Old Hag In The Corn

Here’s another new tune I made the day before yesterday. I called it “Old Hag In The Corn”, because I had been struggling with a weird kind of poem in Dutch about an old hag in the corn, who didn’t like the choirs (choirs and corn translate…

Christian’s Bouncing Ball

Slow, fast or simply both? What version would you prefer? Let me know if you’re on Facebook.     What you hear are two completely different computer outputs. A slow one with a flute and an awesome church organ (never played that, but I’d love to) and…

Opeens Was Het Voorgoed

Tribute song in Dutch to my dad for his birthday. I still miss him, although he died so many years ago. Quick home recording, June 2014.   Lyrics Ik moest je al vaak missenMaar opeens was het voorgoed‘t is niet bepaald sinds gisterenIk zie je nog zo…

No Need To Move Any Mountain

Composed and documented another little tune today and called it “No Need To Move Any Mountain”, as a reference to Matthew’s biblical text. I believe strong faith can make people too convinced of their views and lead to massive conflicts between different religions as we’ve seen too often in history…

The Blood Vote

Thanks to The Great War Explained for posting this old Australian anti-war poem, written by W.R. Winspear and drawn by Claude Marquel from Sydney, issued during the anti-conscription campaign in 1917. When I read the poem, I couldn’t help getting a melody in my head and here it is. I hope you…

The Ballad Of Charlie McCoy

Here’s the Ballad Of Charlie McCoy. This is our first Cripple Oak studio recording. Last September (2014) I was at the impressive ancient Celtic site of Glendalough, co. Wicklow. Looking for old undocumented Irish songs, a local man, John Holden, told me about the late Charlie McCoy,…

The Ballad Of Nelson Mandela

Here’s the ballad I wrote one year ago about Nelson Mandela, shortly after his passing. I was delighted when Claudio Benito was willing to join me to make a version of this song by combining his Flamenco skills and my folk style into a brand new…