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Magpie Lane - Jack-In-The-Green FLAC album

Saint Stephen performed by Magpie Lane, produced by Tim Healey

A song inspired by the May Day celebrations at Padstow in Cornwall where an ancient "Obby 'Oss" has for centuries been paraded through town

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The song 'Jack-in-the-Green, Jack's Alive' by Magpie Lane has a tempo of 122 beats per minute (BPM) on 'Jack-in-the-Green'. Just as the Tide was Flowing. Font Whatling's Polka, Galloway Girth. Get the Tempo of more than 6 Million songs.

Magpie Lane is a five-piece folk band from Oxford, specialising in traditional English songs and dance tunes. They combine powerful vocals with vigorous dance tunes, performing inventive arrangements on acoustic instruments.

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In Hastings, Jack-in-the-Green had been paraded through the town for centuries. Then a combination of Victorian attitudes and changing laws put a stop to it all. Banning boys from working as chimney sweeps' was part of the demise of the tradition. So is the Queen of the May. The original, maypole was a fat phallic symbol, thrust into the earth. the Lord and Lady of the May a pair of sexy pranksters. The drunken revelry of the working people associated with Jack-in-the-Green was too much for the Victorians, so Jack-in-the-Green was banished. A 20th Century Revival. In the mid 1980s, A Hastings Morris Dancing troup, Mad Jack's Morris revived the tradition, inviting other Morris Dancing groups to join them in a four-day festival over the Early May Bank Holiday weekend.

Jack in the Green, also known as Jack o' the Green, is an English folk custom associated with the celebration of May Day. It involves a pyramidal or conical wicker or wooden framework that is decorated with foliage being worn by a person as part of a procession, often accompanied by musicians. The Jack in the Green tradition developed in England during the eighteenth century.

JACK IN THE GREEN - Purple. A Barnhaven strain of pink jack-in-the-green primula. From light pink to dark pinks, acaulis and polyanthus forms. These forms have leafy sepals - some become enlarged, forming a green collar to the flower. Flowering period: Late winter – mid-spring. Soil: rich, damp soil. For more information on growing and caring for Polyanthus primroses – please read this section on growing Primroses and Polyanthus.

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1 May Song
Written-By – Dave Webber
Three Tunes 4:05
2a Mother Goose
2b The Priest In His Boots
2c Hopkinson's Favourite
3 In Sheffield Park 2:33
4 Thame Fair 2:11
5 The Flowers Of Edinburgh 1:12
6 A Rosebud In June 3:14
Jack-In-The-Green / Jack's Alive 5:06
7a Jack-In-The-Green
Written-By – Martin Graebe
7b Jack's Alive
8 The Sheepstealer 2:44
Quickstep At The Battle Of Prague / Welch's Polka 3:21
9a Quickstep At The Battle Of Prague
9b Welch's Polka
Northill May Song / The Cuckoo's Nest 3:04
10a Northill May Song
10b The Cuckoo's Nest
11 The Seeds Of Love 2:34
12 Just As The Tide Was Turning 3:07
13 Banks Of The Lea 4:51
Font-Whattlin's Polka / Galloway Girth 3:30
14a Font-Whattlin's Polka
14b Galloway Girth
15 Two Ravens 3:32
The Meyer's Song / The Rochdale Coconut Dance / Three Around Three 5:45
16a The Meyer's Song
16b The Rochdale Coconut Dance
16c Three Around Three


  • Cello, Hurdy Gurdy, Recorder, Vocals – Di Whitehead
  • Fiddle, Viola, Vocals – Mat Green*
  • Vocals – Joanne Acty
  • Vocals, Concertina – Andy Turner
  • Vocals, Flute, Recorder, Dulcimer, Keyboards, Bass – Tom Bower
  • Vocals, Guitar, Mandola – Peter Acty
  • Vocals, Percussion – Ian Giles


Album Comes in a jewel case with a booklet containing notes on the Songs and tunes.

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Magpie Lane - Jack-In-The-Green FLAC album
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1348 mb
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1242 mb
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