Two of my songs have now been recorded by others, and references to these recordings can be found by following the appropriate links.
All of these songs are copyright, but I have no objections to them being sung in amateur or semi-professional performances without further permission.
But please me know if you do via the email adress at the top of this page
Anyone seeking to perform these songs in a professional capacity,
record, broadcast or reproduce them should ask permission from me first.
Follow the links for lyrics, sound clips, melody lines and links to recordings
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One Penny A Tune - (August 2018) - Is this about being taken for granted, or greed?
Inspired by Nanne Kalma's story of a Fresian fiddler.
The Head Gardener - (March 2017) - I thought I was in charge of the garden!
Composed after observing the behaviour of the robins in our garden.
Five New Heads and Six New Handles - (December 2016) - A Music Hall style song about make do and mend!
Based on a much examined paradox - from Theseus's ship to Trigger's broom!
The Migrant - (September 2016) - 16 Year old Charlotte Kimpton was transported to Australia from Abbots Langley in 1845
developed from an article in an Abbots Langley Local History Society Journal
The Melancholy Shipwreck of the Gossamer - (October 2015) - The sad story, as described in a display in the shipwreck section of the Salcombe Maritime Museum.
Composed as my entry to the Watford Folk Club's 2015 songwriting competition 'Songs of Love and Loss'.
Down in the Dark - (March 2015) - The song of the badger
On 2nd March 2015 this song won the second prize in the Maidenhead Folk Club's Folk Song Writing Competition 'A song for tomorrow's tradition'.
Nothing that's left but the Squeal - (June 2013) - A song celebrating the role of the pig in UK culture
Composed as my entry to the Watford Folk Club's 2013 songwriting competition 'This Working Life'. It got into the finals!
Dark Ember - (1990) - A country-style song of regret
The outcome of an experiment with a particular rhyming scheme.
The Devil in York - (1982) - A traditional York folk tale turned into a ballad style song with a strong refrain.
As recorded by Johnny Collins
So Far From Home - (1977) - The marching song of the ghosts of the Ninth Legion
As recorded by Jim Mageaan and Johnny Collins - and now the accompaniment for a Border dance as well!
Steam Again in Goathland - (1973) - Song celebrating the re-opening of the North Yorkshire Moors railway
The Tale of the Christmas Tree Fairy - (1972) - A Stanley Hollowayesque rendition of an old joke
The photo above was taken at a rehearsal for a performance of Peter Bellamy's folk opera "The Transports" some time prior to its performance at the National Folk Festival by members of the Herga Folk Club. Those with sharp eyes will have picked out (standing from left to right) Derek, Tim Edwards, John Cutting, Annie Fentiman, Ron Barnett, Jim Mageean, Phil Jones and Johnny Collins.
I'm the one sitting by the fiddle in the Puddleduck T-shirt