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Graham Irwin: My music

Here is a selection of videos of some of my music (latest additions first). My musical taste is mostly, but not exclusively, British and Irish folk, both traditional and contemporary. I have taken inspiration from Steeleye Span, John Kirkpatrick, Ian Campbell, John Conolly, Shirley Collins, The Albion Band, Fairport Convention, Strawhead, Martin Carthy and many others. I shall be adding a new video each week.

Sloop John B - a traditional Bahamian folk song (3:33)

On Board The Kangaroo - a song from the music hall, written by Harry Clifton in the style of a capstan shanty (2:44)

Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall - by Paul Simon (2:56)

Pleasant And Delightful - a traditional folk song of unknown origin (3:27)

Drunken Sailor - "make mine a shanty"; this one needs no introduction (2:38)

Horkstow Grange - a traditional Lincolnshire folk song, from which the band Steeleye Span took its name; the tune is called Andrew Rose (2:25)

Staines Morris - from Elizabethan times, but whether it comes from Staines in Surrey (Middlesex) is not known; also known as The Maypole Song (3:09)

The Banks Of Sweet Primroses - a traditional English folk song (3:47)

Green Stamps - a contemporary song by Anon, a parody of Greensleeves from the 1960s (2:26)

When You Were Sweet Sixteen - a contemporary song by James Thornton written for his wife Bonnie (3:35)

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You can also view these videos on my Youtube channel.

Coming soon...

The Soldier And The Lady - a traditional folk song, probably British; also known as One Morning in May, or To Hear the Nightingale Sing

Freeborn Man - a contemporary folk song by Ewan MacColl

The Victory - a traditional song based around the Battle of Trafalgar


I have developed a simple script to aid transposing chord sequences for songs and tunes. You can try it here.

(Esc - close / k - pause)