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March Into May 2015: A Podcast all about the season of Spring!

Good news! You've survived the winter! Let's celebrate the coming of Spring with FolkCast's March Into May 2015, a progression in music and verse from the slow departure of old man winter to the birth of the summer. And in Spring, my fancy turns to just one thing! Anyone fancy a ride on my pogo stick?

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Presented and produced
Phil Widdows
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The Music and the  Verse

Spring Song by Charlie Chaplin  from the film "Limelight" (1952)

Written In Green by Bella Hardy, single release (2011)

Exile Of The Winter King written and read by Phil Widdows (2015)
Looking Through by Mike Vass, from the album "DecemberWell" (2012)

Come The Springtime by Lee Maddison, from the album "Weightless" (2014)

"Everybody discovered it was Spring..." radio broadcast (March 1947)

First Light Of Spring by Luka Bloom, from the album "Innocence" (2005)

Gloomy Winter's Noo Awa' by The North Atlantic Trio, from the album "Some Part Of Something" (2013)

With the death of Winter’s cold embrace Persephone emerges,
Daffodils burst forth enlivening dull verges,
A cape of white yields to vibrant green grasses,
A sun-kissed pond is host to the dreams of sweet lasses.

Newborn lambs gambol across the fields,
Everywhere nature is flourishing,
The Earth provides all, gently nourishing,
Ancient battlefields ring with ghostly echoes of dead warrior’s shields.
~ Echoes From The Gates of Darkness by Darren Sant (2015)

Spring Warning by Terence Blacker, released online (2015)

"Spring, Spring, you lovely thing
Bees and birds are on the wing
Listen to the way they sing...
~ Harold Peary as The Great Gildersleeve (radio, March 28th 1943)

Spring Song by Laura Veirs, from the album "Hello I Must Be Going" (2012)

Spring Season by Amazing Blondel, from the album "Evensong" (1970)

Farewell Winter by Matthew Tomayko, from the album "Pilgrim Window" (2010)

The Snows They Melt The Soonest by De-Malebysse, online release (2014)

Making Maple Syrup ~ Excerpt from "Charles Kuralt's Spring" audiobook, read by Charles Kuralt (1997)

Maple Syrup Time by Pete Seeger, from the album "One Meat Ball" (2006)
"Equal dark, equal light
Flow in Circle, deep insight
Blessed Be, Blessed Be
The transformation of energy!
So it flows, out it goes
Three-fold back it shall be
Blessed Be, Blessed Be
The transformation of energy!"
Transformation of Energy by Night An'Fey

Antlered Crown And Standing Stone by Damh The Bard, from the album "Antlered Crown and Standing Stone" (2012)

"This is also a story of Spring..." from "Family Theatre" Radio Drama, April 1951.

April Fool's Day by S.J. Tucker, from the album "Blessings" (2008)

April Come She Will by Tracy Grammer, from the album "Book of Sparrows" (2008)

Easter Sunday can occur anytime between March 22nd and April 25th, as the actual date depends on the progress of the sun and the moon. Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon following the spring equinox, the time when day and night are equal in length, around March 20th.

And every Easter a group of men in clogs and red-and-white hooped kilts, their faces blackened in disguise against the spirits of winter,  gather at the Traveller's Rest pub in Rochdale, Lancashire, and they carry spring into the village of Bacup by performing seven ritual dances, including the Nut Dance, in which wooden discs, or nuts, are struck together in time with the music. Who are these men? They are the Britannia Coconut Dancers!

The Rochdale Coconut Dance by Threepenny Bit, from the album "Pantomime Cannon" (2014)

April Song by Jolly Jack, from the album "A Long Time Travelling" (1988)

April Friend by Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, from the album "Strands Of Gold" (2006)

"Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.

Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.

And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow."
A Shropshire Lad  2: Loveliest of trees, the cherry now by A. E. Housman (1887)

Cherry Blossom by Paul McGladdery, released online (2014)

"What's it Like Being In Love?" - from a US radio show (March 1947)

Spring Cleaning by Fats Waller, (originally release 1937)

"...Lamb Bites Wolf..." excerpt from British newsreel (1949)

One Morning In May by Kyle Carey with Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, from the EP "One Morning In May" (2013)

Sumer Is Icumen In by Richard Thompson, from the album "1000 Years Of Popular Music" (2003)

One Man's Morris / Ampthill Sunrise by Life And Times, from the album "Charivari" (2001)

The Beltane Fire Dance by Beltane Border Morris

Cotton Hill by Fairytale, from the album "Forest Of Summer" (2015)

"The Cuckoo comes in April
She sings her song in May
She changes her tune
In the month of June
And July she flies away"
~ Traditional verse

First Cuckoo Of Spring by Danni Nicholls, from the album "A Little Redemption" (2013)

Weaving The Summer by Spiral Dance, from the album "The Quickening" (2006)

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