The Incidental Music

Thanks to Peter for these images of the Album artwork


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The Incidental Music LP.
Compiled by Nik on the 16 August 2004.

With thanks to Paul Marshall for providing the MP3 files

The LP's Title was, "Follyfoot", "Theme and Incidental Music from the Series.

It was recorded by, The Settlers, The Patrick Michael Orchestra and The New Concert Orchestra. Again, like the Single it was on York Records - York BYK 715.
The Track list is as follows:

Side One.
1.The Lightning Tree. (S. Francis)

2.Follyfoot Suite 1 (R. Sharples)

3.The Paddle Wheeler (Drama in Strings) (D. Farnon)

4.Follyfoot Suite 2 (R. Sharples)

5.The Parting (D. Farnon)

6.Meadow Mist (T. Duncan)

Side Two.
1.Follyfoot Suite 3 (R. Sharples)

2.The Reunion (D. Farnon)

3.Wednesday’s Child (D. Farnon)

4.The Journey (D. Farnon)

5.Unwanted Theme From “The Boy” (T. Duncan)

6.Open Country (D. Farnon)

7.Follyfoot Suite 4 (R Sharples)

8.A Tender Heart (D. Farnon).


"From the success of Yorkshire Television's award winning series "Follyfoot", in Britain and the twenty other countries in which it has been screened, evolved an extraordinary interest in the introductory and incidental music.

It is therefore with great pleasure that I am in some way able to pay tribute to the talents and skills of Stephen Francis, Robert Sharples, Trevor Duncan and Dennis Farnon whose scores have complemented this series so beautifully."

The above quote was written in 1973 by Tony Essex - Executive Producer of Follyfoot.



Above is the full score for Meadow Mist - A Pastoral Soliloquy which I got out of Boosey & Hawks the music publishers, also back in the 70s. This is one of the feature pieces of incidental music from the series, and a great feature of the Follyfoot music LP. The funny thing is that until I sat down to scan it I thought it had been written especially for Follyfoot. Now I see it was written in 1954 by Trevor Duncan (1924-2005).

"Trevor Duncan's most famous works are mainly classed in the light music category. As well as those mentioned above, these include Children in the Park, 20th Century Express, Sixpenny Ride, Wine Festival and Meadow Mist".

All the parts are there from piano/conductor through three violins and the rest of the strings to oboe, flute, clarinet and harmonium. Handy if we have any musicians amongst the web site readers.


The Steve Hodson Single.

Compiled by Nik on the 16 August 2004.

The Steve Hodson Single was written in 1972 by Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gee’s fame and Billy Lawrie, Lulu‘s Brother.

The band personnel are not known, however Steve Hodson did the Lead Vocals on both the A and B sides.

The A side was Titled “Crystal Bay", and was Recorded by Steve Hodson and Produced by Jack Winsley and Bob Saker for York Records in 1973 in the U.K.



The B side was called “A San Diego Day” and was recorded around the same time.

Steve Hodson made this record for Yorkshire Television on their label York. Maurice had some connection with the record producers (Winsak Productions), and played bass on Saker's 1972 album, but it's not known whether he played on this one. The B side is by Winsley and Saker.

This was one of the last collaborations that Billy Lawrie did with Maurice and coincided with Maurice's separation from Billy's sister Lulu.

There was no follow up single from Steve, an album was planned but it was never released.


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The Settlers Music

The Theme and Single.
Compiled by Nik on the 16 August 2004.

The Lightning Tree theme music was written by Steven Francis for the Series and it was performed by a male/female vocal/instrumental group called the Settlers.
It was a hit in the U.K. and reached number 36 on 16th October 1971 and stayed in the chart for 5 weeks.


Lightning Tree Lyrics:-

Down in the meadow where the wind blows free, in the middle of a field stands a lightning tree.
Its limbs all torn from the day it was born for the tree was born in a thunderstorm.

Grow, grow, the lightning tree, it's never too late for you and me;
Grow, grow, the lightning tree, never give in too easily.

Down in the meadow where the wind blows light, the lightning struck in the middle of the night.
Limbs stripped bare by the lightning flare the lightning flare was a wild affair.


Down in the meadow where the wind blows cold, the lightning tree stands stiff and old.
Branches bent when the lightning rent the lightning rent from the firmament.


Down in the meadow with the wind in the west, the lightning tree faced up to the test.
Its heart went snap when it took the rap, the terrible rap of the thunder clap.

Down in the meadow when the wind blows free, a whispering breeze in the lightning tree.
Dreams come true if you want them to if you want them to, then it's up to you.



Thanks to Andrew for this clip


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Other Settlers Music:

Settlers LP Call Again Marble Arch Mal 1226
Settlers LP Lightning Tree York FYK 405
Settlers LP Settlers Alive Columbia SCX 6381
Settlers LP Sing Out Decca LK 4645
Settlers S Major to Minor Pye 7N 17375
Settlers S On the Other Side Pye 7 N17213

The Track Listing for the 1972 LP Lightning Tree is as follows:


"Speech extract from "I HAVE A DREAM""


Click the link below to read a translation by Paul E of a Settlers article in Bravo Magazine

They sing the Follyfoot song


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