Reach FairThe annual Mayday fair at Reach in Cambridgeshire is the second oldest in the country, having originally been granted to the Mayor and Burgesses of Cambridge by King John in 1201.
The SongSome time in the 1980's Philippa Spencer, a folk singer resident in the nearby village of Burwell, wrote a song about the fair. Philippa is a regular participant in a traditional music and song session which happens usually on the 1st and 3rd Sunday evening of each month at at the Dyke's End (the pub on Reach Village Green). This year, 2006, she brought the song up to date with a couple of extra verses mentioning the music in the pub, and it has been recorded, together with a tune from some of the regular sessioneers and a new recording of the Cambridge May Song from Mary Humphreys and Anahata who also take part in the music sessions.
The CDThe CD is available for sale at £5.00. We hope to have it on sale at the fair, in the "Dykes End" pub and you can also order it on line here.
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Sound ClipReach Fair - 1 verse MP3