Bowood 2016 #16: Woodland Walks (Saturday 4 June)
Although I had been to Bowood the previous day, by mid-afternoon I had a yen for coffee that could not be answered by my own filter brew, and so I drove over to the vintage trailer parked at Bowood's Woodland Walks to buy a cappuccino, and sat at a table there going through some paperwork I had brought with me.
There was an ominous moisture in the air but it held off for my post-caffeine stroll among the rhododendrons and the serenity of the pathways. It was quieter than at my home, where the annual Calne Fest from the Rec at the other side of town was audible throughout the day and evening.
5.6.2016 (1907 hr)
Blip #1855 (#2105 including archived blips)
Consecutive Blip #003
LOTD #1089 (#1213 including archived blips)
Taken with Pentax KS-1 and Pentax smc P-DA 12-24mm F4.0 ED/AL (IF) lens
Bowood 2016 series
Bowood 2013-2016 (Flickr collection)(Work in progress)
A Visit To Bowood Woodland Walks, 4 June 2016 (Flickr album)
Lozarhythm Of The Day:
Fairport Convention - A Sailor's Life (1969)
Sandy Denny (vocal), Richard Thompson (electric & acoustic guitars), Ashley Hutchings (bass guitar), Simon Nicol (electric & acoustic guitars, electric dulcimer), Martin Lamble (drums) with Dave Swarbrick (fiddle)
R.I.P. Dave Swarbrick (5 April 1941, New Malden - 3 June 2016, Mid-Wales)
This track presaged the whole electric English folk rock movement. It's a traditional ballad first published in the 18th Century that Sandy Denny had brought with her to the group, adapted from Martin Carthy's recording from his 1966 Second Album. Dave Swarbrick, who played fiddle on Martin Carthy's version, also guests on the Fairport's rendition and subsequently joined the band.
"Fairport Convention's version of this poignant traditional song marks a pivotal point in the development of folk-rock, representing as it does a brilliant fusion of a traditional form with all the dynamic, exploratory approach of modern rock playing. The song had been a part of Sandy Denny's repertoire when she joined Fairport. As a traditional song it had been known in many forms.
"A Sailor's Life starts as a plaintive lament on the fickleness of sailors and the agonised waiting endured by their sweethearts until their return. The terrible irony of her rather bitter condemnation of the sailor's life as 'merry' is brought home by the subsequent tragedy. The singer extols her beloved's virtues before she sets off to find him. She hails a passing ship and is told that he is feared drowned. Beside herself with grief and despair, she runs her boat against a rock. This could be seen as a metaphor for another tragedy as she takes her own life.
"The song then echoes the stormy course of the bereaved woman's grief, as it takes off into a passage of terrific ensemble playing, all instruments interweaving, building to an overwhelming intensity, before settling to a sombre resolution. There are echoes of everything from dirges to hornpipes in an extraordinary composition.
"The Unhalfbricking album, from which A Sailor's Life comes, foreshadowed the more overtly folk-rock album Liege & Lief, often considered a classic of its kind. The title Unhalfbricking was taken from a word Sandy Denny came up with in the word game Ghost. The track A Sailor's Life was done in one take." - MrSpudTuber
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Blipmeet (Leamington Spa)
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