June Tabor – The King of Rome

June Tabor - Aqaba

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As the Ryder Cup golfers try to finish their rain decimated tournament, I shall post a song that tells the story of another rain affected sporting event – The King of Rome. It may be that the song is a bit over-sentimental, but that said I love it and June Tabor’s version takes some beating.

The song, written by Derby born folk singer Dave Sudbury, tells the true story of a pigeon race that took place in 1913. The birds were released in Rome to head back to their respective homes but the race was badly affected by a storm and most of the birds were killed or lost. One bird that did finally make it home belonged to Charlie Hudson, a “working man” from Derby. The pigeon in question has been stuffed and is held in the collection of the Derby Museum and Art Gallery.

Posting this song gives me the opportunity to point you in the direction of Jon Boden’s project A Folk Song a Day. This blog does what it says on the tin; that is record and post a folk song every day for a whole year. Jon posted his version of The King of Rome on September 5th.

June Tabor – The King of Rome

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  1. No Folk In Italy

    Haven’t heard this for more than 20 years. Takes me back to days hanging around the Chesterfield folk scene (tho’ never with June Tabor, unfortunately). Thanks.

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