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I'm very pleased to be able to announce our second collaboration with Mike Yates - another double CD containing a selection of otherwise unavailable songs and tunes from his collection, recorded 1964-2000 ... nineteen of which have never before been released.
The two CDs contain 53 tracks, running time 148 minutes, and are accompanied by a 36 page A5 booklet They cost just £16.00. See our Records page to order. As usual, the complete Booklet Notes are presented as an Article on the site.
|Tracklist: CD One|
|1 - A Single Life||Harry Upton|
|2 - The Wreck of the Northfleet||.. ..|
|3 - The Feckless Young Girl||.. ..|
|4 - Canadee-I-O||.. ..|
|5 - Giles Collins *||Jacquey Gabriel|
|6 - The Basket of Eggs||Bob Blake|
|7 - The Grey Hawk||.. ..|
|8 - Our Sheepshearing's Done||.. ..|
|9 - Dorsetshire George *||.. ..|
|10 - Buttered Peas *||Harry Cockerill|
|11 - Two Unnamed Jigs *||.. ..|
|12 - Lady of the Lake *||.. ..|
|13 - Sing Ovy, Sing Ivy||Tom Newman|
|14 - The Tree in the Wood||.. ..|
|15 - There Was a Lady Dressed in Green *||Vickie Whelan|
|16 - The Sailor's Alphabet||Johnny Doughty|
|17 - Dick Turpin / Let Her Go Back||.. ..|
|18 - My Boy Billy||.. ..|
|19 - Johnny Armstrong *||Willie Beattie|
|20 - The Dowie Dens o' Yarrow *||.. ..|
|21 - Kinmont Willie *||.. ..|
|22 - The Brundenlaws *||.. ..|
|23 - Jolly Jorge||Bill Dore|
|Tracklist: CD Two|
|1 - Cut Away Mike||George Spicer|
|2 - Blackberry Fold||.. ..|
|3 - Henry, My Son||.. ..|
|4 - Searching for Young Lambs||.. ..|
|5 - The Lily-White Hand||.. ..|
|6 - My Old Man *||.. ..|
|7 - The Fox and the Grey Goose||Freda Palmer|
|8 - Oxford City||.. ..|
|9 - Up in the North||.. ..|
|10 - William & Mary||.. ..|
|11 - As I Was a-Walking||.. ..|
|12 - Broken Down Gentleman||Bill Whiting|
|13 - I'm Going to the Woods||.. ..|
|14 - Knife in the Window *||.. ..|
|15 - Huntsman's Chorus *||Harry Cockerill|
|16 - Varsovienne *||.. ..|
|17 - Barndance Medley *||.. ..|
|18 - The Spotted Cow||Frank Hinchliffe|
|19 - Sheffield Park||.. ..|
|20 - It Hails, It Rains||.. ..|
|21 - The Golden Glove||.. ..|
|22 - Green Mossy Banks of the Lea||.. ..|
|23 - Nobleman & Thresherman||.. ..|
|24 - Nothing Else to Do||.. ..|
|25 - Poor Roger is Dead *||Walter Pardon|
|26 - The Aylesbury Girl||Jack Goodban|
|27 - The Shannon Frigate||.. ..|
|28 - The Farmer in Cheshire *||Jimmy McBeath|
|29 - Down on the Magdalen Green *||.. ..|
|30 - A Comic Song *||.. ..|
* Tracks with an asterisk are previously unreleased.
An EFDSS Press Release appears to be a little worried - here are some of the more important details:
I'm very pleased to announce that Alan's worries of Root Source disappearing are completely unfounded. Root Source (the new name for the Folk Directory - a regular EFDSS publication for over 35 years) is healthy and thriving. We have taken the decision to publish in an internet-based format for three reasons - firstly for cost, secondly for breadth of access, and thirdly so that it can be updated much more often than an annual paper-based directory. Anyone with access to a public library or educational establishment can now access the internet, and find the most up-to-date folk information they need.They are also alarmed that misconceptions regarding the fate of their new CEO, Phil Wilson, are circulating:
Our new domain name - www.rootsource.co.uk - is active and working, and you will find the EFDSS Folk Festivals Listing there at the moment. Within the next few weeks, we will be putting up our Root Source Database - compiled from information submitted to EFDSS. This database will be fully searchable, and frequently updated. It has far too many categories for me to list here, but if you drop by the site you can see for yourself what is planned.
For those who have not seen the EFDSS press release on recent staff changes - may I rectify Alan's misunderstanding in saying that Phil Wilson has left EFDSS? Phil is still very much an active part of the organisation as the Strategic Director, and there is a new Chief Officer in the person of Tim Walker - whilst the job titles have changed, the commitment to excellence in the field of folk has not.
Louis Watson Chappell made these recordings in 1947 towards the end of a decade of collecting West Virginian traditional music - the resulting 647 aluminium discs he made are all in the WVU Sound Archive and will form the backbone of future CD releases from the label, together with other similar collections of recordings.
Their latest offering, due to be released in May 2001, is a CD of Johnny Johnson, another superb fiddler whom Professor Chappell recorded in the same week as Hammons! Edden had lived a backwoods life largely unaffected by modern musical styles, and since he was recorded as an old man, his music gives us a fascinating window back to 19th century fiddling practice. Johnson, on the other hand, was only 30 when the discs were cut ... he was at the height of his powers and considered to be 'the hottest damn fiddler in the history of West Virginia'.
A brief sketch of the man and the recordings - together with several extensive sound clips from a pre-production version of the CD - is now available on this site. The finished CD will be available from us about a month in advance of the release date.
MT is extremely pleased and excited at having been selected to make this wonderful music available in the UK.
Paul was a master of several instruments especially the flute, concertina and the harmonica. His playing of slow airs was very highly regarded. This was all lost in 1996 when a stroke meant he could no longer play the flute, his favourite instrument.
As a repairer and restorer he had no equal - he was a true master of the art. Many an old instrument was brought back to use through his artistry.
His remains will be cremated on Tuesday 30/1/01 in York Crematorium. He was 60 years of age and is survived by his wife, Turbid and son, Magnus. He had many friends in Irish music and was a great supporter of young musicians.
Irish traditional music and its players were lucky to have had such a good friend.
Alan O'Leary - 27.1.01
Almost 2.5 million recorded items are listed and the catalogue is updated daily ... but before you get too excited I have to tell you that this is all data, not actuality - you can find out if they have what you want to hear, but you still have to traipse up the Smoke to actually hear it. Still, you can at least book your listening session direct from the site while you're there.
Chris Clark, head of Public Services at the NSA says 'In the longer term we will add links from the catalogue to digitised copies of the recordings, making the collections even more accessible, where we have secured the right to do so.' He does not define 'longer term'. Still, it is a start, and a very well implemented one. Try out www.cadensa.bl.uk and see what you think. It has to be rather better than an automated voice-mail system!
Rod Stradling - 25.1.01
This is another double CD publication, made up of practically all the recordings Brian Matthews made in five Sussex pubs in 1960 and the last couple of months of 1959. Performers include Pop Maynard, Brick Harber, Jim Wilson, George Spicer, Harry Holman, Cyril Phillips, Scan Tester, Louie Saunders (Fuller), and a previously unheard Traveller singer Sarah Porter and other members of her family. There are 51 tracks, all of which are previously unpublished (except for the Pop Maynard tracks which also appeared on his 'special' MT release of November in an un-cleaned form). As usual, the complete booklet notes are available as a Article in the magazine. I am very pleased to be able to publicly thank MT Friend Chris Hickson for his generous sponsorship of the production costs of these CDs.
The track list is as follows:
|1 - Barbara Allen||Jim Wilson|
|2 - The Cunning Cobbler||George Spicer|
|3 - Young Maria (Jealousy)||Louie Saunders|
|4 - Lansdown Fair||‘Pop’ Maynard|
|5 - What is the Life of a Man||Harry Holman|
|6 - A Bricklayer Bold||‘Brick’ Harber|
|7 - Do You Want Us to Lose the War?||Bill Porter|
|8 - The Oak and the Ash||Jack Arnoll|
|9 - The Lakes of Coldflynn||Scan Tester|
|10 - My Lot Took the Cake||‘Pop’ Maynard|
|11 - The Wind Across the Wild Moor||Sarah Porter|
|12 - Rigs of London Town||Jim Wilson|
|13 - The Folkestone Murder||George Spicer|
|14 - The Pride of Kildare||‘Pop’ Maynard|
|15 - The Nobleman and the Thresher||Harry Holman|
|16 - The Rest of the Day is Your Own||Cyril Phillips|
|17 - The Girl I Love So True||unknown singer|
|18 - The Poor Old Weaver’s Daughter||‘Pop’ Maynard|
|19 - Untitled Polka||Bill Agate|
|20 - Died For Love||Sarah Porter|
|21 - The Scarlet and the Blue||George Spicer|
|22 - Never Go a-Rushing||Jim Wilson|
|23 - The Week Before Easter||‘Pop’ Maynard|
|24 - The Croppy Boy||Ted and Bet Porter|
|25 - She’s Proud and She’s Beautiful||Cyril Phillips|
|26 - Down by the Seaside||‘Pop’ Maynard|
|1 - The Hobnail Boots that Father Wore||Harry Holman|
|2 - The Cabin Boy and the Lady Gay||‘Brick’ Harber|
|3 - Joe the Carrier Lad||Cyril Phillips|
|4 - Down By the Deep River Side||Sarah Porter|
|5 - Patsy Flanagan||‘Pop’ Maynard|
|6 - The Bonny Bunch of Roses||Bill Porter|
|7 - The Valley of Switzerland||Harry Holman|
|8 - Rolling in the Dew||‘Pop’ Maynard|
|9 - The Bitter Withy||Sarah Porter|
|10 - Brennan on the Moor||‘Brick’ Harber|
|11 - The Volunteer Organist||George Spicer|
|12 - Brianey O’Lynn||Jim Porter|
|13 - Oxford City||‘Pop’ Maynard|
|14 - Buttercup Joe||Jim Wilson|
|15 - Once I Had a Dark Eyed Lover||Sarah Porter|
|16 - Spencer the Rover||Jim Porter|
|17 - Rumpsy Bumpsy||‘Pop’ Maynard|
|18 - The Dying Stockman||Cyril Phillips|
|19 - The Game of All Fours||Sarah Porter|
|20 - Cremona (Lamorna)||Harry Holman & ‘Pop’ Maynard|
|21 - The Young Sailor Cut Down||Harry Holman|
|22 - What D’you Think of That?||unknown singer|
|23 - The Outlandish Knight||Sarah Porter|
|24 - William Lennard||‘Pop’ Maynard|
|25 - The Dark Eyed Sailor - an ending||Scan Tester & the company|
Just Another Saturday Night costs £16 inc. p&p, and is now available from MT via our Records page.
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