The Posy Rhyme

from by Jackie Oates

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This song is taken from a song collection known as The Chime Child by Ruth L. Tongue (1898-1981). Tongue believed herself to be a ‘chime child’ - a person born at the exact ringing of the church bell and therefore possessing psychic powers. She collected songs of 'magical lore' from country people happy to divulge them to her.

She says of this song; 'we children sang this calendar-dance in Calmington Meadows forming a slow circle with an in-and-out walking step and swinging of arms'. It is an old Somerset saying, that if you can put your foot on twelve daisies at once, then spring has really come.


from Lullabies, released March 18, 2013



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Jackie Oates Wallingford, UK

Jackie Oates is a singer and fiddle player hailing from Staffordshire. Her unique treatment of English ballads and songs, and pure, haunting singing style has attracted increasing attention.

She is a member of the Imagined Village collective and has released five albums - Jackie Oates, The Violet Hour (winner of two BBC Radio 2 Folk awards), Hyperboreans, Saturnine and Lullabies.
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