Sing Resources

Here you will find resources to help you in your own singing journey, some thing I’ve done and other ‘sing’ related activities!

Resources

I am often asked how I got into folk music and how I learn the songs. Well, neither of my parents were “folkies”, though I did grow up around music and constantly heard my Dad playing the piano.  As I fell asleep and as I awoke I just heard the piano most of the time.  I used to play underneath it and get in to trouble sometimes! (it was a huge grand piano and very old)  The sounds must have gone in somewhere and made an impression even though I do not play well myself.  My sister, Alisa, got all the talent for instruments

I bought a cassette tape (remember those things…?) from a very beautiful, if now defunct, shop called “Past Times”. I used to spend any spare money I had there buying “old stuff” and I would dream of living in a time gone by.  The tape was an album of English Folk songs and this is one of the songs from the album

I LOVED this kind of thing

I had found a lot of classically sung folk songs but this was more “raw”.  Anyway I was then on the path of finding more music

Seeing as though my favourite pastime of all as a teenager was wandering about the fields looking at the trees and nature, I found nothing more joyous than singing these to myself as I went (in fact that is how I have learnt most of my songs).

This one, from the same album, was a favourite and still is.

I recorded my own version of it years later in the exact same field where I spent my teenage days wandering about.

This was also the VERY first song that I ever sang in public. It was at Ilkeston folk club and I was in my early 20’s.  So you see, you don’t have to start young.  I never really sang much as a kid nor had any lessons (maybe I was unteachable – i recall refusing to learn the piano from my dad) but the key is to LISTEN and be surrounded by music.  So I can thank my parents for that

On that note, one of my fondest memories as a child was watching the Sound of Music with my mum.  I SO wanted to be Julie Andrews, have 7 kids, live in a big house and sing all day

This song about sums up why I sing.

You-tube is a great resource for learning songs but if you want to learn in real life, get yourself down to a local folk club or sing-around.  There is bound to be one near to you in a pub or similar.  And usually folkies are really helpful and kind when it comes to pointing you in the right direction for songs (you can also look them up on youtube later when you get home)

My favourite website is this amazing one with everything you need to know.  An absolute wealth of knowledge.

Another project I’ve worked on, I’m on 15 minutes in!

The Eat Bake Sing Youtube Channel

The Russell Sisters Youtube Channel

My sister, Alisa-Marie’s website – she is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer!

Bushes and Briars

folk songs collected by ralph vaughan williams

Folk Song in England

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