Lovely On The Water – Sheet MusicView Craig McLeish's Full Store
A song of unknown origin collected by Cecil Sharp in the late 19th Century. Ralph Vaughan Williams also collected a version in Walsham Norfolk in 1908 and eventually
arranged it in 1926. Steeleye Span recorded a version in 1971 but there are very few other authentic recordings. I first heard it in 2015 when the folk singer Sam Lee performed it at the Camden Roundhouse during the wonderful festival Voices Now. He strolled through the choirs and involved us all in humming improvised backing harmonies.
This version has been arranged after listening to 4 or 5 different groups – I have tried to score some of the folky ornamentation – you can simplify these in whichever way you like.
Lovely on the Water is almost disablingly beautiful, a haunting tune superbly arranged. I first heard the redoubtable Maddy Prior singing it live with the original Steeleye Span (Martin Carthy, Ashley Hutchings, Peter Knight) in 1971. This will be a highly distinctive and unusual additon to our repertoire. It won’t be the simplest song we’ll be learning when we can get face to face again, but it will be worth the effort, I’m sure.
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