The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #110621   Message #2724693
Posted By: Dave Sutherland
16-Sep-09 - 07:41 AM
Thread Name: Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Bertsongs?
Brian, I am surprised to see you say that you haven't heard "The Iron Muse" as it probably still stands as a milestone in recorded folk music. As well as Lloyd it featured some of the major singers and musicians of the day including Bob Davenport, Louis Killen, Anne Briggs, Ray Fisher, Matt McGinn, Colin Ross, Jim Bray and Alf Edwards.
Bert uses the 'Jone O'Grinfilt' tune, as in Folksong in England, but he omits the three verses concerning the bailiffs on the LP.
When I first heard it, around 1968, it was undoubtedly the main item on the album and I still go back to it on occasions. I once asked Bert to sing it but he told me that he didn't do it very often and that it was rather long.
Since those days I have heard the original "Jone O'Grinfilt" sung on various occasions and I have seen printed versions of the ensuing family of songs.
Hopefully I'll see you at Grand Union Folk in a few weeks time, if so I'll try to remember to bring you a tape of "The Iron Muse"