listed as “Procession/Chop Chop” on the score what we have here is firstly the music from the old song “Fause Foodrage”

Since 1968, that tune has been used for the folk song “Willie O Winsbury” , I think it was Sweeneys Men who started it. This has led to some classic recordings from the likes of Pentangle, Anne Briggs, The Owl Service and Meg Baird.

Also included in this piece is the old nursery rhyme “oranges and lemons”.

United Bible Studies are a collective who put out their debut album in 2003 and their line-up is ever changing and evolving.

This time around, UBS was David Colohan (Agitated Radio Pilot, Raising Holy Sparks) who performed at the recent Barbican concert of Wicker Man music, Dom Cooper (The Straw Bear Band, The Owl Service) & Grey Malkin (The Hare & The Moon, Folk Horror Revival, Widow’s Weeds, Embertides) whose poem “Doonie Woods” is read by Linda Hyden at the start of “Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched”

They’ve treated the two assembled tracks very differently. The Procession/Willie part is a ghostly, slowed down version that brings the maximum folk horror vibe. For the “Chop Chop” part they’ve taken a more radical, global approach with a lot of Indian classical influences there and even some riff.