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Tunes for a Monday Morning

Morning oak

Songs for the dawn of the day in the English, Scottish, and Irish countryside....

Eastern MeadowlarkAbove: "Hwome" by Ninebarrow (Jon Whitley and Jay LaBouchardiere), a folk duo from Dorset. The song (adapted from "Comen Hwome" by the 19th century Dorset dialect poet William Barnes) appears on a new album inspired by the local landscape, The Water and the Wild (2018). They are currently working on a book of Dorset walks related to the music.

Below: "The Lark in the Morning," a traditional song performed by the multi-cultural folk band The Imagined Village, from their album Empire & Love (2010). The vocalists are Jackie Oates, from Staffordshire, and Eliza Carthy, from Yorkshire.

Above: "The Morning" by London-based folk band Stick in the Wheel, with Anna Roberts-Gevalt (of Anna and Elizabeth). It's from their new mixtape This and the Memory of This (2018).

Below: "Morning Sun" by singer/songwriter Lee Endres, based in London. The song is from his first album, Croft (2017), written during a three month stay in the Scottish highlands. The video features Daisy King.

Above: "One May Morning," a traditional song performed by Northumbrian pipe player Kathryn Tickell and folk singer/song collector Sam Lee. This session was recorded for BBC Radio 3 in 2015.

Below: "Light in the Sky" by the Irish "Celtgrass" band We Banjo 3, from their new album Haven (2018). The band is made up of two sets of brothers, Enda & Fergal Scahill and Martin & David Howley, from Galway.

Morning under the oak

"We went down into the silent garden. Dawn is the time when nothing breathes, the hour of silence. Everything is transfixed, only the light moves."

- artist & author Leonora Carrington (1917-2011)

Morning light