This site has been directly inspired – indeed can be regarded as an hommage to – Jon Boden’s A Folk Song A Day project. You’ll notice that I’ve set myself a less ambitious target: realistically, there’s no way I’m going to be able to record and post a song every day. Also, I’m pretty sure I don’t know 365 songs. At a song a week, I reckon I can keep going for at least 3 years, but I really don’t know how many songs I have in my repertoire. If nothing else, this project will allow me to find out.
Another reason for putting these songs online is that, although I sing plenty of well-known songs, I do have a number of more obscure gems and I feel I ought to put these in the public domain. Besides, even if hardly anyone listens to them, I should have fun recording and blogging about the songs.
And it’s so easy to record music and put it online these days. And cheap. This site uses a WordPress blog, which is free. I’ve used a standard theme, and limited myself to customisation which incurs no extra cost. The MP3 files are hosted at dropbox.com which offers very generous upload limits, all for free.
Most of the songs I post here will be unaccompanied, which Jon and I agree is the “proper” way to perform traditional songs. But some will have concertina accompaniment, and I hope there may be some collaborations along the way.
My definition of folk song is fairly conservative – pretty much I think of “folk music” as being synonymous with “traditional music” (whatever that is). Most of what I sing is from traditional sources. But I my musical tastes extend way beyond folk, and I do have a few songs in my repertoire which are not strictly folk, and will have no hesitation in including those on this blog in due course.