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Subject: PORT MAHON - RECORDINGS?
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Date: 07 Apr 98 - 03:14 PM

I am a part-time performer of traditional and trad. idiom songs. I have recently started performing Sydney Carter's Port Mahon, a wonderful song he wrote in the early 1960s. However, I got it from notation and have never heard it performed. I would love to hear a recording of it. Help or clues, anyone?


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Subject: RE: PORT MAHON - RECORDINGS?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 20 Apr 98 - 02:10 AM

G'day unknown folk singer,

I have a recording at home (Sydney Australia) and also have Sydneys Carter's song books (~5 of them) which includes Port Mahon. If you don't get any answers (and the request appears to be 14 days old as I read it I can come to some arrangement to get a tape and/or photocopies to you. It is a beaut song and haunts me over the decades. I first heard Sydney Carter in 1972, at the 7th Australian Folk Festival.

I haven't been reading these pages lately as I have just been at the 33rd! I am about to scan in the indexes of all the books and send them to an Australian performer who recently requested info on Sydney Carter. You could presumably contact me on these threads or at my personal page.

Regards,

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: PORT MAHON - RECORDINGS?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 21 Apr 98 - 09:56 PM

G'day again,

Turns out that I actually four books of Sydney Carter songs. I scanned in the indexes for someone else and here they are:

Songs of Sydney Carter: Books 1 to 4
1; In the present tense, bk. 1; Galliard 25068; 1969
2; In the present tense, bk. 2; Galliard 25075; 1969
3; In the present tense, bk. 3; Galliard 25078; 1969
4; Riding a Tune, bk. 1; Galliard B098; 1971
These were published by Galliard Limited, Norfolk, England in conjunction with Galaxy Music Corporation, 2121 Broadway, Ney York, N.Y., 10023. They may even be still in print!

TITLE; REFERENCE; PAGE
Two Thousand Years Away; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 2
Come, Love, Carolling; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 4
Standing in the Rain; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 6
Judas and Mary; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 8
Bird of Heaven; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 10
George Fox; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 12
The Vicar is a Beatnik; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 14
The Mask I Wore; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 16
The Postmaster General; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 17
Thou Mastering Me; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 18
Glass of Water; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 20
Say Who You Are, Love; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 22
Zero One; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 24
After Six and All Day Sunday; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 26
British Museum Waltz; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 28
Like the Snow; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 30
Long Time Since I Had a Lesson; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 32
Man with a Microphone; In the Present Tense: bk. 1; 34
Present Tense; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 2
Bitter Was the Night; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 3
Lord of the Dance; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 4
Friday Morning; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 6
I Want to Have a Little Bomb Like You; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 8
The Rat Race; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 10
Mixed up Old Man; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 12
Down Below; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 14
Bell of Creation; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 16
Never Can Tell; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 18
Silver in the stubble; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 20
Better Take a Book to Bed; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 22
All Alone and All Together; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 23
Middle aged, Middle class, Mediocre..; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 24
Good Literature; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 26
Feeling Sad and Lonely; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 28
My Last Cigarette; In the Present Tense: bk. 2; 30
Travel On; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 2
Run the Film Backwards; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 4
Every Star shall sing a Carol; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 6
When Were You Really Living?; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 8
My Mum was a Woman; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 9
The Devil Wore a Crucifix; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 10
Here we go up to Bethlehem; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 11
When I needed a Neighbour; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 12
When they shouted Hosanna; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 13
Son of Man; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 14
Say Mr Barber; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 15
The Crow on the Cradle; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 16
Upon a Sunday Morning; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 18
You think with a Bomb; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 20
Plato in a Paperback; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 22
Nowhere and Never; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 24
When the Sailor Comes Ashore; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 26
Port Mahon; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 28
Putting out the Dustbin; In the Present Tense: bk. 3; 31
Shake and Shiver; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 2
The Candlelight; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 4
Eros; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 6
The cattle ruled the ranches; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 8
Come, holy harlequin; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 9
5th of November; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 12
One more step; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 14
Doctor Spock; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 16
Last Exit to Brooklyn; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 18
Up at the House of Cecil Sharp; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 20
Cruel Ann; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 22
Put the moon in the dustbin; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 24
Green like the leaves; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 25
The holy horses; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 28
Girl in a garden; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 30
Coming or going away; Ring a Tune: bk. 4; 32

Port Mahon is listed in the 1969 book as being recorded by:
Nadia Cattouse on Parlophone R 5240
Julie Felix on Decca LK 4724 and
Patricia Goudry on Outlet TOL 104.

I have no idea if any of these have survived into the CD age. I am fairly certain that I have it on a vinyl LP, sung beautifully by Carole Pegg. I will check when I wade back into the vinyl shelves.

Regards,

Bob Bolton

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Subject: RE: PORT MAHON - RECORDINGS?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 21 Apr 98 - 10:09 PM

G'day yet again...

Hmm ... It seems that tab characters don't paste into the Mudcat email box. If you are interested inthe whole index, I suppose you could copy all the text into a word processing program and manual insert page returns after every page number (>70 lines). There are a few other typesetter's tricks to format the rest, but this isn't a typesetting seminar!

Anyway, i hope this is some help. I'm sure that there are many more recent recordings, as Port Mahon is a beautiful song and I have heard it a number of times. A lot of Sydney Carter's music turns up in religious contexts - all the way from Quakers to Roman Catholics! - so that may be a useful search tip.

Best of luck; I will get back with the reference for my LP.

Bob Bolton


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Subject: RE: PORT MAHON - RECORDINGS?
From: Ian Harvey-Pittaway
Date: 24 Apr 98 - 02:40 PM

Thanks for your message, Bob. I too have all the Sydney Carter song books, and so am aware of the recordings you mention, which I have been seeking - unsuccessfully! - at record fairs for some years now. It seems to me that SC is a great 'unsung' folk idiom writer. I can't understand why more of his songs aren't sung more often. I certainly do MY best! So . . . I'm still on the lookout for a currently available recording of Port Mahon . . .


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Subject: RE: PORT MAHON - RECORDINGS?
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 27 Apr 98 - 07:58 PM

G'day Ian,

I was greatly impressed by Sydney Carter when I heard him in Sydney and Canberra, in 1972. I love his songs - beautifully crafted with a wonderful sense of both tune and rhythm. If you are not successful in finding a record, I can, in extremis, run of a cassette copy of the recording in my collection.

Contact me via this site or directly to my email address: bbolton@energy.com.au if it comes to this.

regards,

Bob Bolton


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