I Sing of a Maiden


Charlotte Greig’s ‘I Sing of a Maiden’ is a raw piece of modern folklore. A rural tale of an adolescent girl’s coming of age is read by Carys Eleri with a script by Rachel Tresize and Charlotte’s haunting adaptations of traditional folk songs.

Charlotte Greig is a British novelist, singer and song-writer.
Charlotte Greig’s father was in the navy and the family travelled the world. In 1962 she attended Charsfield village school, later described in Ronald Blythe’s book ‘Akenfield’, where she learned to sing folk songs. At the age of ten she was sent to a convent boarding school , where she learned to play piano. After studying philosophy at Sussex University during the 1970s, a setting recounted in “A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy”, she worked as a music journalist in print and radio. In 1990 she presented a six-part series on BBC Radio 1 called Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow on girl groups in popular music. It was based on her own book of the same title, published in 1989.

By 1998 Greig was working for Mojo magazine, reviewing folk and country music. In the same year she issued the first of her own albums, Night Visiting Songs. It consisted of four traditional songs, with the rest written by herself. This has set the tone for her subsequent albums: acoustic understated gothic folk music. Unusually, she plays harmonium and mountain dulcimer, with occasional electronic additions. Her last four albums have been collaborations with guitarist Julian Hayman. Her main influences are Lal Waterson and Nico. She appeared on the Topic anthology A Woman’s Voice (many other anthologies exist with the same title). In 2007 her first novel, ‘A Girl’s Guide to Modern European Philosophy’ was published by Serpent’s Tail.

In 2004 she wrote a book on fifty of the world’s most notorious serial killers, entitled “Evil Serial Killers: In the Minds of Monsters” which was published in 2005 by Metro Books. The book presented key details of each crime and separated each murderer into one of fourteen categories.

SundayThis work entitled ‘Sunday’ was created by Brian Gibson while he listened to this week’s Radio Joy.

Brian Gibson was born in Newcastle upon Tyne close to Hadrians Wall. A multi layered artist and creative practitioner his current work is an exploration through the medium of photography.

Co-founder of the fanzine Deviation Street and vocalist with post punk band The MP’s Brian went on to pursue academic routes into art therapy, graphic design and sculpture.

He currently lives in Bath. “ I’m like the little piggy who stayed at home really, moving from one historic Roman site to another”

We are hoping to have more from Brian soon!


2 Responses to I Sing of a Maiden

  1. Den Browne says:

    Thoroughly absorbing mix of words & music – especially the harmonium! I hadn’t realised until now that it was Charlotte Greig who wrote “Will You Still Love me Tomorrow?” – one of my favourite music books.
    Once again a transcendent hour from Radio Joy…

  2. What a great show: a powerful play, beautifully acted with a haunting musical score that captured a moment of beauty and also evoked tradition.

    The interplay between the drama and music was perfect, each complimented the other – but existed within seperate spaces – which gave the piece a variety of different, compelling textures.

    And with my sound engineer ears on – I also appreciated the quality of the recording. Hats off to all the performers and everyone involved with Radio Joy.

    Thank you for an entertaining Sunday night as the rain poured down and the wind blew furiously. FF x