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Fathom The Bowl / Punch Ladle

Fathom The Bowl / Punch Ladle

Fathom the Bowl probably began life as a printed broadside, for example www.vwml.org/record/FK/13/42/1as the collected versions are all very similar in their wording, most coming from the southern counties of England.

Alfred Williams collected in the countryside around the Upper Thames in the early part of this century and found Fathom the Bowl sung all the way from Malmesbury to Oxford.

These lyrics follow closely the version collected from Richard Frost by Clive Carey on 17 Aug 1911 in Stedham, Sussex.

 

Fathom the Bowl/Punch Bowl is in The Full English Folk Chorus Songs Pack.  One type of song that has remained popular across English speaking traditions is the chorus song.  These are often led by one singer (in a pub, for example) with the community joining in with the repeated chorus, refrain or burden. This can be simple unison or improvised harmonies of varying levels of complexity. You can hear (and join in with) chorus songs in many folk clubs, singarounds, concerts and festivals.

The The Full English Folk Chorus Songs Pack is available from the PDF tab at the top of this panel, and contains some well-known chorus songs to provide some starting points for social singing from The Full English digital archive. Due to their popularity many of these songs are geographically widespread and may appear in many versions with all kinds of variation in words and melody. An Audio recording of this song is available for free download from the Audio tab at the top of the panel. It has been recorded by Ben Moss and Laurel Swift (www.benandlaurel.com).

The other songs in the pack are:

- The Barley Mow (Harry Albino Collection)

- The Sweet Nightingale (Sabine Baring Gould Collection)

- Young Banker (Percy Grainger/Frank Kidson Collections)

- Pleasant and Delightful (Collinson Collection)

- The Farmer’s Boy (Lucy Broadwood Collection)

- Abroad for Pleasure (Lucy Broadwood Collection)

 

 

More videos

  • Audio 01: Fathom the Bowl (Punch Ladle) - Ben Moss andLaurel Swift

    Download: mp3(4.28MB) ogg(5.24MB)

Digital Archive records related to this item

Note that these links take you to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website which holds the full archival details of the material. Material on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website is not censored or expurgated and may contain material considered offensive by modern standards.

Maps on the Full English site related to this item

Note that these links take you to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website which holds the full archival details of the material. Material on the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library website is not censored or expurgated and may contain material considered offensive by modern standards.