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 songs, made in Devon and Cornwall, 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.) which covers our singing activities. Do head over there and have a look.
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). You can also find a number of songs from the Baring-Gould collection on our own website www.martinandshan.net.
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 EFDSS 'Take Six' website (shortly to become 'The Full English'.)
I will also continue to add to the other useful resources: links, indexes, articles and ... well, anything that I think is a good idea, really.
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. You can send me a message or ask me questions using this link. And please feel free to scribble something nice in the Guest Book.
And do enjoy your visit!