Bouzouki and Vocals- Glyn Collinson
Guitar and Vocals- Rowena Gee
Recorded at 2am, 11th September
Social Club Hut, Mullard Space Science Laboratory


Glyn Collinson
Posted 17/11/2009 - 10:45

Here's us playing it live...


Mary W.
Posted 13/09/2009 - 16:32

Hi Both. We enjoyed listening to your song today and though the tonal blend of your voices really lovely to hear.. looking forward to seeing you romwena next sunday if you are around.

Rhiannon Owen
Posted 12/09/2009 - 11:48

I like it but here are some thoughts. 

The final,unaccompanied verse is excellent, words are clear harmonies good. and it makes a huge impact.  Ending is also excellent.

I feel that the verses earlier are a bit overpowered by the instrumental bits, both accompaniment and bits between verses.  Its a great song but the words were not given enough chance to make their impact. I would suggest simplifying the accompaniment when singing - or  this may really be an issue of recording balance in that if the voices were louder in the mix the music would seem less dominant.

The instrumental between verses I would do a bit later than after the second verse as the storyline  would have more time to have sunk in.

Glyn Collinson
Posted 11/09/2009 - 17:20

Yeah, mate I have that album! Saw Claire Mann and Aaron Jones live. Their version of "Across the Western Ocean" is simply epic.

Rowena Gee
Posted 11/09/2009 - 17:16

Haha. Yes, Chris it is me on the "Gee-tar" (very nice!) And I like the word "Rocketh" :-D

Chris Oldfield
Posted 11/09/2009 - 17:07

Glyn, buddy, this rocketh.No idea you (a) knew Ro or (b) were into this sort of stuff. Is it Ro on the "Gee'tar? Meantime, have you heard Claire Mann? this album's gorgeous: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/m annjones

ps Good to see you're still chasing the aliens out of our backyard. good times - let me know if you're ever playing london!chris

Rowena Gee
Posted 11/09/2009 - 16:53

Well, if your ego gets too big, then you can always just watch that Show of Hands video at the bottom of the page again ;-) However good one is, there's always someone even better. It means there is always a way of being inspired ! :-)

Glyn Collinson
Posted 11/09/2009 - 16:08

Pishaw. Don't say that. My ego is large enough.

Shelia Kanani
Posted 11/09/2009 - 15:45

Yeah you are actually a really good singer. I met Ro, and the others, at your BBQ!

Glyn Collinson
Posted 11/09/2009 - 15:10

Thanks Mate :)

Craig Theobald
Posted 11/09/2009 - 15:09

Very nice Glyn, I wouldn't have guessed that was you singing though.

Shelia Kanani
Posted 11/09/2009 - 15:05

You are AMAZING! I love it :) (if you ever need an alto sax riff in any of your songs let me know :p )

Glyn Collinson
Posted 11/09/2009 - 14:30

I think Ro summed up the evening pretty well. For your amusement, here's the Show of Hands version...

... Yeah, I think they *might* be better musicans than us :)


Rowena Gee
Posted 11/09/2009 - 12:03

So, resulting from the excitement of Glyn having seen Show of Hands at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, and both our excitement in the anticipation of seeing them on their current tour in October we've both been listening to lots of their music (check them out, they're awesome!) In particular, we both really like their version of “The Blue Cockade”. So, as we could never do justice to their version, we decided to arrange our own version of the song – which is precisely what we were up doing until about 2.30am last night/this morning !

As with any song arrangement, we started out not knowing the direction to take the song in, but it gradually took shape. We pulled together some aspects (most of the lyrics and some chords) from the Show of Hands version and a couple of lyrics and chord progressions from the Kate Rusby version, and mixed them together with a very large dose of “Waterfront”. Along the way, there was much painstaking work done to try to find some good harmonies, and some verses had to be repeated over and over as I struggled to get the hang of playing some of the complicated strumming patterns whilst still doing vocals.

And so although it is perhaps still a little rough in places, which playing it through even more will resolve, I think we're both quite pleased with the version we managed to record at the end of the night and are looking forward to playing it at a session soon.



D       Bm7  
'It was on a monday morning  
  G/B   A7   D
As I crossed o'er the moss,
  D     Bm7  
I had no thought of enlisting  
    G     A7
'Til some soldiers did I cross
  D Bm7      
The company enticed me    
  G       A7
To drink good health all round
    Em G Bm7 A D
And the bounty (and the bounty)
    G/B (A7)    
And the bounty      
They gave me      
  G A7   Bm  
A shilling from the crown.  
  G A7   D  
A shilling from the crown.  

It was on a monday morning
As I crossed o'er the moss
I had no thought of enlisting
Till soldiers did I cross
The company enticed me
To drink good health all round
And the Bounty
And the Bounty
They gave me a Shilling from the Crown
A Shilling from the Crown

My head was full of drink love
And I didn't think of you
And now I'm forced to go and join
The orange and the blues.
Our ship she waits at anchor
To meet the flowing tide.
I'll return love (I'll return love),
I'll return love (I'll return)
In the springtime
When I make you my bride.
When I make you my bride.

So early the next morning,
Before the break of day,
The captain called his orders
And my love marched away.
All in your ranks and files boys,
All on your native shore.
Fare thee well love (fare thee well love),
Fare thee well love (fare thee well),
Fare thee well love,
The lad that I adore.
You're the lad that I adore.

But I hope you never prosper
And I hope you always fail;
At everything you venture
I hope you n'er do well;
And the very ground you walk upon -
May the grass refuse to grow,
Since you've been the (since you've been the),
Since you've been the (since you've been the)
Very cause of
My sorrow, grief and woe.
My sorrow, grief and woe.

It's true my love has listed
And he wears a blue cockade;
He is a handsome young man,
Likewise a roving blade;
He is a handsome young man,
He's gone to serve the king,
Whilst my very (whilst my very),
Whilst my very (whilst my very)
Heart is breaking
All for the love of him.
All for the love of him

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