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Romany Roots

'Cornish Family songs’


Viv Legg

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Vivienne Legg continues one of the West country’s strongest family singing traditions. Hers is a Romany family who hawked haberdashery around the lanes of north Cornwall. Her aunts, Charlotte and Betsy Renals had a large repertoire of traditional and music hall songs as does her mother Sophie Legg (see VT119CD). In recent years whilst living with Viv, Sophie has encouraged Viv to follow in her brother Vic’s footsteps (see VT129CD) and keep their family singing tradition alive. These recordings show, yet again, what a vibrant tradition that is.


Tracks (click on the title to see the words of each song and read notes about it)

1. Introduction by Sophie Legg (0.31)

2. One Morning in May (1.50)

3. The Prisoner Lad (2.43)

4. Erin's Lovelie Home (2.31)

5. On Yonder Hill (2.52)

6. The Poppies in the Corn (1.27)

7. Quaint Little Cottage (4.07)

8. Rich Merchant's Daughter (3.48)

9. The Prisoner (3.03)

10. Banks of the Clyde (4.03)

11. Sweet William (2.59)

12. Wanderer’s Warning (2.55)

13. The Broomfield Wager (4.33)

14. The Irishman's Shamrock (2.43)

15. Mary Ann Matilda (2.00)

16. Downhearted Soldier (2.41)

17. Young Sailor Cut Down (3.17)

18. Way of the World (4.06)

19. Saucy Sailor (1.38)


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