TSCD467 webThe group’s two ’80s albums, combined here, are full of fresh arrangements of traditional songs and tunes. ‘Brass Monkey was a great idea,’ said Martin Carthy. ‘A phenomenal experience.’ Q called it ‘the finest folk group of the 1980s.’

It should have been acknowledged in the booklet for this CD that the image used is an enlarged detail from ‘Stooking’, from ‘The Farmer’s Year’ (1933, Collins & Co, London) by Clare Leighton, copyright Clare Leighton Estate.

Martin Carthy guitar, mandolin, vocals
John Kirkpatrick Anglo-concertina, melodeon, button accordion, vocals
Howard Evans trumpet, flugelhorn, vocals
Martin Brinsford c-melody saxophone, mouth-organ, percussion
Roger Williams trombone, vocals
Richard Cheetham trombone

1  Waterman’s Hornpipe
2  Fable of the Wings
3  The Miller’s Three Sons
4  The Maid & the Palmer
5  Bad News
6  Sovay
7  Tip-Top Hornpipe / Primrose Polka
8  Jolly Bold Robber
9  Old Grenadier
10  George’s Son
11  Da Floo’er o’ Taft / The Lass o’ Paties Mill
12  The Handweaver & the Factory Maid
13  The Rose Lawn Quadrille
14  Willie the Waterboy
15  Doctor Fauster’s Tumblers / The Night of Trafalgar / Prince William
16  Riding Down to Portsmouth
17  Trowie Burn
18  The Foxhunt

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