The Poor Ditching Boy (Richard Thompson)

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    This is a song by Richard Thompson, from his first solo album "Henry The Human Fly" in 1972, which I have played as an instrumental cover on mandolin and tenor guitar. Melody and chord progression from the transcription in the offical "Richard Thompson Songbook: Vol. 1" by Maartin Allcock.

    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar

    I have done a couple more Thompson songs over the weekend, which I'll post separately.

  2. Frithjof
    A nice slow tune. Well done, Martin.
  3. John Kelly
    John Kelly
    You have certainly been on Thompson journey this weekend, Martin. All fine interpretations and arrangements.
  4. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thanks, Frithjof and John!

    Christian had asked in the other thread about the sources of the three RT songs I've recorded this weekend. "The Poor Ditching Boy" has been frequently re-surfaced since the original 1972 studio recording.

    Here is RT's original 1972 studio recording:

    His 2017 re-recording on the album "Acoustic Rarities" (which includes RT playing a mandolin break!):

    And a very different-sounding cover version by Solas:

  5. Ginny Aitchison
    Ginny Aitchison
    I enjoyed this one very much Martin. Is the sheet music available somewhere??
  6. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thanks, Ginny. It's fun to play on mandolin -- one of those tunes that falls into place if you sing along with Thompson's phrasing in your head.

    I was using the official songbook, which is still available directly from Thompson's US online shop here:

    It's good but pretty expensive. If you only want this one song, it's cheaper from here (same arrangement as the book as far as I can tell from the preview):

  7. Ginny Aitchison
    Ginny Aitchison
    Thanks Martin. I use musicnotes a lot.
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