Derek continued with Giles Collins (Roud 147, Child 85 - "Giles Collins walked out on a may morning..."). In fact most singers this week managed to follow the theme to some extent.
Here are some of the more obvious followers:
- Chris - Watching The Wheat
- Roger - Will You Remember (Rida Johnson Young, Sigmund Romberg - "Springtime, lovetime, May")
- Simon - The Galway Shawl ("One pleasant evening in the month of May")
- Mike - Will Ye Go Lassie Go (Roud 541 - Francis McPeake, based on "The Braes of Balquhither" by Scottish poet Robert Tannahill - "O the summer time is coming")
- Derek - The Red Flag (Jim Connell )
- Simon - Buttercup Joe (Roud 1635 - "Baint it prime in summertime" )
- Colin - The Bold Fisherman (Roud 291, Laws O24 - "As I walked out one May morning...")
- Mike - Rosabella ("One fine morning in the month of May...")
- Derek - Johnny O' Bredislee (Roud 69, Child 114 - "Johnny rose on a May morning")
- Steve G - Good As Gone (Robin Williamson - "T'was the thought of sweet May coming on")
- Simon - Summertime (George Gershwin, DuBose Heyward)
- Colin - Lord Franklin (Roud 487, Laws K9 - "With a hundred seamen he sailed away, To the frozen ocean in the month of May")
- Derek - The Merry Month Of May
 - Phil asked Simon whether the song Buttercup Joe referred to the family of a local farmer called Johnson. Simon thought not and said he got the words from the Yetties' album Dorset is Beautiful which referred to Wareham in Dorset, but that earlier versions seemed to always refer to Fareham in Hampshire. Mike said that it was in fact a Dorset song (I haven't been able to verify that). Derek and Simon agreed that the trend to use Fareham as the location was probably because that is what was sung by Albert Richardson, whose recording popularised the song. Going back to Phil's original question, this singer calls the owner of the dairy "Sir Johnson" rather than "farmer Jones".
Simon finished off the evening with a trip round the seasons in the form of When All Men Sing (Keith Scowcroft, Derek Gifford).
While no theme has been officially announced for this week, it has been brought to my attention that Friday is the 70th anniversary of VE Day, so maybe some Second World War songs are in order?
Here's a selection of the songs sung during this session.
(Number of people present - 10, of which 9 performed)