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Tunes for a Monday Morning

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Songs of the morning to start a quiet day at the cusp of summer....

Above: "Lá Róúil" by the Irish folk duo Zoë Conway and John Mc Intyre, with Irish fiddle & bouzouki player Éamon Doorley (of Danú), and Scottish singer & multi-instrumentalist Julie Fowlis. The song appears on their collaborative album Allt (2021), inspired by old and new Gaelic poetry from  Ireland and Scotland. "A great day, great day," they sing, "I'll have a great day. It won't be long till I see you again."

Below: "Lark in the Clear Air" by Scottish singer/songwriter Karine Polwart, based in Edinburgh. It's from her album and stage show A Pocket of Wind Resistance (2017).

Above: "The Lark" by English singer/songwriter Kate Rusby, from Yorkshire, with Nic Jones. The song appeared on two of Rusby's albums: The Girl Who Couldn't Fly (2005) and 20 (2012).

Below: "Lark in the Morning," a traditional song performed by English singer and fiddle player Jackie Oates, from Staffordshire. The song appeared on her second solo album, The Violet Hour (2008).

Above: "Lemady," a traditional song (also known as "Arise and Pick a Posy") performed by the East London folk group Stick in the Wheel and Jack Sharp (of Wolf People). The song appeared on Stick in the Wheel's fourth album, This and the Memory of This (2018).

Below, "Early One Morning," a traditional song performed by English singer/songwriter Jim Moray, based in Bristol. The song appeared on his second album, Sweet England (2003).

Above: "Awake, Awake," a traditional song performed by The Gigspanner Big Band, consisting of the Gigspanner trio (Steeleye Span's Peter Knight, Sacha Trochet, and Peter Flack), plus the Edgelarks duo (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin), and John Spiers (of Bellowhead). Other good versions of this classic ballad from the British and American folk traditions include "Waking Dreams" from Martin & Eliza Carthy, "Awake, Awake" from Maz O'Connor, and "The Silver Dagger" from Mandolin Orange.

Below: "May Morning Dew," a traditional song performed by Scottish singer Siobhan Miller, filmed in Glasgow last year. The song appears on her most recent album, All Is Not Forgotten (2020).

Woodland lark