Traditional and contemporary folk from the British Isles

MARTIN SIMPSON & FRIENDS ~ Green Onions / Willie Taylor STOP2016

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Master guitarist Martin Simpson joins forces with accordion maestro Andy Cutting and drummer Tom A. Wright (who also plays the slashing guitar stabs) on one side of this 7″ vinyl single for a storming version of classic Booker T. instrumental Green Onions.

On the other side Simpson•ŸCuttingŸ•Kerr reconvene for their first recording since the widely-lauded Murmurs album, a thrilling take on the traditional standard Willie Taylor.

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SHIRLEY COLLINS ~ English Songs volume 2 WING 1004

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At the beginning of Shirley Collins’ recording career in 1959 she recorded a series of 7” EPs for the Collector Records label. Originally released in short press runs, these rare early recordings have been very hard to find for nearly five decades.

For Record Store Day 2016, Fledg’ling Records released a newly-remastered vinyl version of ENGLISH SONGS volume 2 (the third of her Collector EPs, recorded with Robin Hall on guitar). Just like the original, this comes in a front-laminated, flipback sleeve, but with a beautiful new inner bag illustrated with rare photographs.