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Dashing away with the smoothing iron

First line:
'Twas on a Monday morning
traditional Somerset
author of text

If the theme of the forsaken lover is the epitome of folksong, its polar opposite is relished in Dashing away with the smoothing iron, the beloved being admired on a daily basis as her chores haste to fruition. ‘Prosper thou our laundry work’, as Michael Flanders might have observed; indeed, Donald Swann admitted drawing heavily on the Somerset song in 1963 for The gasman cometh, subtitled ‘A ballad of unending domestic upheaval’. The rich seam of parodied folksong continues to flourish, from Flanders & Swann’s ‘bonny army lorry’ to Dudley Moore’s wickedly hilarious lampooning of Britten’s impeccable arrangements, references that were immediately recognisable in their time. Remarkably, this appears to be the first recording of the ingenious setting by John Byrt, written in 1971 for Andrew Parrott and the Schola Cantorum of Oxford.

from notes by Andrew Plant © 2019


The last rose of summer
Studio Master: SIGCD598Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 7 on SIGCD598 [2'33] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD598 track 7

Recording date
28 September 2016
Recording venue
Ascot Priory, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Matthew Bennett
Recording engineer
Dave Rowell
Hyperion usage
  1. The last rose of summer (SIGCD598)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: September 2019
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