Martin and Shan's recordings, websites, publications and upcoming gigs


Gigs and Talks

This list includes the gigs and talks that are confirmed at present. There are a few more in the pipeline, and we'll add them when we know they are definitely on.



30 April


British Kodaly Academy, Spring Course (Workshops and Concert on Folk Song)

10 June


Springhill Music Society

29 - 31 July

Cambridge, Ontario

Mill Race Festival

25 September

Stroud, Imperial Hotel

Concert during Stroud Folk Weekend

30 October

Exeter (Gloucester Life Museum)

Talk and Songs at the West Country Traditional Music Day

11 December


Cheltenham Folk Club (Seasonal songs) Sandford Park Alehouse, GL50 1DZ

 16 December


Black Diamond Folk Club (Seasonal Songs)  The Lamp Tavern, Barford Street, B5 6AH










  1. Songs of the West - a live recording of songs collected by Sabine Baring-Gould made in 1992 and featuring Paul Wilson, Marilyn Tucker and Martin Graebe. The programme is based on a show put together to celebrate the Centenary of the publication of 'Songs of the West' and as well as the songs, it features readings from Baring-Gould. Available from Wren (see CD is no longer available
  2. Dead Maid's Land (Wildgoose Records WGS292) - More songs from the Baring-Gould Manuscripts by Paul Wilson, Marilyn Tucker, Tim Laycock and Chris Bartram with Chris Foster and Martin Graebe. This CD has been re-mastered and is now available again from Wildgoose records ( or from Wren (see
  3. Parallel Strands (Wildgoose Records WGS 323) - Our first CD singing together. This is a mixture of songs from the Baring-Gould collection and Martin's own songs. Musicians and singers involved in the process were Keith Kendrick, Jeff Gillett, Paul Wilson, Paul Burgess, Paul Sartin, Barry Lister, Lyn Heraud and Pat Turner. The CD was produced by Doug Bailey. Click on the menu tab at the right for more details. Sold out
  4. Songs from the Golden Fleece (MTCD335-6) - Live recording of songs by singers from the Stroud Singers Club on which Martin and Shan sing separately and on one track (Christmas Lamentation) together. This CD was produced by Rod Stradling of Musical Traditions and you can see details here (including the full booklet from the CD) -
  5. Nice Warm Socks (Wren CD 008) - This is a CD of both traditional and newly composed songs that have been selected and adapted to be particularly appropriate for young children and those who have special needs, particularly those who use AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication - signing, symbols and voice output devices). For more details go here (Wren Music)
  6. Dusty Diamonds (Wildgoose WGS359CD) - A collection of songs from the manuscripts of Sabine Baring-Gould , with a couple from Cecil Sharp and two of Martin's own songs. Martin and Shan's vocals are supported by Keith Kendrick's concertinas and by the fantastic fiddling of Becki Driscoll and Nick Wyke. Click on the menu tab at the right for more details. Sold out.
  7. 32nd Annual Sea Music Festival at Mystic Seaport - We enjoyed our visit to the Sea Music Festival at Mystic, CT  in 2011 and were delighted that one of the songs we sang, Barcelona, has been included on the souvenir CD that has been released recently. It is just one of 20 tracks by some great performers. 
  8. Folk Songs in the English Folk Song Suite - Also in 1911, we met Bob Garofalo, Emeritus Professor of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America. Bob specialises in Wind Band Music and asked us to record the songs that Vaughan Williams used as the basis for his composition, English Folk Song Suite, to go with a book he was writing. This was published in 2013, details here
  9. Calm and Collected - Wildgoose WGS414CD/GR003 - A compilation of 16 songs from our two Wildgoose CDs, Parallel Strands and Dusty Diamonds, together with 3 tracks from the CD that accompanied the book Folk Songs in the English Folk Song Suite. For more information click on the tab to the right.



Martin has written a number of articles about folk song and, particularly, the work of Sabine Baring-Gould over the years.  If he had been more organised he might have a complete bibliography. No such luck! - so here are the ones that he can remember.


Magazine/Journal Articles

This is a list, by year, of the articles that Martin has had published. Several of the articles referred to here can be read on my 'Songs of the West' website,  I have not included reviews of books and CDs that I have had published, neither have I included letters. If there are any articles that you want to read and cannot get hold of please get in contact - see 'Contact' page.



'Songs of the West Rediscovered', English Dance and Song, Spring 1995,



'Devonshire Fiddling 100 Years Ago', SBGAS Newsletter, February 1998, No 26, p. 8.



A Baring-Gould Tease', SBGAS Newsletter, Oct 2000, No 34, p. 4.



'Practical joking at Hurstpierpoint', SBGAS Newsletter, June 2002, No 39, p. 10.



'A Hard Road to Travel: The folk process at work', SBGAS Newsletter, June 2003, No 42, 2003, p. 5.

'When we went A Gipsying', SBGAS Transactions, 2003, Vol. 3, p. 25 - 38.



'Baring-Gould and Gladstone', SBGAS Newsletter, , SBGAS Newsletter, June 2004, No 45, p. 8.



'Touching on Nelson: Sabine Baring-Gould on the Trafalgar Centenary', SBGAS Newsletter, Oct 2005, No. 49, p. 10.



''A Book Goes on Holiday - A Book of the Pyrenees', SBGAS Newsletter, June 2007, No. 54, p. 9.

The Source: James Parsons, English Dance and Song, Autumn 2007.

'A Book Goes on Holiday - Iceland: its Scenes and Sagas', SBGAS Newsletter, Oct 2007, No 55, p. 10.

'Working from Home - Collecting Folk songs from Lewtrenchard', SBGAS Transactions, 2007, Vol. 7, p. 21 - 33



'A Book goes on Holiday - The Land of Teck and its Neighbourhood', SBGAS Newsletter, Oct 2008, No 58, p. 17.

'Farewell Heat and Welcome Frost' (Sabine Baring-Gould's expedition to Iceland), SBGAS Transactions, 2008, Vol. 8, p14 - 33.

'Devon by Dog Cart and Bicycle: The Folk Song Collaboration of Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp, 1904-17,' Folk Music Journal, 2008 Vol. 9, No. 3, p. 292 - 348.



'The Global Baring-Gould', SBGAS Newsletter, Oct 2009, No. 61, p. 18.

'A pretty wedding gift', SBGAS Newsletter, Oct 2009. No. 61, p. 5.

'Sabine Baring-Gould and the age of electronic printing', SBGAS Newsletter, Feb 2009, No. 59, p. 11.

'A Note on Frederick Bussell', SBGAS Newsletter, October 2009, No 31, p. 5.



'Baring-Gould's First Biographer', SBGAS Newsletter, Oct 2010, No. 64, p. 8.

'Pixies, Padfoots, and Popular Antiquities', SBGAS Transactions 2010, Vol. 10, p. 51.



'A Devonshire Man Goes North', SBGAS Transactions 2011, Vol. 11, No. 4.

'Aunt Emily's Songbook', SBGAS Newsletter, Feb 2011, No. 65, p. 10.

'The Source: John Woodridge (Ginger Jack)', English Dance and Song, Spring 2011

'Gustav Holst, Songs of the West, and the English Folk Song Movement', Folk Music Journal, Vol. 10, No. 1, 2011, p. 5 - 41



'Sabine Baring-Gould's Library - past, present and future', SBGAS Transactions, Vol 13 (2013), p. 48.

'Baring-Gould in Boscastle', SBGAS Newsletter, Feb 2013, No. 71, p. 10

'Crackers and Conjuring Tricks', SBGAS Newsletter, Feb 2013, No. 71, p. 13



'Old Songs and Sugar Mice: The Story of the Remarkable Miss Mason', Folk Music Journal, Vol. 10, No. 4, p. 449 - 477

Robert Garofalo and Martin Graebe, 'Folk Songs in Ralph Vaughan Williams English Folk Song Suite', WASBE World, March 2114, Vol. 6, No. 1.

'Singer, Song and Source, - The Source: Samuel Fone', English Dance and Song, Vol. 76, No 3 (Autumn 2014), p. 9. Also contributed to 'The Song: I would that the wars were well over' in the same set of articles.

'Odd Bits from Baring-Gould', 'More Teenage Archaeology', and 'Tips from Abroad' (three short pieces), SBGAS Newsletter75, June 2014, p. 16.


'Dancing with Sabine Baring-Gould' (Research Note), Folk Music Journal, Vol. 10, No. 5, p. 637 - 643

'Baring-Gould and Me: A journey towards obsession', SBGAS Transactions, Vol. 15, p. 32 - 37.

The Mystery of 'Lew Trenchard', SBGAS Newsletter, No 79 (Oct 2015), p. 11 - 13.



'Sabine Baring-Gould's Iceland Letters', SBGAS Transactions, Vol. 16, p. 17 - 43.

'Polly Oliver's Rambles', SBGAS Newsletter, No 80 (Feb 2016), p.13 - 17. Also appears in Folklife Quarterly, No 49 (Apr 2016), p. 30 - 31.

'Forever Gould' SBGAS Newsletter, No 81 (Jun 2016), p. 6 - 8.




Sabine Baring-Gould, Iceland - It's Scenes and Sagas, Oxford: Signal Books, 2006. Foreword to this reprint of Baring-Gould's 1863 book. 

Sabine Baring-Gould, A Garland of Country Song, Llanerch: Llanerch Press, 1998. Introduction to the reprint of Baring-Gould's second folk song collection.

Ian Russell and David Atkinson (Ed.), Folk Song: Tradition Revival and Re-creation, Aberdeen: Elphinstone Institute (University of Aberdeen), 2004 - 'Sabine Baring-Gould and his old singing men', paper delivered at the conference marking the centenary of the Folk Song Society held in Sheffield in July 1998.

David Atkinson and Steve Roud, Street Ballads in Nineteenth Century Britain, Ireland, and North America, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd., 2014. 'I'd have you to buy it and learn it': Sabine Baring-Gould, his Fellow Collectors and Street Literature.

Sabine Baring-Gould, Ecclesiastica Celtica, New edition of SB-G's essays on the Celtic Church with an Introduction by Andrew Francis and a Foreword and Biographical note by Martin Graebe. (Bristol: Imagier Publishing, 2014).



Other websites related to work by Martin and Shan include:

Songs of the West - (

A collection of material about Sabine Baring-Gould including a more detailed biography, photographs, songs, bibliography, articles and other resources.


Sabine Baring-Gould Appreciation Society (SBGAS)  - (

The website for the literary society associated with SB-G.  Details and reports of events, SB-G timeline, SB-G links, photos and other good stuff. Now includes the complete set of SBGAS Newsletters from 1989 to 2011 - a very interesting and useful collection of information about Sabine Baring-Gould.


Traditional Song Forum  -  (

A group of people who are interested in studying or collecting English Traditional Song, as researchers, writers or performers.  The website includes records of Forum meetings and other events as well a number of useful resources.


Nice Warm Socks  -  (

Site dedicated to the CD and associated resources for the 'Nice Warm Socks' project, bringing songs to young people and, particularly, to those with special needs.  The site includes notes for using song to support early learning, use with AAC and other learning as well as downloadable resources such as printable song sheets (with music) and a link to symbols through Widgit Software.