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ORKNEY TSCD678

Traditional dance music from Orkney, field recordings made by Peter Kennedy in 1955.
Selected and presented by Reg Hall.

The BBC, for whom Peter Kennedy was working part-time in 1955, had more or less left Orkney alone in its recording activity, except for some recordings about local customs and beliefs made on location in 1954. At the time, Orkney was seen as being at the extreme edge of Great Britain, and was virgin territory for a music collector such as Peter, who travelled there in 1955, recording singers and musicians in informal circumstances, amassing a wealth of songs, dances and some speech excerpts that still exist, and this CD presents a representative selection of the instrumental pieces from that treasure trove of traditional music.

1  The GARSON TRIO : The Greeny Hill March
2  The GARSON TRIO : King William’s March
3  The GARSON TRIO : The Victoria Waltz
4  JOHN FRASER : Napoleon Crossing The Rhine
5  JOHN FRASER : (Jig) Rory O’More
6  JOHN FRASER : The Foursome Reel
7  JOHN FRASER : Two Wedding Marches
8  THE ANDERSON BROTHERS’ BAND : Scapa Flow
9  BILLY & JIMMY MELL : Untitled Waltz
10  The ORKNEY STRATHSPEY & REEL SOCIETY : (Hornpipes) Byrne’s / The Elk’s Festival
11  The ORKNEY STRATHSPEY & REEL SOCIETY : (Polkas) Untitled / Untitled
12  PETER PRATT : Two Quadrille Tunes
13  PETER PRATT :  Miss Brown’s Horning
14  PETER PRATT : The Morning Star
15  PETER PRATT : (Strathspey) Kitty My Navel
16  PETER PRATT : (Barndance) Paddy Carter
17  BILL GRIEVE : Bob Johnstone’s Stathspey & Reel
18  TOM THOMSON : Deerness Quadrille Tune
19  The GARSON TRIO : The Venus Polka
20  The GARSON TRIO : (Jigs) Off She Goes / Dumfries House / Unidentified
21  JIM LESLIE : The Red House
22  JIM LESLIE : The House On The Hill
23  RONNIE AIM : The Glimps Holm March
24  RONNIE AIM : Untitled March
25  The ORKNEY STRATHSPEY & REEL SOCIETY : The Grand March
26  JOHN BURGESS , MARY ORMAND & TOM THOMSON : (Strathspey) Smith’s A Gallant Fireman
27  JOHN BURGESS , MARY ORMAND & TOM THOMSON : (Two Quicksteps) Unidentified / Patience Quadrille
28  JOHN BURGESS , MARY ORMAND & TOM THOMSON : The Grand March No. 2
29  PETER PRATT : (Stathspey) Archie o’ Lamb Holm / (Pipe March) Unidentified
30  PETER PRATT : The Bride’s Reel
31  PETER PRATT : Tune for the quadrille (The Rose Tree)
32  The GARSON TRIO : (Strathspeys) The Monymusk / The Iron Man
33  The GARSON TRIO : (March) The House of Skene / (Strathspeys) The Four Stringer / MacDonald Black

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ANOTHER FOUR VOLUMES IN THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE

TOPIC Records are very proud to announce the release of four further volumes in the widely acclaimed The Voice of the People series:

TSCD675 – “Good humour for the rest of the night” Traditional Dance Music in Northumberland and Cumberland

TSCD676D The Barley Mow Field recordings and a film made in Suffolk in the 1950s (CD and DVD set)

TSCD677T The Flax In Bloom Traditional songs, airs and dance music in Ulster (3CD set)

TSCD678Orkney Traditional dance music from Orkney

Continuing Topic Records’ widely-acclaimed and seminal traditional music series, Series Editor Reg Hall has selected for the latest four volumes a range of music from the astonishing collection of field recordings made by Peter Kennedy; working part-time for the BBC and the EFDSS, Peter continued with his own recording projects, sometimes collaborating, with Seamus Ennis at the BBC, Alan Lomax and in Ulster with Sean O’Boyle, their work together presented in the third of this new set of CDs.

The geographical spread covered in these four new volumes illustrates the lengths Peter would go to in order to discover the traditional music and dance of the British Isles, and his passion in bringing these to a wider community outside the working rural communities of the people he recorded; Peter’s aim, presenting the voice of the people, is recognised and acknowledged with this essential addition of four stunning new titles to an invaluable catalogue.

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JOHN KIRKPATRICK & SUE HARRIS Facing The Music TSDL408

John Kirkpatrick and Sue Harris were a duo which achieved an enviable reputation in the British folk scene of the 1970s. Their repertoire focussed on English country music and songs. John recorded ‘Morris On’ with Ashley Hutchings, Richard Thompson and Barry Dransfield ushering a new appreciation of Morris music. The purely instrumental ‘Facing The Music’ was the duo’s fourth record for the Topic label and represents a high point of their recording career. The splendid tunes are drawn from a bewildering variety of sources; from rural musicians and from published tune books, from the Bahamas, from the Appalachians and from Orkney.
1  John Locke’s Polka / Three Jolly Sheepskins
2  Kettle Drum
3  Trip to the Cottage / Hunting the Squirrel / Jack of the Green
4  A Shelter in the Time of Storm / We Shall be Happy
5  Millfield / Saturday Night and Sunday Morn
6  Garrick’s Delight / The Flaxley Green Dance
7  Crocker’s Reel
8  Roast Beef / All Flowers in Broome
9  The Rope Waltz
10  A Cheshire’s Hornpipe / Black Mary’s Hornpipe

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