This website describes the life and work of Sabine Baring-Gould and his song collection made in Devon and Cornwall at the end of the nineteenth century.
Sabine Baring-Gould 1834 - 1924
Welcome to the 'Songs of the West' website. The aim of the site is to publish information related to Baring-Gould's collection of traditional songs, made in Devon and Cornwall at the end of the Nineteenth Century, as well as to provide useful background information to put it into context. Though much of the content has been in place for a number of years I have updated the material as necessary (and as time has allowed.)
With Shan's help, I have continued to add to the selection of the songs that we have transcribed from the manuscripts. We are also publishing collections of songs, such as that of children's songs, that you can download. You will find them in the 'Songs' section (click on the tab on the left).
One of the most important parts of the site is the section on Baring-Gould's song manuscript collection. This contains a full description of the manuscripts, and where they can be found. The original manuscripts can now be viewed on the English Folk Dance and Song Society's 'Full English' website.
You can also find a number of songs from the Baring-Gould collection on our own website:
Here you can discover information about our concerts, talks and other public performances that we are giving, and about our CDs and books etc. Much of this is related to Baring-Gould.
There are, at the moment, a number of pages on this site that need updating. I am hoping that this will all be done by Christmas - and that it will be possible to add new songs and other material as well. Watch this space.
I always welcome your feedback - please tell me what you think. Tell me what works for you but also tell me about the things that don't work. I am removing the 'guest book' from the site, as it is attracting inappropriate comments as well as some welcome feed back. Do not, though, hesitate to send me a message or ask me questions using this link.
And do enjoy your visit!