Author Archives: Tim Chesterton

About Tim Chesterton

Family man, pastor, storyteller, musician, songwriter. E-mail me at timchesterton at outlook dot com

Essential Traditional Folk Songs #4: Fairport Convention sings ‘Tam Lin’

Today we have an old Scottish ballad of the ‘fantastical’ variety. ‘Mainly Norfolk’ tells us ‘This is a truly magical ballad. It was first mentioned in The Complaynt of Scotland in 1549 but no words were published until Herd put … Continue reading

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Essential Traditional Folk Songs #3: Chris Wood sings ‘Cold, Haily, Windy Night’

This song exists in at least two main versions: ‘Cold, Haily, Windy Night’ and ‘Cold Blow and the Rainy Night’. I first heard it in the second version; it was recorded by Planxty on their 1974 album ‘Cold Blow and … Continue reading

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Essential Traditional Folk Songs #2: Maddy Prior sings ‘Dives and Lazarus’

Maddy Prior is a legend on the English folk music scene, having been the lead singer of ‘Steeleye Span’ and then gone on to front several bands of her own as well as undertaking numerous solo projects. Her website is … Continue reading

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Essential Traditional Folk Songs #1: Jean Ritchie sings ‘Barb’ry Allen’

There are many, many versions of this song, with many different tunes. Samuel Pepys knew it and referred to it in his diary in 1666 as ‘the little Scottish song Barbara Allen’. There is a good summary of its recording … Continue reading

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Meadowvale (a prequel to ‘A Time to Mend’): Chapter 32

Link back to Chapter 31 This is the first draft of a work of fiction; it will probably be revised in the not-too-distant future. It tells the story of Tom and Kelly’s marriage; readers of A Time to Mend will know that it … Continue reading

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After a Sad Day in Ottawa: Reflections by Willard Metzger

Will Metzger at Mennonite Church Canada offers these thoughts in response to yesterday’s events on Parliament Hill: After a Sad Day in Ottawa Like many Canadians I find myself in a place of sadness following the senseless violence in our … Continue reading

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Conversion and Growth (a sermon for October 19th on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

Today we start a series of New Testament readings from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, which was written to a group of people who had only been Christians for a very short time – perhaps only months. Paul and … Continue reading

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