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The Blue Cockade

from Roots&Branches by GreenMatthews



A trad English song which neatly subverts the “wispy sweetheart waiting for her lover to return from the wars” theme. The first two verses are him apologising for getting drunk and joining the army, but vowing to marry her when he returns. The second two are her telling him he’s a selfish idiot and not to bother coming back.


from Roots&Branches, released September 11, 2019
Chris: voice, mandocello, piano, organ
Sophie: voice, English border bagpipes


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GreenMatthews Coventry, UK

Chris Green and Sophie Matthews play English traditional songs and tunes in a thoroughly 21st-century kick-ass style. Using a blend of ancient instruments such as cittern, English bagpipes and shawm as well as modern folk instruments such as guitar, flute and piano accordion, they breathe new life into material from hundreds of years ago, making it fresh and relevant for a modern audience. ... more


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