Traditional and contemporary folk from the British Isles

SHIRLEY COLLINS : English Songs WING1002

WING 1002 EP Outer Sleeve.inddAt the beginning of Shirley Collins’ recording career in 1959 she recorded a series of 7” vinyl EPs. Originally released in short press runs, these rare early recordings have been very hard to find for nearly five decades. Shirley recorded four EPs for the appropriately named Collector label. Fledg’ling Records are very proud to announce a newly re-mastered edition of ‘English Songs’ – the second of those EPs – will be released on April 18th for Record Store 2015 in a front-laminated, flipback sleeve, just like the original, and an illustrated inner bag with period reviews from the archives.

Very rare in its original form, this will be the first time this iconic record has been made available as a vinyl EP since its first release half a century ago.

Shirley Collins vocal and banjo

1 The Unquiet Grave
2 Newcastle
3 The Irish Girl
4 I Drew My Ship



BOB & RON COPPER : Traditional Songs from Rottingdean LP FLLP3097

FLLP 3097 copyIn 1963 the English Folk Dance and Song Society released an LP of unaccompanied singing that has had a tremendous influence on the folk song revivals of Britain, Ireland and the United States. The album collected together a number of recordings of Bob and Ron Copper of Rottingdean in Sussex, recordings made by the renowned folksong collector Peter Kennedy during the late 1950s.

The Copper Family can trace their roots in traditional song back at least two hundred years. Their rare southern English harmony is presented at its most outstanding in these classic performances from the 1950s and early ’60s.

To celebrate the centenary of Bob Copper’s birth, Fledg’ling Records in collaboration with the Copper Family and Topic Records are releasing a new CD edition of this seminal album. The package recreates all the original artwork and Bob Copper’s complete sleevenotes (the original EFDSS LP only contained a shortened version of the essay).

To celebrate Record Store Day 2015 on 18th April Fledg’ling Records have re-issued this iconic album as a 12″ vinyl LP. The album is packaged in a front-laminated, flipback sleeve, just like the original, and an illustrated inner bag with Bob Copper’s complete sleevenotes.

track list:
bob and ron1. Two Brethren
2. Month of May
3. Honest Labourer
4. Birds in the Sprin
5. Shepherd in Love
6. Threshing Song
7. Dame Durden
8. Season Round
9. Innocent Hare
10. Lark in the Morning
11. Hard Times of Old England
12. Spencer the Rover
13. Spring Glee
14. Good Ale
15. Babes in the Wood
16. Cupid’s Garden



SIMPSON∙CUTTING∙KERR ~ MURMURS TSCD591

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After a very successful tour and recording schedule over the last six months the wonderful new trio with Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr will release their debut album together on June 8th.

Murmurs was recorded in January this year and captures all the excitement of three master musicians having musical fun together. The album will appear on DL, CD and a limited edition Deluxe CD/DVD set. It’s a collection of songs that communicate to the listener a sense of bonded musicianship, a real feeling and empathy for each others’ playing and a collective love and innate understanding of the music. Recorded with award-winning producer Andy Bell, the combination of traditional songs, such as ‘Fair Rosamund’ and a stunning ‘Plains of Waterloo’, and original compositions, including ‘Dark Swift’ and ‘Not Even The Ground’ makes for a compelling listening experience; stories are told with instruments played by these masters of their respective crafts, but this is no showcase, more an expression of the joy of playing and singing between three absolutely intuitive musicians.

“It is so incredibly exciting. Andy and Nancy have been brilliant. The whole project is sheer joy!”

“Outrageously great album from Simpson∙Cutting∙Kerr. ‘Dark Swift & Bright Swallow’ is amazing. It’s stunning and beautiful. And timely. All things great folk should be.” Rob Cowen, author of ‘Common Ground’.

TSCD591Track list:
1   Dark Swift And Bright Swallows
2   Richmond Cotillion
3   Dark Honey
4   Fair Rosamund
5   Gather The Owls / Train On The Island
6   Toy Soldiers
7   The Cruel Mother
8   Seven Years
9   The Plains Of Waterloo
10  Lads Of Alnwick
11  Not Even The Ground / Two Ladies
12  Some Old Salty

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