Melbury School, Dorset 1915. My Grandmother – Ruth Huldah Hacker – is May Queen.
The “Green Village” is my metaphor for England. The following song cycle is a snapshot of a year in the “Green Village”. Starting with May.
Daisy Flowers – May 1st. The May Queen. Daisy – The “Days’ Eye”.
Helios – June 21st. A paean to the Sun. Living, as I do, so close to Stonehenge, has helped feed my interest in Ancient Britain and the early beliefs. I have used the Greek Deity for the song title (artist licence!), but for the local area the Sun God would have had a different name. Possibly Bel (Belenus), as the Fire God celebrated at Beltane.
When The War is Through – following the outbreak of World War 1 on July 28th 1914 thousands of young men went to war never to return, and if they did it was to a world changed for ever.
Rolling in the Hay – Harvest time. A day of work and sweat in the field.
Down the Road – As Autumn casts a long shadow across the passing of the year time to take a look back down the paths that have been taken.
Yuletide Carol – The days grow short, the nights are cold. Winter covers all the land. Soon it will be another year.
Kitty Gray – “gathers blossom from the trees”. A Love story with a tragic twist, set on the Dorset coast. Blossom is a sure sign that spring has arrived. Its innocent beauty and short lifespan is viewed by many cultures as a reminder of our own mortality.
St Georges Day – April 23rd. Patron Saint of England. Victory of Good over Evil?. This song is set in the annual market place pageant that takes place in Salisbury Wiltshire.