The Lockdown Tracks

NEW! Lockdown Bands Final Collection - the SummerSet

When the Covid 19 crisis hit, and u3a groups were prevented from meeting, eight members of the Street and Glastonbury "Music Jamming" group decided to continue to meet using video conferencing.

We realised that it was not technically feasible to play music together this way because of time lags that occur when using broadband networks.

However, we decided to keep in touch using the technology. Soon the notion emerged that we could at least exchange songs or tunes in the form of a computer file and play along with these to keep up with a limited form of practice.

This soon developed to the notion that by playing along with a backing track individuals could record their contribution in their own time, send the sound file to the master-mixer* who then merged all the files centrally, producing the final track.


From this emerged "How Jammy – The Lockdown Tracks". Several play-along-tracks were created from our existing portfolio, and members of the group contributed one or more tracks to the tunes selected.

We chose a mix of familiar and not so familiar pieces and hope that any listeners will appreciate them given the complexity, effort and time taken made by all involved in producing them. We are only a bunch of amateurs after all!

The SummerSet

1 Banks of the Ohio
2 Carrickfergus
3 Wild Mountain Thyme
4 Saddle the Pony

Lute instrumentals

1 Bear Dance for ukuleles only
2 Bear Dance for mixed instruments
3 Pastime with Good Company for mixed instruments

Our Christmas Collection: Our selection is not the usual Christmas mix. Something a little different for your enjoyment.

1 In the Fields of Frost and Snow
2 Los Peces en el Rio
3 Leise Rieselt Der Schnee
4 Drive the Cold Winter Away
5 Sussex Carol

Songs on our first CD:

1 Londonderry Air
2 Greensleeves
3 Kojo No Tsuki
4 Malaika
5 Scarborough Fair
6 Si Bheag Si Mhor
7 Planxty Fanny Power & Planxty Irwin
8 Creag Guanach (Mingulay Boat Song)


Scroll down to see the contributors and listen to the songs...

* Special thanks to Tony Martin for creating the backing tracks, and in mixing all contributions to produce the final tracks.



The S&G U3A Lockdown Band



The SummerSet...


1. Banks of the Ohio

A 19th-century murder ballad, written by unknown authors, in which "Willie" invites his young lover for a walk during which she rejects his marriage proposal. Once they are alone on the river bank, he murders the young woman.


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Contributors:

Keyboard ~ Wendy Howiantz

Guitar & Aerophone ~ Tony Martin

Harmonica ~ Pat Mead

Ukulele & Melodica ~ Andy Pickford


2. Carrickfergus

An Irish folk song, named after the town of Carrickfergus in County Antrim. The origins of the song are unclear, but the melody has been traced to an Irish-language song, "Do Bhí Bean Uasal" ("There Was a Noblewoman"), which is attributed to the poet Cathal Buí Mac Giolla Ghunna, who died in 1756.


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Contributors:

Guitar ~ Tony Martin

Keyboard ~ Wendy Howiantz

Harmonica ~ Pat Mead

Ukulele, Melodica & Accordian ~ Andy Pickford


3. Wild Mountain Thyme

A Scottish/Irish folk song. The lyrics and melody are a variant of the song "The Braes of Balquhither" by Scottish poet Robert Tannahill. Tannahill's original song, first published in Robert Archibald Smith's Scottish Minstrel (1821–24), is about the hills (braes) around Balquhidder near Lochearnhead.


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Contributors:

Flute ~ Martha Langley

Keyboard ~ Wendy Howiantz

Harmonica & Vocals ~ Pat Mead

Vocals ~ Tony Martin

Accordian & Melodica ~ Andy Pickford


4. Saddle the Pony

This is an old Irish jig, also known as 'A Draught of Ale'.


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Contributors:

Guitar & Aerophone ~ Tony Martin

Keyboard ~ Wendy Howiantz

Melodica ~ Andy Pickford


Our Lute Instrumentals...


1. Bear Dance for Ukuleles

Anonymous (c.1500-1600) A traditional European tune, possibly of Flemish origin.


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Contributors:

Baritone Ukulele ~ Tony Martin

Ukulele ~ Pat Mead

Ukulele ~ Andy Pickford


2. Bear Dance for mixed instruments

Anonymous (c.1500-1600) A traditional European tune, possibly of Flemish origin.


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Contributors:

Baritone Ukulele ~ Tony Martin

Keyboard (Lute & Piano) ~ Wendy Howiantz

Ukulele ~ Pat Mead

Ukulele & Melodica ~ Andy Pickford


3. Pastime with Good Company for mixed instruments

This was written by Henry VIII. It is regarded as the most famous of his compositions, and it became a popular song in England and other European countries during the Renaissance. It is thought to be written for Catherine of Aragon. Also known as "The King's Ballad".


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Contributors:

Aerophone (oboe) & Guitar ~ Tony Martin

Keyboard (Period sounds) ~ Wendy Howiantz

Ukulele & Mandolin ~ Pat Mead


Our Christmas Collection...


1. In the Fields of Frost and Snow

An English, Air and Country Dance Tune. The melody dates to 1710.


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Contributors:

Vocals & Guitar ~ Tony Martin

Flute ~ Martha Jay

Concertina ~ Kate Stokes

Ukulele ~ Pat Mead

Keyboard ~ Wendy Howiantz

Accordion & Melodica ~ Andy Pickford


2. Los Peces en el Rio

One of the most popular Christmas carols written in Spanish, although it is little known outside of Spain and Latin America. It draws a contrast between the fishes in the river, who are excited about the birth of the baby Jesus, and the Virgin Mary, who goes about doing the chores of daily life.


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Contributors:

Guitar ~ Tony Martin

Flute & Vocals ~ Martha Jay


3. Leise Rieselt Der Schnee

This is one of the most famous Christmas songs in the German language. It is a folk tune composed in 1895 by Eduard Ebel.


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Contributors:

Ukulele & Glockenspiel ~ Tony Martin

Flute, Ukulele & Vocals ~ Martha Jay

Concertina ~ Kate Stokes

Ukulele & Vocals ~ Pat Mead

Vocals ~ Carol Martin

Accordion & Melodica ~ Andy Pickford


4. Drive the Cold Winter Away

This is a 17th century ballad which appeals to all to put aside differences, forget old wrongs, and to sing, dance, eat, drink and play together. There was good reason for a Christmas truce in the 17th century, a time of bitterly cold winters, religious division and civil war.


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Contributors:

Vocals, Guitar & Aerophone ~ Tony Martin

Keyboard & Ukulele ~ Wendy Howiantz

Concertina ~ Kate Stokes

Ukulele ~ Pat Mead


5. Sussex Carol

This is a popular carol in Britain, and is sometimes referred to by its first line "On Christmas night all Christians sing". Its words were first published by Luke Wadding, in the 17th-century.


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Contributors:

Guitar ~ Tony Martin

Concertina ~ Kate Stokes

Flute & Ukulele ~ Martha Jay

Harmonica ~ Pat Mead

Accordion & Melodica ~ Andy Pickford


Our first CD collection...


1. Londonderry Air

The title of the air came from the name of County Londonderry, and was collected by Jane Ross of Limavady in the county.

The tune was adopted for the song "Danny Boy"


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Contributors:

Chorus (keyboard) ~ Wendy Howiantz

Violin & Flute (aerophone) ~ Tony Martin

Ukulele ~ Pat Mead

Ukulele ~ Andy Pickford


2. Greensleeves

A traditional English folk song. A broadside ballad by the name "A Newe Northen Dittye of ye Ladye Greene Sleves" was registered by Richard Jones at the London Stationer's Company in September 1580, and the tune is found in several late-16th-century and early-17th-century sources.


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Contributors:

Keyboard ~ Wendy Howiantz

Oboe & Strings (aerophone) ~ Tony Martin

Mandolin ~ Pat Mead

Melodica ~ Andy Pickford

Baritone Ukulele ~ Tony Martin


3. Kojo No Tsuki

"The Moon over the Ruined Castle" is a Japanese song.

Japanese pianist and composer Rentarō Taki composed the music as a music lesson song without instrumental accompaniment in 1901


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Contributors:

Keyboard ~ Wendy Howiantz

Flute (aerophone) ~ Tony Martin

Guitar ~ Tony Martin

Guitar ~ Pat Mead

Recorder ~ Pat Mead

Melodica & Accordion ~ Andy Pickford


4. Malaika

Malaika is a Swahili song written by Tanzanian musician Adam Salim in 1945.

This song is possibly the most famous of all Swahili love songs in Tanzania, Kenya and the entire East Africa.


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Contributors:

Vocals ~ Martha Jay

Guitar ~ Tony Martin

Bass Ukulele ~ Michael Turner-Welch

Ukulele ~ Pat Mead

Ukulele ~ Andy Pickford


5. Scarborough Fair

The song lists a number of impossible tasks given to a former lover who lives in Scarborough, North Yorkshire.

The melody is in Dorian mode and is very typical of the middle English period. It was recorded by a number of musicians in the twentieth century.


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Contributors:

Flute ~ Martha Jay

Violin & Choir (aerophone) ~ Tony Martin

Guitar, Ukulele & Mandolin ~ Pat Mead

Baritone Ukulele ~ Tony Martin

Melodica & Ukulele ~ Andy Pickford


6. Si Bheag Si Mhor

It is usually attributed to blind harpist and singer Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) as his first composition, which he wrote to the tune of "The Bonnie Cuckoo".


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Contributors:

Keyboard ~ Wendy Howiantz

Flute ~ Martha Jay

Guitar ~ Tony Martin

Ukulele ~ Pat Mead

Ukulele ~ Andy Pickford


7. Planxty Fanny Power
& Planxty Irwin

Two songs composed by Turlough O'Carolan,(1670 – 1738).
He was a blind Celtic harper, composer and singer in Ireland.
A "planxty" is a piece of music in free form usually written for someone,
eg "For Irwin"

Planxty Fanny Power

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Planxty Irwin

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Contributors:

Flute ~ Martha Langley

Ukulele, Aerophone, Guitar ~ Tony Martin

Concertina ~ Kate Stokes

Ukulele ~ Pat Mead

Accordion & Melodica ~ Andy Pickford


8. Creag Guanach

This is the tune for the Mingulay Boat Song.


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Contributors:

The Lockdown Band!