Traditional and contemporary folk from the British Isles

SARAH MAKEM : THE HEART IS TRUE TSCD674

The first complete CD devoted to the influential Northern Irish Traditional singer Sarah Makem.

The Heart Is True is selected and presented by Rod Stradling from classic recordings made in the 1950s and 1960s.

1. As I Roved Out
2. The Banks of Red Roses
3. Barbara Allen
4. The Butcher Boy
5. The Canny Ould Lad
6. Caroline & the Sailor
7. Derry Gaol
8. The Factory Girl
9. Our Ship She’s Ready
10. It Was in the Month of January
11. Jackets Green
12. The Jolly Thresher
13. The Laurel Wear
14. Robert Burns and his Highland Mary
15. Mary of Kilmore
16. A Servant in her Master’s Garden
17. I Courted a Wee Girl

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I’M A ROMANY RAI TSCD672D

A two CD set of songs by Southern English Gypsy Traditional singers.

I’m A Romany Rai is selected and presented by Shirley Collins from classic field recordings made in the 1950s by Peter Kennedy.
Series Editor – Reg Hall.

Amongst he 59 historic recordings on these two discs are powerful recordings of many of the finest Southern English Gypsy traditional singers including Tom Willett, Phoebe Smith, Charlie Scamp, Sheila Smith and Rebecca Penfold. The second CD is entirely devoted to recordings of Carolyne Hughes and her family.

CD1: I Were Borned in an Old Gypsy Wagon
1. Phoebe Smith: I’m a Romany Rai
2. Tom Willett: The Roaming Journeyman
3. Janet Penfold: Won’t You Buy My Sweet Blooming Lavender?
4. Rebecca Penfold: The Banks of Sweet Primroses
5. Charlie Scamp: How Old Are You, My Pretty Fair Maid?
6. Mary Fuller: Oh, What a Life
7. Wally Fuller: The Game of Cards
8. Charlie Scamp: Come, Father, Build Me a Boat
9. Sheila Smith: Dear Father, Pray Build Me a Boat
10. Phoebe Smith: Higher Germany
11. Tom Willett: The Rose of Ardene
12. Rebecca Penfold: Meeting is a Pleasant Place
13. Jack Fuller: Briny O’Then
14. Wally Fuller: The Bold Drunkards
15. Chris Willett: The Little Ball of Yarn
16. Jack Fuller: Green Grow the Laurels
17. Rebecca Penfold: The Banks of the Sweet Dundee
18. Charlie Scamp: Young Leonard
19. Phoebe Smith: Down by the Sheepfold
20. Chris Willett: Thorny Park
21. Wally Fuller: The Bold Poachers
22. Tom & Chris Willett: Down by the Tanyard Side
23. Wally Fuller: I Am a Man That’s Done Wrong to My Parents
24. Charlie Scamp: Barbary Allen
25. Charlie Scamp: A Blacksmith Courted Me
26. Phoebe Smith: A Blacksmith Courted Me

CD2: Carolyne Hughes and her Family
1. Carolyne Hughes: The Soldier and the Lady
2. Carolyne Hughes: The Sprig of Thyme
3. Carolyne Hughes: A Blacksmith Courted Me
4. Carolyne Hughes: The London Murder
5. Carolyne Hughes & daughter: As I Was A-walking One May Summer’s Morning
6. Carolyne Hughes: Once I Had a Colour
7. Carolyne Hughes: My Father He Built Me a Shady Bower
8. Carolyne Hughes: Georgie
9. Carolyne Hughes: Young Willie
10. Carolyne Hughes: My Black Dog and Sheep Crook
11. Carolyne Hughes: If I Were a Blackbird
12. Carolyne Hughes: Down by the Old Riverside
13. Carolyne Hughes: A Wager, a Wager
14. Carolyne Hughes: The Brake of Briars
15. Carolyne Hughes: The Bird in the Bush
16. Carolyne Hughes: Flash Girls and Airy
17. Carolyne Hughes: The Game of Cards
18. Carolyne Hughes: Catch Me, Bold Rogue, If You Can
19. Celia Hughes: Jealousy Thoughts
20. John Hughes: The Long Lost Child
21. Carrie Warren: Henry My Son
22. John Hughes: Barbry Allen
23. Carolyne Hughes & Daughter: Billy Boy
24. Carolyne Hughes: The Cuckoo
25. Carolyne Hughes: Died for Love
26. Carolyne Hughes: Lord Thomas and Fair Ellender
27. Carolyne Hughes: The Little Boy
28. Carolyne Hughes: Adieu to Old England
29. Carolyne Hughes: The Butcher Boy
30. Carolyne Hughes: My Truelove Was a Sailor Lad
31. Carolyne Hughes: Meet Me Tonight in the Moonlight
32. Carolyne Hughes: Tuning
33. Carolyne Hughes: The Draggle-Tail Gypsies

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YOU NEVER HEARD SO SWEET TSCD671

A collection of songs by Southern English Traditional singers.

You Never Heard So Sweet is selected and presented by Shirley Collins from classic field recordings made in the 1950s by Peter Kennedy and Bob Copper.
Series Editor – Reg Hall.

“Courtesy of another goldmine of 1950s field recordings salvaged largely from the late collector Peter Kennedy’s archive, Reg Hall, Shirley Collins, Steve Roud and Rod Stradling have compiled a cracking new series with detailed, illuminating booklets shining a revelatory light on Britain and Ireland’s ‘old music’. Hopefully it will inspire future generations.” ★★★★ Colin Irwin, MOJO

1. Ned Adams: The Bold Princess Royal
2. Joe Spicer: Heave on the Trawl
3. Lily Cook: Caroline and her Young Sailor
4. George Maynard: Down by the Seaside
5. Noah Gillette: The Bonny Bunch of Roses O
6. Bob & Ron Copper: Birds in the Spring
7. George Burton: The Pretty Ploughboy
8. Lily Cook: The Lark in the Morning
9. Luther Hills & Mark Fuller: Dame Durden
10. Jim Barrett: Spencer the Rover
11. Jim Swain: Jim the Carter Lad
12. Turp Brown: Six Jolly Miners
13. Fred Hewett: While Jones’s Ale Was New
14. Mrs. Hewett: Old Johnny Buckle
15. George Attrill: The Broken-Down Gentleman
16. George Maynard: Cloddy Banks
17. Enos White: The Bold Dragoon
18. Jim Copper: Lemany
19. Gladys Stone: Deep in Love
20. Luther Hills with Mark Fuller: The Foggy Dew
21. George Spicer: The Folkestone Murder
22. Harry Upton: Canadee-i-o
23. Lottie Chapman: The Silver Pin
24. Frank Cole: The Bold Trooper
25. Albert Beale: The Moon Shines Bright

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GOOD PEOPLE, TAKE WARNING TSCD673T

A three CD collection of Ballads sung by British and Irish Traditional Singers.

Good People, Take Warning is presented and selected by the noted folklorist Steve Roud from classic recordings made in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
Series editor: Reg Hall

The emphasis in the presentation of the Voice Of The People series has been weighted towards the social lives and values of the performers. This volume, however, focuses on the history and meaning of the songs. It wasn’t thought necessary by field collectors in the 1950s to enquire very deeply into the family and social background of the singers they were recording, with the consequence that they very often documented only with thumbnail sketches.

CD1
1. Bob & Ron Copper: The Bold Fisherman
2. Jean Elvin: The Boston Smuggler
3. Maggie Chambers: Doran’s Ass
4. Bess Cronin: Molly Bawn
5. Paddy Doran: Seven Yellow Gypsies
6. Ben Butcher: In Sheffi eld Park
7. Maggie Stewart: The Braes o’ Strathblane
8. Phil Tanner: The Bonny Bunch of Roses
9. Jeannie Robertson: Johnnie Cock
10. Gabriel Figg: Holloman’s Ivy
11. Sarah Makem: Carolina and the Sailor
12. Lucy Stewart: The Jolly Beggar
13. Thomas Moran: The Blind Beggar’s Daughter
14. Jim O’Neill: Her Mantle So Green
15. Mick McAlinden: My Father’s Serving Boy
16. Maureen Melly: The Trip over the Mountain
17. Sam Larner: The London Steamer
18. Phoebe Smith: The Oxford Girl
19. Margaret Jeffrey: When I Was a Young Maid

CD2
1. Jean Elvin: Blooming Caroline
2. Harry Cox: The Crabfish
3. Bess Cronin: Barbara Allen
4. Mary Toner: Jogging up to Claudy
5. Harry List: The Light Dragoon
6. Dodie Chalmers: The Golden Victory
7. Gladys Stone: Her Servant Man
8. Seamus Ennis: Captain Wedderburn
9. Sarah Makem: Our Ship She’s Ready
10. Paddy McCluskey: Willie and Mary
11. Lucy Stewart: Two Pretty Boys
12. Jim Copper: You Seamen Bold
13. Jean Mathew: The American Stranger
14. Paddy Grant: McCaffery
15. Thomas Moran: The Blind Man He Could See
16. Ethel Findlater: The Maid of the Cowdie and Knowes
17. Harry Upton: The Wreck of the Northfleet
18. Mary Doran: Oxford City
19. Joe Thomas: The Banks of Sweet Dundee
20. Dot Foubister: The Brig Columbus
21. Michael Gallagher: The Devil and the Bailiff
22. Jim O’Neill: The Moorlough Shore
23. Charlotte Higgins: Lord Bateman

CD3
1. Maggie Chambers: The Banks of the Silvery Tide
2. Bob & Ron Copper: The Hungry Fox
3. Lucy Stewart: The Twa Sisters
4. Thomas Moran: Handsome Polly
5. Peter Donnelly: John McCann
6. Togo Crawford: The Gates o’ the Drum
7. Mary Anne Stewart: The Dowie Dens o’ Yarrow
8. Harry Cox: The Squire and the Gypsy
9. Emily Bishop: Blow the Windy Morning
10. Joseph Higgins: The Banks of the Bann
11. Michael Gallagher: Hiring Time
12. Jean Mathew: The Bleacher Lassie
13. Joe Moran: Willie Lennix
14. Sam Larner: Pretty Polly
15. Bess Cronin: Well Sold the Cow
16. Fred Jordan: Six Pretty Maids
17. George Bloomfield: Young George Oxbury
18. Mary McGarvey: Young but Growing
19. Leslie Johnson: Butter and Cheese and All

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FOUR NEW VOICE OF THE PEOPLE VOLUMES (2012)

Drawn from recordings made during the 1950s and 60s these four volumes capture the music making of working people. This is the home-spun art and entertainment that enriched the lives of working people in pubs and cottages, in social clubs and village halls and on the street, and was made “by people with dirt under their finger nails.” This is music that has been largely ignored by the vagaries of the commercial recording industry. The emphasis in the presentation of this series has been weighted towards the social lives and values of the performers.

Series Editor Reg Hall has chosen individual experts to select and compile these four volumes – Shirley Collins, Steve Roud and Rod Stradling.

TSCD671 YOU NEVER HEARD SO SWEET : Songs by Southern English Traditional Singers.
Selected and presented by Shirley Collins from classic recordings made in the 1950s by Peter Kennedy and Bob Copper
TSCD672D I’M A ROMANY RAI : Songs by Southern English Gypsy Traditional Singers.

Selected and presented by Shirley Collins from classic recordings made in the 1950s by Peter Kennedy
TSCD673T  GOOD PEOPLE, TAKE WARNING : Ballads by British and Irish Traditional Singers.
Selected and presented by Steve Roud from classic recordings made in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s
TSCD674  SARAH MAKEM : The Heart Is True

Classic recordings of this important Northern Irish Traditional singer selected and presented by Rod Stradling

“Topic’s original 20-volume The Voice Of The People series in 1998 provided a plethora of superb material for UK folk’s productive new wave to gorge on. Now, courtesy of another goldmine of 1950s field recordings salvaged largely from the late collector Peter Kennedy’s archive, Reg Hall, Shirley Collins, Steve Roud and Rod Stradling have compiled a cracking new series with detailed, illuminating booklets shining a revelatory light on Britain and Ireland’s ‘old music’. Hopefully it will inspire future generations… Magnificent” ★★★★ Colin Irwin, MOJO

“The Voice Of The People is the most important and rewarding series of British folk song recordings ever issued.” fRoots Magazine

★★★★★ Songlines    ★★★★★ Record Collector   ★★★★ Q   ★★★★ MOJO