Blow the Wind Southerly


Catalogue No: DDV 24139
EAN/UPC: 809730413926
Release Date: February 2009
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 52:37

A recital of traditional and early 20th century airs and ballads from the North East of England, this selection concentrates on the more romantic, wistful and dramatic items rather than the comic music hall songs. These are “Songs of Life and Longing” and ideally suited to the more formal interpretation given here.

Supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Track Listing


  1. Bobbie Shafto (1:30)
  2. The Cliffs of Old Tynemouth (3:28)
  3. Sweet Hesleyside (1:42)
  4. Buy Broom Buzzems (1:15)
  5. The Keel Row (1:42)
  6. The Underhand (1:00)
  7. Brinley Richards:

  8. The Rose of the Tyne (5:57)
  9. traditional:

  10. Bonny at Morn (3:48)
  11. The Cullercoats Fish Lass (1:43)
  12. Water of Tyne (2:48)
  13. The Oak and the Ash (2:49)
  14. Derwentwater’s Farewell (0:59)
  15. Charles Vincent:

  16. The Cottager’s Lullaby (3:28)
  17. traditional:

  18. The Steamboat (1:01)
  19. The Grace Darling Song (3:48)
  20. Dance ti thy Daddy (1:13)
  21. The Gallowgate Lad (3:08)
  22. Robert Topliff:

  23. Till the Tide comes in go to the Kye wi’ me (6:36)
  24. traditional:

  25. Blow the Wind Southerly (2:48)
  26. Ma Bonny Lad (1:47)


MusicWeb International

The instruments used by Concert Royal are authentic. Excellent liner notes…all of the music on the disc has been carefully researched… and is wholly appropriate for its purpose. The selection is full of fine and indeed memorable melodies. Margarette Ashton sings tunefully with a clear soprano voice with a very nice lilt to it and her instrumentalist colleagues provide elegant support

” —Bill Kenny

Authenticity seems to be the commandment of the hour and this authenticity influences all aspects of this performance. John Treherne.. delivers a very solid performance both as soloist and accompanist. Peter Harrison… and Rachel Gray… are just as good as he is. The instrumentalists deliver something ‘home-made’ but in the best sense phrased out and played freshly musically. Margarette Ashton always delivers traditional songs unpretentious, simple, home-baked. But even this home-bakedness contributes to the ideal.

” —Erik Daumann
MusicWeb International

This is a perfectly pleasant recording of attractive music sung very prettily by Margarette Ashton and played nicely by the instrumentalists. The only slight problem with it – for the thoroughbred Geordie at least – is that the songs really need broader north-eastern pronunciation, as they sound somewhat tamer and less meaningful, when sung in […]

” —Jackie Milburn III
Midwest Record

Ashton and her trio of historical instrument aficionados will put you right back in the bonny folk music boom of the early 60s, in a good way

” —Chris Spector
New England Regional Press

To my mind, a concert of English folk songs is one of the loveliest of musical experiences. On a Divine Art CD, there is Blow the Wind Southerly: Songs of Life & Longing from the North East of England as a good example of what I consider a successful format. The sound of the ensemble is exquisite. I recommend this Divine Art disc, as I said, as a lovely musical experience.

” —Frank Behrens