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Title: Looking for Captain Webb (from ... 0
Post by: Dazbo on November 19, 2007, 11:05:26 AM
Rich Arrowsmith played a catchy little tune in a session last night.  He called it "Captain Webb From..." I presume from the first man to swim the channel.  I've had a look using JC's ABC tune finder but no luck.  Any idea where I can get hold of the dots? 
Title: Re: Looking for Captain Webb (from ... 0
Post by: Clive Williams on November 19, 2007, 11:23:55 AM
Rich Arrowsmith played a catchy little tune in a session last night.  He called it "Captain Webb From..." I presume from the first man to swim the channel.  I've had a look using JC's ABC tune finder but no luck.  Any idea where I can get hold of the dots? 

Possibly related to John Kirkpatrick's song, Captain Webb from Shropshire - a cheery little ditty, and indeed about the first man to swim the English Channel, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Webb (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Webb). I think it's on one of John's early albums with Sue Harris, perhaps Among the many attractions, or Rose of Britains Isle - don't have either to hand so can't confirm or deny, I'm afraid.

Or it could be something completely different!

 ;D
Title: Re: Looking for Captain Webb (from ... 0
Post by: Theo on November 19, 2007, 11:24:58 AM
That would be captain Webb from Dawley.  I think the tune was composed by John Kirkpatrick as a setting for the poem by John Betjeman

Words and sound here (http://www.geoffwilkins.net/fragments/Betjeman.htm)
Title: Re: Looking for Captain Webb (from ... 0
Post by: Lester on November 19, 2007, 03:06:14 PM
Code: [Select]
X: 1
T:Captain Webb
M:6/8
L:1/8
Q:105
K:G
A| B2 B BcB| B2 A A2 B| c2 c cdc| (B3 B2) c| d2 d ed^c| d2 B G2 A| B2 B
BA^G| (A3A) GA| B2 B B2 c| B2 A A3| d2 d d2 e |d3 c3| BAB c2 B| A2 G E2
G| DGA B2 G| A3 G3 :||:e^d=d c3| e^d=d cd^d |e^d=d c2 G| A3 c3 | BAB c2
B| A2 G E2 G| DGA B2G| A3 G3 :||
Title: Re: Looking for Captain Webb (from ... 0
Post by: Dazbo on November 19, 2007, 04:27:40 PM
Thanks all for the info, and Lester for the ABC.  I'd forgotten the link to Betjamin's poem, it was mentioned last night although I don't think JK's was named as the composer.
Title: Re: Looking for Captain Webb (from ... 0
Post by: Lester on November 19, 2007, 06:30:42 PM
Small amount of pedantry - the song and poem are both called A Shropshire Lad

I have it on a John Kirkpatrick-Sue Harris LP (remember them) called Amongst the Many Attractions at the Show will be a Really High Class Band which must rate as one of the longest album names in history. I could go and find who wrote the tune but all the records are in the loft and it's cold.
Title: Re: Looking for Captain Webb (from ... 0
Post by: Dazbo on November 20, 2007, 12:37:18 PM
Small amount of pedantry - the song and poem are both called A Shropshire Lad

Your pedantry is always welcome, Lester ;D

The tune looks a bit tricky on a two row, methinks i could do with a reversed D for the B part >:(
Title: Re: Looking for Captain Webb (from ... 0
Post by: Ellison on November 20, 2007, 03:46:18 PM
I'm pretty sure that the tune was written by Jim Parker who provided all the music for "Betjeman's Banana Blush" and another LP a little later.
Martin
Title: Re: Looking for Captain Webb (from ... 0
Post by: Robin Harrison on November 21, 2007, 01:14:24 PM
The poem is called a " Shropshire Lad "
             http://www.geoffwilkins.net/fragments/Betjeman.htm  (http://www.geoffwilkins.net/fragments/Betjeman.htm) 
  This is Betjeman reciting it.
         Robin
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