Here we are again with Jim Adams’ Song Lyric Sunday where he gives us the chance to share familiar, and sometimes not so familiar, songs. This week he’s asked us to share North/South/East/West.
If you fancy sharing one of your favourite songs you can find out how to participate, and also listen to all the great entries, here.
Since Jim has given us any direction, I’m heading off on my own and ignoring a few conventions. It’s Sunday, it’s music, but this week there are no song lyrics. Not that this group are purely instrumental, but it just so happens that their most recognised work has no lyrics. It is something that a lot of you will recognise and it is a tune that will have you tapping your feet, if not actually getting up to have a little dance.
The group were a Progressive Rock Band who were known for their symphonic progressive music that was very much jazz orientated. So much so that, after this release, they were often booked to play at clubs, universities, and concert halls where the audience were rather disappointed to find that almost the entire performance produced no danceable music. However, they usually kept this for the last piece and everybody rose to their feet and demanded encore after encore while they danced wildly.
It was released in May 1970 and peaked at #7 in the UK singles charts. It is actually a set of three traditional reels, namely “The Ashplant Reel”, “Drowsy Maggie” and “Jenny’s Chicken”.
Here is the Studio version:
and a live performance at the Cork Folk Festival 2015
Incidentally the fine fiddle player David Arbus was a guest musician on the Who’s track “Baba O’Riley”, playing the violin solo. He was a friend of that band’s drummer Keith Moon, and was also later a member of Fiddler’s Dram.
Go on, have a dance – no-one is watching!