Hiya people! 🙂
The song I have for you has Scottish origins, and comes from an Anglo-Welsh trio. Even though I’ve been listening to British/Celtic folk for years, I’ve only came across The Foxglove Trio some two years ago, all thanks to Blas Folk Radio Cymru – a radio station that helped me make a lot of interesting Welsh folk music discoveries. – The members of the trio are Cathy Mason/Thomson (I’m not sure what her surname actually is because she’s referred to by both of these on their website) who is I believe from Berkshire and who plays cello and guitar in the group as well as sings; Patrick Dean, who plays melodeon, concertina and cello and sings; as well as Ffion Mair Thomas, who is the lead singer but also plays whistle and bodhran. Ffion Mair is also a solo singer and what’s worth mentioning on here is that she has a blog where she writes about Welsh-language folk music, and from which I myself have learned a lot about it and have already referred to her blog on here several times before. For anyone who speaks Welsh, or is into the etymology of names, or into both of these things like myself, knowing that the lead vocalist is called Ffion will make it clear why it’s called The Foxglove Trio – for those who don’t know, Ffion means foxglove in Welsh. –
This song is originally about two girls from Perth who, trying to avoid the plague that was raging around there at the time, built a hut for themselves that they isolated in for fear of getting infected. In the end though, they caught it from Mary’s boyfriend who brought them food. The Foxglove Trio’s version is a bit different in that it doesn’t really focuses so much on the plague as such, and is from the perspective of the boy, who can’t quite make up his mind which of the two girls he loves or which one he loves more, until they both finally die because of the plague. The song is finished with an Irish tune called Morrison’s jig composed by Maurice Carmody.