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Yorkshire dialect, Purge, Weekly Ukulele World Tour

01 2010

After a week of regenerating sea air, cycling against the wind around the salt marshes and treating myself with plenty of  ‘caramels à la fleur de sel’, I am back for a new Ukulele World Tour.

Hope this picture will make you salivate…

Today we’ll celebrate Yorkshire day with a popular folksong in the Yorkshire dialect, then learn how to let it all pass away from the United-States, hear a Portuguese child song, move over to Brazil and listen to some fine singing by Agathe on Paris Plage.

To be honest I never knew there was a Yorkshire Day until I found the following song, On Ilkla Moor Baht ‘at, and did some research on it which rather indirectly led me to find out about it. I love songs telling stories and this one says a lot about the practical sense of Yorkshire people.

The song tells the story of a guy courting his lover Mary Jane in the Ilkley Moor without a hat (baht ‘at) despite the cold, a very unwise thing to do. According to the lyrics, it will lead to his dying of the cold, then to his burial, then to his corpse being eaten by worms. Later the ducks will eat the worms and people will eat the ducks and therefore the lover, which is a kind of way to get him back.

Lyrics to the song are available here.

Just before my holiday break, a series of unrelated events with different degrees of gravity set spark to an acute existential crisis. No wonder I came across this video, although the sorting I need to do is more internal rather than external.

Purge! by BruceKnapp3 (United-States)

Let’s brighten up the mood with a child song in Portuguese, Ó Malhão, performed by a Dutch trio, A Companhia Inspirada

Lyrics are available here.

A bit more Portuguese with a song by Brazilian Marcelo Camelo, covered on the ukulele by 3 friends, Mais Tarde. (Later)

Lyrics and (guitar) chords for the song can be found here.

As part of the summer programme of Paris Plage (Paris Beach), ukulele players are invited to play on the Pont de Sully site (Sully Bridge) every Thursday between 16:00 and 21:00  until the 12th of August 2010. You can watch several videos of the previous sessions called Ukulele Boudoir on this channel.

Here is Agathe performing at the Ukulele Boudoir of the 29th of July during Paris Plage.

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  1. Herman Vandecauter on the 2nd of August 2010 @ 09:14

    BruceKnapp3 is a very nice find!
    sibpouetpouet also nice, we have to go to Paris !!

  2. Armelle Europe on the 2nd of August 2010 @ 19:28

    Herman : I liked both the song and the video animation of BruceKnapp3. Glad you enjoyed it too.

  3. Ron Hale on the 3rd of August 2010 @ 01:39

    The caramels look a treat, Armelle. I stumbled onto a new video by the Ukulele Orchestra of Japan yesterday. If they’re new to you as they were to me, look it up. No singing, so no languages, but still.

  4. Armelle Europe on the 3rd of August 2010 @ 18:49

    Ron : you should definitely try those Fleur de sel caramels one day. You won’t regret it. It is worth macaroons.
    I have seen a video by the Orchestra of Japan just yesterday.

  5. Bossarocker on the 5th of August 2010 @ 12:58

    Gotta love On Ilkley Moor Baht ‘at. There have been many variations over the years, my favourite being In Parliament Baht Brain.

  6. Armelle Europe on the 5th of August 2010 @ 18:33

    Bossa : I’ve been trying to look for videos of the variation you mentioned but no luck. I’d be curious to know the lyrics ;)

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