Andrew Gant
Three British Folk Tunes

I - Bobby Shaftoe; II - Greensleeves; III - This Old Man

Allusions to folk music are prolific in the wind ensemble repertoire, and we begin tonight’s concert with a suite of three in a modern arrangement. The first, Bobby Shaftoe, originates from the Northumbrian borders and effectively bridges Scottish and English cultures. Greensleeves is said to have been written by King Henry VIII, and is referred to in Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. Like several of the works we feature tonight, the song is well-known and has featured not just in more recent classical works, most notably by Ralph Vaughan Williams, but also in popular music from songs by Leonard Cohen to Kenny G and Enya. The suite is completed with the characteristic counting-song This Old Man


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