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The Time of Morris Men Again with Kingbee, Moviz, Bob Rodgers and Stevel,

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DWL

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And so Amokopera continues.

Graeme has started writing a new set of songs for something we're calling Distant England. It's a view of England from afar (he's been living in Spain for 13 years now)

It's looking at the England he remembered and how he sees it now but also how it maybe was when we were growing up and the "virtue", or otherwise, of progress. He was over a few months ago and we started to put some of the ideas down and this was one we worked on. We started from an idea ridiculing the Morris tradition but ended up rather celebrating it as part of our culture.

Graeme wrote most of the words and the melody and I did the chorus. Strat, 6 string acoustic, bass and software instruments.

Many, many thanks to the drunken sailor crew who joined in again.

Kingbee, Moviz, Bob Rodgers and Stevel - and I bet there's someone I've forgotten.....

And here's a link to some stuff about the Morris tradition Morris Men
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Symphony101 said 1533 days ago (March 17th, 2013)
First !
:-)
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Symphony101 said 1533 days ago (March 17th, 2013)
Crazy stuff !
I can't imagine how you managed mixing this song ! Hats off, starting with this.

Very very nice song, great arrangement and awesome playing !

Kudos to you, Kingbee, Maurice, Bob and Steve. I spent about 4 mins with my jaw dropped !
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DWL said 1532 days ago (March 18th, 2013)
Thanks Yves...
Slowly is the answer!

As with everything I seem to do these days it takes me forever as I just do a little bit at a time. Thanks for the most generous comments :-)

Cheers

Dick
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alackbass said 1533 days ago (March 17th, 2013)
The Time of Morris Men Again
It's good to see the high quality big collaborations are still alive and well at MJ. The instrumental parts are brilliant. I wouldn't want to cross that chorus of drunken sailors on a dark pier. This shows fine art can still be a whiskey barrel full of fun!
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DWL said 1532 days ago (March 18th, 2013)
High quality?
You are too kind Andrew. Having met some of the chorus in the flesh I can say their bark is worse than their bite. A finer bunch you'd hard put to find!

Thanks picking up on the fun as I did enjoy putting this together and it was great to work directly with Graeme rather than at a distance.

Cheers

Dick
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kingbee said 1533 days ago (March 17th, 2013)
with bells on
Wow! that was quick.
You been on the red bull.....mixed with cider???
When you think about it, it's amazing that the cyber choir can get together to help out on projects like this.
Great stuff and glad to have been asked and to be involved
cheers
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DWL said 1532 days ago (March 18th, 2013)
The internet is both a force and good and evil
Sounds a bit pretentious but I think it is both good and bad. A real joy to be able get people from all over the place together virtually is wonderful.

And it wasn't quick, I reckon the song took the best part of 4 months to put together.... they should call me Speedy Gonzales ;-)

Thanks for the comments and your contribution!

Cheers

Dick

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PeterB7858 said 1533 days ago (March 17th, 2013)
The Time of Morris Men Again
Rousing, rustic, romp. It has just the right amount of roughness around the edges to make you think you are in the pub there with the crew. Well done gang. I'll have a pint! Regards, Peter.
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DWL said 1532 days ago (March 18th, 2013)
A raw, rousing, rustic romp
Sounds like something from Lady Chatterly ;-)

Thanks for the listen and comments Peter. I tried to keep it fairly simple!

Bitter or lager?

Cheers

Dick


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ramonaji said 1532 days ago (March 17th, 2013)
"They come in PINTS?!?!!"
I feel like I'm hangin with the hobitses, and that is GOOD NEWS!
Charming, winsome, endearing and all that...!
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DWL said 1532 days ago (March 18th, 2013)
Yes, lots of them!
Thanks Ramona, hanging with the hobs? Suits me!

Your comments are much appreciated

Cheers

Dick
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Feter said 1532 days ago (March 17th, 2013)
Morris
O ye , this goes well with my recent listening to Richard Thompson .love the medley . very great song Mates !
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DWL said 1532 days ago (March 18th, 2013)
Thanks Feter
I was going for a Richard Thompson feel but somehow managed to almost mix out the electric rhythm!

Being mentioned in the same sentence as Mr Thompson is praise indeed.

I'm pleased you enjoyed it and thanks fro the comments and listen,

Cheers

Dick
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Bob Rodgers said 1532 days ago (March 18th, 2013)
I
love this song Dick. I'm pleased you asked me to be a very small part of it.
Many thanks, it was very enjoyable.

Bob
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DWL said 1530 days ago (March 20th, 2013)
Thanks Bob!
It was great to get a proper choir so thanks being part of that.

Cheers

Dick
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Vic Holman said 1531 days ago (March 18th, 2013)
Morris Men Again
fun tune! i like how you added a few classic tune references, funny.

the mix is stellar
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DWL said 1530 days ago (March 20th, 2013)
References'r'us
I like to put a quote or two in a song if I can.

I'm pleased you enjoyed it Vic and thanks for the commments.

Cheers

Dick
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Narad said 1531 days ago (March 19th, 2013)
Morris men
Happy and uplifting ! Very nice listen ! :)
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DWL said 1530 days ago (March 20th, 2013)
We like to have sometimes!
Don't worry, most of the other songs in this cycle are as downbeat as usual ;-)

Thanks Harald.

Cheers

Dick
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lengold said 1531 days ago (March 19th, 2013)
The thought
of Jimi Hendrix Morris Dancing is such a fantastic image.
Love it and wish I had contributed.
Cheers
Len

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DWL said 1530 days ago (March 20th, 2013)
I reckon he might have enjoyed it
Thanks Len, yes, it's a pity you couldn't make this one but I'm sure I'll have another at some point!

Cheers

Dick
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apb said 1531 days ago (March 19th, 2013)
Awesome...
I was curious who would mention Hendrix's "Voodoo Child" riff appearing @2:10.. but on an accordion.. lol.. schweet. But in the words of Father Ted.. let's get back to DRINK for a moment ... *slurp*. Fun and very well put together and mixed. Enjoyed that alot!
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DWL said 1530 days ago (March 20th, 2013)
Congratulations
you win the teddy bear Alan!

Thanks for the comments and don't get too drunk....

Cheers

Dick
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Philip18 said 1530 days ago (March 20th, 2013)
Morris Men
Nice bounce to the music, and cleanly recorded. Good arrangement, which plenty of interest in the instrumentation. The vocals from the chorus sound like they may have been recorded in the local pub, which is the right place for them. Good one, Dick!
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DWL said 1530 days ago (March 20th, 2013)
The pub, the pub!
Exactly Philip, that's what it was supposed to be and they did a great job pretending (or perhaps they weren't....)

Thanks for the listen and comment!

Cheers

Dick

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gadzooks said 1530 days ago (March 20th, 2013)
The Time of Morris Men
This sounds like a lot of fun. I just love it when you all sing and that accordion doing the a Hendrix riff followed by Turkey in the Straw ... hilarious! Great job of putting this all together. You've done a fine job on the mix. Now I want to go to a pub ... have to finish my coffee and breakfast first.
Cheers
SG
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DWL said 1527 days ago (March 23rd, 2013)
Thanks Stan
It was a lot of fun and came together quite quickly for me! Strangely enough I didn't know it was called Turkey in the Straw.

Thanks again.

Cheers

Dick
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MartinD28 said 1530 days ago (March 20th, 2013)
Top Notch!
Wonderfully arranged and very tight. Love the song and instrumentation - but most of all the drunken chorus. Rollicking good fun! Brad
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DWL said 1527 days ago (March 23rd, 2013)
I'd like to think
that they'd all been to the pub before singing their parts ;-)

Many thanks for the listen and comments.

Cheers

Dick
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richard13 said 1529 days ago (March 21st, 2013)
Rollicking
good fun. Have one (or more) for me.
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DWL said 1527 days ago (March 23rd, 2013)
Thanks Richard
Rollicking suits it just fine!

Cheers

Dick
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johnwhitehead said 1528 days ago (March 22nd, 2013)
Morris Men
This is fab....excellent writing,performances and production. Makes me pine for jolly olde Albion.
Great work, lads!
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DWL said 1525 days ago (March 25th, 2013)
Jolly olde Albion?
Well it's less jolly these days ;-)

Thanks for stopping by John. Much appreciated!

Cheers

Dick
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Moviz said 1527 days ago (March 23rd, 2013)
Woah!
I almost miss this posting due to my not being around here much.... loved this typically English ditty.... great performance and mix Dick; a toe tapper and bell shaker (you get my drift ?) if ever there was one LOL....... it would get 'em up at any party for sure, cheers M
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DWL said 1524 days ago (March 26th, 2013)
Thanks Maurice
A toe tapper and bell shaker indeed ;-)

Your input was much appreciated! Thanks again.

Cheers

Dick
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egobandit said 1527 days ago (March 23rd, 2013)
drink drink
I need to meet you at the pub and do the drinking game fun song! :)
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DWL said 1524 days ago (March 26th, 2013)
Well Tim
if you ever find yourself this side of the pond.....

Thanks for the listen and comment

Cheers

Dick
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Monkaton said 1524 days ago (March 25th, 2013)
On the Nose
What a great song and expertly arranged, played, recorded and mixed. Just a fantastic piece of music. Thanks to all who put this together.
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DWL said 1504 days ago (April 15th, 2013)
Thanks Tim!
I'm pleased you enjoyed it. Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers

Dick
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Warren Smith said 1524 days ago (March 26th, 2013)
Memories old and new
A fun romp through the streets of jolly old England. I think this is the third time in the past month I've run into a reference to Morris Dancing .. which is an interesting coincidence because I had never heard of it before then.

Nice touch to the recording. It's fresh-sounding, like it was made on-the-spot .. so it's rather incredible to realize you pulled together bits and pieces through digital networking.

I recognize the chorus as "Turkey the Straw," too, from childhood memories of hearing folk songs. The lyric I remember is "Pick up your fiddle and rosin your bow, and play me a tune called Turkey in the Straw."
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DWL said 1504 days ago (April 15th, 2013)
Jolly old England
Funny how these co-incidences seem to happen.

Sometimes the internet is a thing of joy (then again, sometimes it's not)

Thanks for the listen and comments :-)

Cheers

Dick
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ste said 1509 days ago (April 9th, 2013)
clear
mix. everything has its space. haha love the lyrics. good fun and well played
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DWL said 1504 days ago (April 15th, 2013)
Thanks Ste
it was good fun to make so it's good you picked up on that.

Cheers

Dick
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pole said 1503 days ago (April 16th, 2013)
Cheers! Prost! A votre santé!
Very efficient, would enjoy to share a beer on your music.
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DWL said 1502 days ago (April 17th, 2013)
Merci bien!
Trop gentil :-)

Amicalements

Dick
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FEEL said 1501 days ago (April 18th, 2013)
What a great song
I like the mix of the accordion and guitar. Vocals sound fantastic, you guys sound great drunk. love the additional covers. Mix is spot on... I like the way it was panned out. Kudos to all involved.
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DWL said 1481 days ago (May 8th, 2013)
Thanks!
Apologies for the delay in replying!

I really appreciate the listen and comment

Cheers

Dick
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Doug Somers said 1487 days ago (May 1st, 2013)
I'll get me bells on
It's spot on with that classic Morris rhythm and the cast of 'misfits' in the chorus to back you up. Rollicking good fun and a lot of musicianship wrapped throughout the piece which can be easily overlooked if just riding along with the tune. Another winner Dick!

Cheers,
Doug
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DWL said 1479 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Pull the other one
Thanks Doug, much appreciated!

Cheers

Dick
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VicDiesel said 1486 days ago (May 2nd, 2013)
Culture
I know that it's easy to poke fun at Morris dancing, but I'm glad you also partly celebrated that bit of British culture.

Great performances and fantastic mix.
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DWL said 1479 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Yes, very easy!
But as you say this is also a celebration of their unique place in British society.

Thanks for stopping by Vic!

Cheers

Dick
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paul f. page said 1485 days ago (May 4th, 2013)
Set 'em up, boys!
A true drinkin' song. Don't know how I missed this (maybe when the notifications were down), but glad I found it this afternoon. How fun. Hey. You stole OUR "Turkey In The Straw"!!! How dare you?! Wow. What a wonderful addition to such a rollickin' song and performance. ... And a good time was had by all. (The tag threw me off a bit. Seemed a bit out of character for the number...small nit.)

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DWL said 1479 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
A good time was had by all!
Thanks Paul, this worked out better than I could have hoped (and as I think I said before I had no idea the tune was called Turkey in the Straw!)

I'm pleased you got to hear it.

Cheers

Dick

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Loob said 1484 days ago (May 5th, 2013)
Great production!
What a fun mix! The mix is full and well balanced! I'd raise a mug if still partook!
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DWL said 1479 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
Thanks Freddy
I think the lads probably raised more than one or two jars ;-)

Thanks for the listen and comment.

Cheers

Dick
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Jarvoid said 1483 days ago (May 5th, 2013)
I've been absent for a while
due to moving lock,stock and barrel to Northumberland....what a comeback song to find Dick......it is now two in the morning and I am trying to listen to this in headphones ....and not stomp and romp and generally wake the missus up.......this is effing excellent......and you b*****d I was going to have a crack at Jimi on me accordion ....mate you got to give me the chords for this....Excellent.......bollox I'm in trouble now ...ere she comes ...and not happy either......catch you lat
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DWL said 1479 days ago (May 10th, 2013)
It what wives are for
curbing our enthusiasm and making sure we get to bed on time so we're not grumpy in the morning. I hope you sorted it out.

Thanks for the very fulsome praise Chris, I thought you might enjoy it. Wah-wah accordian next from you eh?

Cheers

Dick
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Char said 1481 days ago (May 8th, 2013)
Love, love, love it.
The sound of this just makes my soul happy. Could you post the lyrics, please? I'd love to sing along. Excellent, band. Thanks, all.
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DWL said 1475 days ago (May 14th, 2013)
Thanks Char
much appreciated.

I only have Graeme's written lyrics but I'll see if I can get them typed.

Cheers

Dick
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say said 1331 days ago (October 5th, 2013)
Great
hearing you again ! Defintely cheered up my day :)
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