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The Old Songs Podcast: Se2Ep3 – ‘The Brisk Lad’, ft. Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

The third episode of the second series of the Old Songs Podcast features Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith discussing 'The Brisk Lad' [Roud 1667].

‘The Brisk Lad’ [Roud 1667] was collected from Edith Sartin by the Hammond brothers in 1906 in Corscombe, Dorset. Also known as ‘The Sheepstealer’ and ‘All I Have is My Own’, it has been performed and recorded by many traditional folk singers over the ensuing century (and a bit). Jimmy Aldridge and Sid Goldsmith chose to speak about the song here for its political content, and will be singing it at their Cecil Sharp House gig on October 5th (tickets are available here). Jimmy and Sid chat here to Jon Wilks about the history of the song, where they first heard it, and what it means to them as modern interpreters of traditional songs. This episode is dedicated to the memory of Paul Sartin.

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The Old Songs Podcast is supported by the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

‘The Brisk Lad’ podcast notes


Over the course of the hour, Jimmy & Sid and Jon Wilks mention the following links:

Track listing

  1. ‘Brisk Lad’, performed by Faustus
  2. ‘The Brisk Lad’, performed by Henry Parker
  3. ‘The Sheep Stealers’, performed by Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley
  4. ‘The Brisk Lad’, performed by Mike Waterson
  5. ‘The Brisk Lad’, performed by Elspeth Anne

For more info on Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith, head to jimmyandsidduo.com