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
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
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.