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Themed CD's of Traditional Songs

Sleepy Rosie 08 Mar 09 - 10:54 AM
Vic Smith 08 Mar 09 - 11:13 AM
Mr Happy 08 Mar 09 - 11:16 AM
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John MacKenzie 08 Mar 09 - 11:28 AM
treewind 08 Mar 09 - 11:35 AM
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Subject: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 10:54 AM

Over the last few weeks I've accidentally aquired or otherwise been introduced to a small shambolic miscellany of themed folk song CD's:
One a collection of 'Sailors Songs and Sea Shanties' from my father who couldn't get on with it,
another a collection of Celtic folk songs with magical themes called 'The Fairy Dance' (!) initially from bluddy Past Times of all places (including a great abridged version of Tam Lin that I've never seen anywhere),
another was Chumbawumbas' 'English Rebel Songs',
and most recently Anne Briggs 'Bird in the Bush' a collection of erotic folk songs.

I've found these CD's quite interesting as introductions to different types of traditional song, so I wondered what others here might recommend as good little introductory collections on CD, of equivalently themed folk songs?


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: Vic Smith
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 11:13 AM

All twenty of the Topic Voice of the People albums are themed and I reckon that they are indispensible for anyone with a serious interest in British song.

Tony Engle, Reg Hall, Shirley Collins and others are currently working on another set basd on the recordings made by the late Peter Kennedy and to be called Voice of the People 2


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: Mr Happy
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 11:16 AM

Saw one at Manchester airport, '20 Greatest Irish Ballads'

On examining the contents, found it included 'I belong to Glasgow'!!


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 11:23 AM

"All twenty of the Topic Voice of the People albums are themed"

Yes! I've heard some of these recordings on a sampler. And while I suspect I shan't invest in the entire twenty discs just yet, I have earmarked 'My Father's the King of the Gypsies' and 'You Lazy Lot of Bone Shakers' as looking like they could be of particular interest.


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 11:28 AM

Here's an early and to my mind, unsurpassed themed album.

JM


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: treewind
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 11:35 AM

Songs of Witchcraft and Magic (Wild Goose, various artists)


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: DebC
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 01:05 PM

I thought this posted...guess not:

My 2005 CD Dad's Dinner Pail and Other Songs From the Helen Hartness Flanders Collection
includes eleven songs from thsi New England Ballad Collection.

Debra Cowan


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 01:14 PM

Oops, nearly forgot this wondeful collection of Lancashire songs and singers.

J


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: mg
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 06:11 PM

I think Kathy Mattea's mining song CD is well-reviewed.

There was a weaving one put out by a female singer some years back.

Maritime--Victory sings at sea..and a newer one aimed to save the Wawona (oops, too late).

Some good regional ones..like Stewart's songs of the Pacific northwest...mg


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 06:49 PM

The Iron Muse - A panorama of Industrial Folk Music - Topic TSCD465

booklet mentions other themed albums from Topic Records

Index 2 - compilations


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 06:53 PM

oops I forgot the latest from Mudcatter Brian Peters
Songs of Trial & Triumph


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: Anglo
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 07:03 PM

Thing is, it sort of depends on what themes you might be interested in.


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 08 Mar 09 - 07:29 PM

there's more than one? You might call CAMSCO <800/548-FOLK> for a few dozen suggestions.


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: Sleepy Rosie
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 03:37 AM

I like the look of the Songs of Witchcraft and Magic, and the Iron Muse looks jolly interesting too..

Some Manchester based friends of mine would love the Lancashire Songs.
And on a tangent is there an equivalent collection of songs from East Anglia?

Anglo: "Thing is, it sort of depends on what themes you might be interested in."

Well, I guess I'm not all that sure until I see them, or have them reccomended to me. I'm sure there are LOTS of themed collections out there, what I'm interested in is hearing of other peoples *favourites.* Though collections of traditional songs of seasonal celebration might be very interesting. Which I think is approximately what 'You Lazy Lot of Bone-Shakers' covers.


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: Dave Sutherland
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 03:55 AM

And on a tangent is there an equivalent collection of songs from East Anglia?
If you can find a copy there is Peter Bellamy's "Mainly Norfolk"


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: Jim Carroll
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 05:22 AM

I have no idea if they ever made it to CDs but Library of Congress issued an entire album of versions of Barbara Allen (edited by Charles Seeger) Some of their early LPs are totally themed, 'Assassination of Presidents' 'Miners and Railwaymen', Sea songs, Songs of the Mormons - some wonderful stuff.
My own favourite themed album is the old Folkways on 'The Unfortunate Rake' which is completely made up of versions of Sailor/Soldier, Cowboy Cut down.
Jim Carroll


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: treewind
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 08:31 AM

Veteran has a big collection of East Anglian music and song. Look under English and especially albums on the Veteran label itself.

Also (shameless self-promotion warning)
For your East Anglian collection I can't resist pointing you at Fenlandia and Cold Fen which both include a generous helping of songs collected in Cambridgeshire and only recently reconstituted into singable form.

Anahata


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: dick greenhaus
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 05:36 PM

Regarding seasonal recordings: I went to the camscomusic.com website, clicked on CATALOG, then Search, and scrolled down in the GENRE box to SEASONAL. The GENRE selection
offers a wide selection of themed CDs.


NM 21d        Fire and Sleet and Candlelight        "Coope, Boyes, Simpson"         harmony Xmas seasonal        $19.00         
NM 25d        Voices at the Door        "Coope, Boyes, Simpson"         harmony Xmas seasonal        $19.00        
JMG 18050d        Happy Joyous Hanukkah        Klezmatics         seasonal Xmas        $14.98         
GHM 201d        "A Pageant of Mid-Winter Carols, Volume 4"        "John Roberts, Tony Barrand"         harmony seasonal        $14.98         
GHM 103d        Heartoutbursts        "John Roberts, Tony Barrand"         harmony seasonal        $14.98         
GHM 105d        Just Say Nowell: Nowell Sing We Clear        "John Roberts, Tony Barrand"         harmony seasonal        $14.98         
GHM 104d        Naulakha Redux        "John Roberts, Tony Barrand"         harmony seasonal        $14.98         
GHM 202d        The Best of Nowell Sing We Clear        "John Roberts, Tony Barrand"         harmony seasonal        $14.98         
GHM 205d        To Welcome in the Spring        "John Roberts, Tony Barrand"         harmony seasonal        $14.98         
WGS 317s        Well Seasoned        Keith Kendrick         seasonal        $16.98         
RVL 1095d        Seasons for Singing        Langstaff et al         seasonal        $18.00         
PRK 045d        Carols at Christmas        Maddy Prior         seasonal Xmas        $14.98         
PRK 059d        "Gold , Frankincense & Myrrh"        Maddy Prior         seasonal Xmas        $14.98         
LER 2092d        Maypoles to Mistletoe        "Martyn Wyndham-Read, Geoff & Penny Harris, Arky's Toast"         seasonal        $18.00         
RDR 0268/0269        American Folk Songs for Christmas (2 CD)         "Mike Seeger, Peggy Seeger, Penny Seeger"         seasonal        $12.98         
GM 125d        A Victorian Christmas        Robin Petrie         seasonal Xmas        $14.98         
GRLI 1212d        To Shorten the Winter        Tommy Sands         Irish Xmas seasonal        $13.98         
SDL 425d        English Customs and Traditions        various         seasonal        $13.98         
RDR 1719d        Lomax Collection - Songs of Christmas        various         seasonal        $12.98         
FELL 005d        "Seasons, Ceremonies & Rituals"        various         seasonal        $15.98         
TOPC 700d        The Season Round        various         seasonal        $13.98         
FELL 125d        Wassail!        various         seasonal        $15.98         
TOPC 562d        Holy Heathens and the Old Green Man        Waterson : Carthy         seasonal        $13.98         
PRK 45d        Carols at Christmas        Maddy Prior         seasonal Xmas        $14.98         
DTD 02d        Where Will You Be Christmas Day?        various         seasonal Xmas        $15.00         
PRK 59d        "Gold , Frankincense & Myrrh"        Maddy Prior         seasonal Xmas


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: Effsee
Date: 09 Mar 09 - 05:40 PM

Give your Credit Card to a responsible person, then Google "Saydisc"!


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: ClaireBear
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 11:45 AM

On the wheel of the year theme, I definitely recommend Maypoles to Mistletoe, as cited by Dick above -- and, if you like French music, a similarly themed Malicorne recording called Almanacque (not sure if I spelled that right).

On regional themes, was The Muckram Wakes' A Map of Derbyshire ever re-released as a CD? (The Wakes were Roger and Helen Watson and John Tams). Some great stuff on that. I seem to recall another LP I had called A Kentish Garland, by a band called Tundra, but I can't remember what's on that one. Wish I had a way to play vinyl these days.

C


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: davyr
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 12:29 PM

Mty favourite "wheel of the year" album is still "Frost & Fire" by the Watersons. If beer's your thing, "The Tale of Ale" shoul dbe up your street:

http://www.freedmus.demon.co.uk/taleofale.htm


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 12:47 PM

Almanach: 1976 originally. My word, how time flies. I used to have a vinyl copy, but somebody borrowed it: seasonal songs, weren't they? The rights to that Muckram Wakes album are now owned by Dave Bulmer, I fear, so we probably won't ever see it again.


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: ClaireBear
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 12:57 PM

Malcolm,

Almanach. Of course! Thank you. Yes, there was a song for each month. I still have my copy somewhere, and I see that Amazon (US) has the whole album available as an MP3 download!

As for the Muckram Wakes LP, I think I still have it somewhere. I must get the technology together to move my vinyl onto CD...we're working on it, and hope to get there soon.


C


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Subject: RE: Themed CD's of Traditional Songs
From: Jack Blandiver
Date: 10 Mar 09 - 07:23 PM

I like the look of the Songs of Witchcraft and Magic

Weirdly, I found a copy of this earlier today whilst unpacking a box of folkish CDs - still unpacking after 9 months, although the box was packed up back in September 2007. Weird thing is, I've no idea how I came by it, and no recollection of owning it hitherto. Even weirder is Frankie Armstrong's Anglicised version of King Orfeo, and the inclusion of Peter Bellamy's singing of Al Stewart's Nostradamus. But the ultimate weirdness has to be the bonus track - The Chase Song, essentially Robert Grave's Allansford Pursuit (Go Into a Hare) set to '...the traditional tune of The Twa Corbies...' which is, of course, the Breton tune An Arlach Ar, because TWC has no traditional tune! So much for traditional songs; so much for research! I must say, it's all a bit Past Times...


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