Traditional and contemporary folk from the British Isles

SCAN TESTER ~ I NEVER PLAYED TO MANY POSH DANCES TSCD581D 

A labour of love, this double CD is a fitting tribute to one of the greatest traditional musicians this country has produced.
In the mid 1950s, folklorist and musician, Reg Hall met Scan Tester and invited him to play in his loose-knit band of musicians. Their playing schedule covered the usual pub gigs and private parties and also included a trip to London where Scan played before a full house at the Royal Festival Hall. Game to go anywhere, Scan accepted invitations to clubs and festivals around the country and thus became known and loved by a public beyond his own place and time. Mostly recorded by Reg Hall, these 55 tracks – expanded and remastered from the 1990 vinyl LP – open a window to our musical past.

“The crowded rolling gate of Scan’s country dance band must be one of the most joyous noises to emerge from a pub’s doors”★★★★★ Songlines

CD1
1. SCHOTTISCHE
  2. POLKA
  3. THE BROOM DANCE  
4. THE REEL  
5. WALTZ: THE MAN IN THE MOON
  6. NO.2 STEP-DANCE  
7. SCHOTTISCHE
  8. POLKA: THE GIRL I LEFT BEHIND ME 
 9. PRETTY LITTLE DEAR  
10. JIG: THE SEVENTEENTH OF MARCH  
11. WEARING OF THE GREEN
  12. WALTZ
  13. POLKA  
14. SCHOTTISCHE
  15. POLKA: JENNY LIND
  16. THE INDIAN POLKA  
17. SONG: THE LAKES OF COALFLIN  
18. POLKA  
19. POLKA: NOT FOR JOE  
20. SEE ME DANCE THE POLKA
  21. THE HEEL AND TOE POLKA
  22. STEP-DANCE  
23. SCHOTTISCHE
  24. POLKA
  25. NUTLEY WALTZ
  26. SCHOTTISCHE
  27. NO.1 STEP-DANCE  
28. LEARNING THE CONCERTINA

CD2
1. POLKA
  2. ONE-STEP: DOWN ON THE FARM  
3. STEP-DANCE
  4. STEP-DANCE
  5. WHILE SHEPHERDS WATCH THEIR FLOCKS BY NIGHT  
6. BARBARA ALLEN  
7. THE LAST FIGURE OF THE LANCERS
  8. THE BROOK STREET SCHOTTISCHE
  9. SCHOTTISCHE  
10. WALTZ  
11. JIG: THE IRISH WASHERWOMAN  
12. STEP-DANCE: THE MONKEY HORNPIPE
  13. TWO VERSES of OXFORD CITY
  14. TWO VERSES of A WEEK BEFORE EASTER
  15. MARCHES: SCOTLAND THE BRAVE / THE HAPPY WANDERER
  16. THE HEEL & TOE POLKA 
 17. POLKA  
18. WALTZ  
19. POLKAS: LA RUSSE / McCUSKER’S / JENNY LIND / GOODNIGHT, LADIES
  20. THE WALTZ VIENNA 
 21. SCHOTTISCHE
  22. STEP-DANCE  
23. No.1 STEP-DANCE
  24. SOLDIER’S JOY
  25. THE CARNIVAL IS OVER
  26. I WISH THEY’D DO IT NOW
  27. BUSKING ON BRIGHTON BEACH

Scan Tester voice, concertina and tambourine
aided by his brother Will and his daughter Daisy and friends on the fiddle, melodeon, mouth organ and piano.

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