Traditional Northumbrian Music

by Richard on May 27, 2004

Ok, I know this is a little “off the beaten track”, but I found it interesting…

FARNE - Folk Archive Resource North East is an online resource for learning about the music of the North East of England.

FARNE has gathered material from across North East England to create a folk music archive on the Internet. Material including song lyrics, tunes, sound recordings and photographs are all available from here.

The FARNE site illustrates how life and times have changed in the North East, with songs about industry, conflicts, leisure and entertainment. FARNE shows how music has developed in the region, allowing us to celebrate our rich cultural heritage today. From Atkinson’s tunebook of 1694 to twentieth century sound recordings, there’s something for everyone.

You don’t need a knowledge of Northumbrian music to enjoy the site. Why not look for a song about your home town or about an event in History? Or go to our Listening Post to listen to some Northumbrian tunes. To find out some of the basics about Northumbrian music, enjoy our ‘Learn’ section, which features background and beginners info.

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Mike 05.27.04 at 12:16 pm

Ah, who cares about the north-EAST of England? Surely there’s nothing of worth there… ;)


Richard 05.27.04 at 12:21 pm

I’ll pray for you, Mike:

Forgive him, Lord. It isn’t his fault he was was born in Lancashire.


Mike 05.27.04 at 1:41 pm

Ahem, I don’t see your rose as the national emblem…


Carroll Sickles 05.27.04 at 6:34 pm

I found this site very interesting. I have a cassette tape of The King’s Singers titled, Watching The White Wheat-Folksongs of the British Isles. One of the songs on it is Bobby Steptoe. I typed that in and learned all there is to know about the song.The internet is just full of serindipity.


Richard 05.27.04 at 7:34 pm

Glad you enjoyed it Carroll!

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