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Martin and Shan Graebe

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We hope that you enjoy exploring the site. If you would like to get in touch with us, then please use the contact form below.

If you have found this site useful, then you might like to have a look at our other site that deals specifically with the song collection of Sabine Baring-Gould  www.sbgsongs.org

There you will find information about that wonderful collector and a number of songs selected from his marvellous hoard.

Martin and Shan

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Latest News

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About Us

You can find out here Who we are and what we do


Discography, bibliography, and links to related websites

Parallel Strands

Sheet music, sound samples and liner notes for our 2005 CD

Dusty Diamonds

Pages for our second CD, released August 2008

As I Walked Out

Description of Martin’s book about Sabine Baring-Gould

Martin's Songbook

A Collection of songs written or set by Martin


Here you can download the hand-outs for Shan’s Voice workshops


have any questions? We’d love to hear from you. contact us here.

About US

Who we are and what we do

When Shan was a teenager, a customer in her grandfather’s South London pub, who knew she enjoyed singing, gave her four books of folk songs. They were soon marked with her notes and arrangements as she started to sing at school and church concerts, and even on BBC Radio. Her interest in song continued but family life took precedence until she started singing in public again in the late 90s.

Martin also sang at school and discovered folk music at University. He was drawn to English traditional song and started to write songs using ideas from traditional sources.

Our CDs

Parallel Strands

This recording was a long time in the making. It had been on my ‘To Do’ list for at least 5 years and I had done some planning for a solo CD but those plans had not been translated into much action.

Dusty Diamonds

For this, our second CD together, we mined the collections of Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp, for these little gems. Some of the songs are presented here for the first time since they were collected.

Calm and Collected

This CD (which is also available as a download and on ‘Spotify’) brings together 16 tracks from those CDs.  We have also added three tracks from the CD from that we recorded in 2013 to go with


‘As I Walked Out’ will clearly be the definitive historical account of Baring-Gould’s folk music collecting for a long time to come. It is also an eminently readable book, which I recommend without reservationto anyone with an interest in this extraordinary man.”

– Devonshire Association Report and Transactions


Upcoming events

12 January 2022

Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Lecture

Martin will present ‘Cotswolds Arts and Crafts and Folk Music’.
For details, go HERE

Martin’s book: As I Walked Out

As I Walked Out

Sabine Baring-Gould and the Search for the Folk Songs of Devon and Cornwall

After more years of research and miles traveled than I care to think about, my book about Sabine Baring-Gould and his quest for folk songs was published in September 2017. Lots of people have told me that they like it (thank you!) and you can read some of the things people have written about the book on the ‘Reviews’ sub-page.

I was delighted when the book was the joint winner of the W. G. Hoskins Prize, which is awarded awarded annually by the Devon History Society for books by a non-academic author that best reflect aspects of the history of Devon. My delight was doubled when it was, a few weeks later, the winner of the The ‘Katharine Briggs Folklore Award’ which is…

News & Blog

Martin’s VWML Library Lecture

January 2022 Martin will be presenting his talk ‘Cotswolds Arts and Crafts and Folk Music’ as part of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Lecture series on 12 January 2022 at 7.30 pm. This was originally planned to be a live event but will now be online. For further...

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2021 – Gone!

1 January 2022 As we look back at another year, we have to say that we had hoped for something a bit different, but can look back with some satisfaction on what we did achieve. We have not been able to hold our lovely singing session at the Twelve Bells in...

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