Please enjoy this introduction to our songs, in which we try to tell the people's stories from these enigmatic acres of Eastern England, lowland Cambridgeshire.....Fenland..... We want these songs to be sung by other people, beside ourselves...so please feel free to perform them...with due acknowledgement However, of course, copyright remains with John Rees; so if you want to reproduce them in any printed or recorded form, then please contact me for the usual permission
Bicycle City Light Blues
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17 ORIGINAL* SONGSof CAMBRIDGE CITY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE & FENLAND
Here is a UNIQUE way of seeing this special place!!! History is vibrant here...it's a place of movement and surprise.In these songs, there is Love, Drama, Lust, Hope, Day-Dream and Bravery Beyond All Normal Credibility. If there is one beautiful phrase to explain the nature of this city and county, it is ****LIVE AND LET LIVE!!**** Yes, we even have a pub with that name! It is but one of the many jewels for you to find, be welcomed in, and enjoy!
All these songs come from moments in real lives, or imagined here. All the music is original, bar two tunes which are traditional-arranged...borrowed they may be, but they feel as if they belong here. All the words are original, too, although the basis of ALICE CRUTCHFIELD came from a chance meeting in The 7Wives Pub in St.Ives with Mick MacDonald who sang a version from The Midlands...HOBSON'S VOICE thought ALICE was too beautiful a girl to leave alone, so we kidnapped her..."Oh, My Ducky!"...a phrase from a much-loved Fenland character in our village of Over.
Over has known folk songs for a very long time. Hannah Few (nee Ivett or Hopkins) was born here in 1821. She passed on songs she knew to her daughter, Charlotte. These traditional "Folksongs Collected in Cambridgeshire" (via Vaughan Williams, Cecil Sharp, Lucy Broadwood and Ella Bull) have been compiled in a beautiful book by Cambridgeshire-based folk musician, Mary Humphreys. You should visit www.maryhumphreys.co.uk to find out more...and to acquire this very special part of our heritage.
HOBSON'S VOICE has collaborated with MARY HUMPHREYS and ANAHATA to present and perform 'The TRADITION of CAMBRIDGESHIRE FOLK SONG...THEN AND NOW"
We are keen to collaborate with other folk performers, story tellers...or any one who is wanting to tell of local life past, present or future. If you are someone who would be interested in possible collaboration, please contact
If you are interested in hosting or hearing a performance, please contact for an informal chat...
If you have a story you think should be made into a folk song, please contact John and lets talk about it....
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