We wrote this song to commemorate those courageous young men and women who stood up to Nazism in late 1930s Germany and on into the war years. Known collectively as the Edelweiss Pirates because of the metal badges they wore emblazoned with the flower, their group name in Cologne was The Navajos.
It was nice to make a return to Tonbridge Folk Club and see the club in its new home in The Flying Dutchman PH in Hildenborough near Tonbridge.
Rob and I have long wanted to play more concerts in the south-west of England and, as such, we were delighted to be invited to perform at the Highworth Folk Club near Swindon.
It was lovely to mark the start of what is going to be a busy period of performing with a return to see old friends at Reading’s Folk Club, Readifolk. The organisers at Readifolk have been amongst the very most supportive of Na-Mara since the beginning.
After many months of recording, mixing and mastering, followed by further weeks of planning and background work, the time had finally come for Rob and me to launch our new album, Sisters & Brothers.
It was a great pleasure to return for a third time to the Orpington Folk Club. The welcome there is always warm, the banter excellent and the music of a very high standard.
Rob and I arrived early, just as club organisers were setting the club room up for the evening. This gave us chance to catch up with them on all the club news.
Music: Québécois, arr. Na-Mara, Lyrics P. McNamara
Our attempt to record the universal travails of refugees was written some years ago as a counterweight to the multiplicity of songs that glorify battles and their heroes. The words are set to the tune of traditional Québécois song, Le Vieux Cheval, as performed by Le Vent du Nord.
Trad: Québécois -B Bourque, Music R. Garcia
We came across the song 'Le Moine Complaisant' on an album by Le Vent du Nord. Rob has arranged the unnamed reel that introduces the song and we have called it, simply, Québécois Reel. We follow this with Rob’s own composition, 'The Locksmith’s Reel.’
Music: Na-Mara, Lyrics P. McNamara
Penelope Phelps, later Fyvel, volunteered as a nurse with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War where she was affectionately awarded the soubriquet, The English Penny. Although badly wounded, Penny returned home and lived to a great age. This song uses her own words in an imagined conversation with a modern-day nurse to contrast the comforts of her later life with the privations she suffered during the conflict in Spain.