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Genre: folk, jazz, folk-jazz
About "THREE SHIRES HEAD"
'Folk/Jazz Innovators' original Vibrant contemporary Folk themes with hints of Atkinson's previous Jazz, Swing & Blues heritage.

The Foundryman's Apprentice (Formerly Simon Atkinson & The Foundryman's Apprentice) are a four-piece line up performing the original folk-jazz style songs of singer-songwriter Simon Atkinson.

Although a performer for over 30 years including two performances at The Glastonbury Festival in 2007 & 08, Simon came relatively late to songwriting having written his first song in 2008. Performing his own material initially as a duo with guitarist Ron Rodger, Simon soon began 'collecting musicians' - calling firstly on players from his time as a Jazz & Blues vocalist.

During 2011 the first incarnation of The Foundryman's Apprentice began performing as 6 piece outfit. Together the band recorded the EP 'The Pawnbroker' released to very positive reviews in 2012 including BBC Radio 2's Paul Gambaccini "Music which should to be taken seriously"

In the following years the second incarnation of the band released the album 'A Different Kind of Love' and performed to very enthusiastic audiences at a variety of events and venues including the 2013 & 2015 Wickerman Festival and Celtic Connections.The existing "Vibrant Folky - Jazz Vibe" was further enhanced by the addition of the legendary Gypsy-Jazz Bouzouki player John Duffy and his distinctive vocals.

The Foundryman's Apprentice Line up on this track :

Simon Atkinson (lead vox /rhythm Guitar,
John Duffy ( Bouzouki/backing vox)
Martin Henderson (Bass)
Cat Atkinson(Fiddle)
Becky Crichton (Cello)
Hugh Clinton (Mandolin & Backing Vox)
Richard Hamilton (Drums)

In The words of South Queensferry Radio; " The Foundryman's Apprentice - Probably the best band you've never heard, but the future is bright"

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Words & Music (c) copyright Simon Atkinson 2020 All Rights Reserved.

THREE SHIRES HEAD

Out on the moorside he's climbing every day
Guiding his flock with his old trusty dog
As they scatter each step of the way
And the cloud hides the hilltops
Misty rain is stinging his face
Pulls his cap tightly down as the wind blows the morning away

Threads o'er the moorside, older instinct guiding his way
Listening for flock and his old trusty dog
As the cloud holds its veil on the day
Through mist down the hillside
Where no others would venture to stray
And the peat and the bog make him stagger each step of the way

To Three Shires Head
Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire meeting
At Three Shires Head
Where water is falling and salmon are spawning
The Dane growing stronger
Over Axehead she tumbles and falls
By the moors and the valleys to factories finally calls


To Three Shires Head
Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire meeting
At Three Shires Head
Where water is falling and salmon are spawning
The Dane growing stronger
Over Axehead she tumbles and falls
By the moors and the valleys to factories finally calls

Down from the Moorside, the mist is lifting by day
Guiding his flock and his old trusty dog
Though the sheep all remember the way
Through the gate by the meadow, down the track to the valley below
Where the sound of the waterfall beckons the shepherd to go

By the edge of the valley Single archway is spanning the Dane
With a whistle his dog leads the sheep over counties each day

To Three Shires Head
Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire meeting
At Three Shires Head
Where water is falling and salmon are spawning
The Dane growing stronger
Over Axehead she tumbles and falls
By the moors and the valleys to factories finally calls


To Three Shires Head
Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire meeting
At Three Shires Head
Staffordshire, Cheshire and Derbyshire meeting
Three Shires Head
Three Shires Head
Three Shires Head