Ridgeway Singers and Band CD

Our CD is available at our concerts for £10, or by post for £11 inc p&p: contact Mike Lofthouse, mikelofthouse@btinternet.com, 01305 265374.

We thank Artsreach for their generous support which made this CD possible.

Listen to Hark Hark, a West Gallery carol from Hinton St Mary.


The CD features a mix of West Gallery carols, collected folk songs, dance tunes and new compositions that is characteristic of our repertoire.

1. Lady Elizabeth’s Hornpipe / The Mariner’s Hornpipe
Two fiddle tunes from the manuscript of Benjamin Rose of Belchalwell, Dorset, 1820. Arranged by Tim Laycock & Colin Thompson.

2. Hark Hark
A West Gallery carol from Hinton St Mary near Sturminster Newton. Edited and arranged by A.D. Townsend.

3. One Bright Star
A new carol by Tim Laycock, inspired by landmarks on the Ridgeway. Arranged by Phil Humphries.

4. Shepherds Keeping Watch by Night
From a Collection of Dorset Carols, 1926, collected from the Piddle Valley. Arranged by W.A. Pickard-Cambridge.

5. One Night as I Lay on my Bed
Collected by Henry and Robert Hammond from Marina Russell of Upwey, c.1906. Arranged by Phil Humphries.

6. Queen Jane
This version of an ancient ballad inspired by the death of Jane Seymour in 1537 was collected by the Hammond brothers from Robert White in Dorchester in 1906. Arranged by Phil Humphries.

7. New Poole – Psalm 107 vs 23
By Dorset composer William Knapp, New Church Melody, 1751. Edited by Rollo Woods.

8. The Green Man Song
A tune by Tim Laycock to words from the family of Dorothy Lawrence. Arranged by Phil Humphries.

9. In Praise of Dorset Apples
A new song composed by Ridgeway member Anna Eveleigh-Morse celebrating the turning year and several wonderful old varieties of apples.

10. The Unquiet Grave
Collected by the Hammond Brothers from Jane Hann of Stoke Abbott, June 1906. Arranged by Phil Humphries.

11. Rolling Home
A traditional capstan shanty from the days of sail. Arranged by Phil Humphries.

12. Enrico
A hornpipe reputed to have been Thomas Hardy’s favourite tune. Arranged by Phil Humphries.

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