Johnny Todd is a Liverpool folk song most famous as the “Theme from Z-Cars” and associated with Everton F.C. and Watford F.C.
The song is known through a collector of folk songs; Frank Kidson, who heard it from Liverpool school children. This version is by Bob Roberts, a folk singer who also happens to have been the last captain of a British commercial vessel operating under sail.
I guess that’s the kind of back story that really gives a rendition some clout!
Picture courtesy of The British Library – actually of Thames bargemen; but appropriate I thought.
First encountered in this vimeo ‘A Drifting Up’ is a great introduction to Jon Hopkins; composer, producer and performer who has worked with a slew of famous and cutting edge musicians. As usual the whole album is great but this track is definitely the highlight.