John Tams‘ adaptation (including new lyrics) of an old English folk tune, “Over The Hills And Far Away“, became one of the theme songs of the series, and quite a popular hit besides. He co-wrote the music for the series as well as acting the role of Daniel Hagman in many of its movies.
I thought readers might enjoy learning a bit more about that song. It goes way back to pre-Renaissance times. The oldest version I could find on YouTube performs it as it was known in the 1600’s.
The song has long had a martial tradition, associated with soldiers leaving home to go and fight in foreign wars. Here’s a modern instrumental rendition by the band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
And to conclude, here’s the man who re-popularized the tune for all of us. John Tams sings his version of the song from the “Sharpe” movies before a live audience.
The collected music of the “Sharpe” series was released as a CD in 1996, and is still available (albeit expensive). There are also several of John Tams’ albums and songs, which lovers of English folk music will enjoy.