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The Holy City

First line:
Last night I lay a-sleeping
author of text

A barrister by profession, Fred Weatherly was one of the most prolific and successful writers of ballad lyrics. (He wrote, among many other things, the words to ‘Danny Boy’.) As for ‘Stephen Adams’, that was the pen-name of Liverpool-born Michael Maybrick, who also pursued a career as a singer under his real name. For the final twenty-five years of his life Maybrick lived at Ryde, Isle of Wight, where he was elected mayor five times. In 1889 he had been a witness in a sensational trial following the murder of his brother James, a Liverpool cotton-broker, and the case has recently attracted renewed attention with the publication of a Victorian diary supposedly identifying James Maybrick as the serial-killer, Jack the Ripper.

from notes by Andrew Lamb © 2002


Songs my father taught me


Track 12 on CDA67290 [5'07]

Track-specific metadata for CDA67290 track 12

Recording date
20 January 2001
Recording venue
Champs Hill, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Songs my father taught me (CDA67290)
    Disc 1 Track 12
    Release date: February 2002
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