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Thread #18334   Message #185079
Posted By: Liam's Brother
25-Feb-00 - 10:41 PM
Thread Name: Folk-Legacy's Newest CD: Ballads & Songs of Trad
Subject: RE: Help: Folk-Legacy's Newest CD
I bought this yesterday and got it into the CD player as fast as I could. It is a treasure.

I particularly like James Brown's "Jolly Tinker" which is a very interesting version of "Whiskey in the Jar" and Lee Monroe Presnell's Child ballad, "The House Carpenter."

Caroline Paton kindly sang "Hind Horn" for me a couple of times last year when we were at festival workshops together. I enjoy her singing of it very much and it was an additional treat now to hear it from her source, Joe Esty of New Brunswick. Hearing Art Thieme's recording of the Irish-American aisling "Lost Jimmy Whalen" caused me to learn it too (although a slightly different version); I was delighted to hear Marie Hare's interesting New Brunswick rendition. Although I have her Folk-Legacy LP, it's been many years since I've played it. This experience makes me want to spin it again this weekend.

Last but not least, I nearly died when I heard Lee Monroe Presnell's (Beech Mountain, NC) "The Old Arm Chair" which I know as an English music hall song.

If you've never heard real (traditional) folk singers or have always thought they have to sound terrible, listen to this CD. Highly recommended!

All the best,
Dan Milner