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Who's the artist!

GUEST,Matt Thrower 25 May 01 - 09:02 AM
Clifton53 25 May 01 - 09:12 AM
GUEST,Roger the skiffler 25 May 01 - 09:13 AM
bill\sables 25 May 01 - 09:33 AM
GUEST,Rana 25 May 01 - 11:04 AM
Les from Hull 25 May 01 - 11:44 AM
Malcolm Douglas 25 May 01 - 12:00 PM
Les from Hull 25 May 01 - 12:04 PM
Mudlark 26 May 01 - 12:26 AM
Irish sergeant 26 May 01 - 08:33 PM
Ebbie 26 May 01 - 10:47 PM
Terry K 27 May 01 - 02:57 AM
Noreen 27 May 01 - 04:42 AM
GUEST 05 Mar 12 - 11:24 AM
Elmore 05 Mar 12 - 04:19 PM
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Subject: Who's the artist!
From: GUEST,Matt Thrower
Date: 25 May 01 - 09:02 AM

Hi, A very long time ago, someone lent me an album by a british folk band. I don't recall who the band were, nor what the album was called, but I enjoyed the music very much and I was hoping that someone might be able to identify the recording for me based on the following:

The band hand a number of male vocalists, who generally took turns sining on different tracks, although there were a lot of instrumentals as well. From the accents and the tunes I would guess that they were local to the far north of England, possibly Cumbria. The accordian featured a lot in the tunes, accompanied by fiddle and guitar.

Happily I can still remember a few snatches of lyrics, which should provide a better clue. Given the strong accents, I don't guarantee that these are exactly right!

"Ah, when I was a batchelor young and airy, hearty was I and content. I married a wife for to lie by me which causes me for to lamet. When I come home wet and weary, it's wet and weary do I come Me wife's in bed till after eleven and the longest day in the month of June."

"Of all the trades that I depend the begging is the best, For when a beggars' weary he can idle down and rest"

"Oh have you seen MacDonald's men, there numbers have you saw, There were fifty-thousand highland men come marching on her lawn."

"And when he awakened from his sleep, a sorry heart had he, For his two hands in iron bands and his feet in fetters three."

Obscure request, I know, but thanks for looking!


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: Clifton53
Date: 25 May 01 - 09:12 AM

I'm not real sure but perhaps it's The Boys Of The Lough? I'm sure someone will be along momentarily.


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: GUEST,Roger the skiffler
Date: 25 May 01 - 09:13 AM

There are enough Northerners here on the 'Cat to answer this,acurately (when they've finished playing "pass the tankard") !
If I were forced to hazard a guess from the depth of my ignorance I'd say Bob Davenport and the Rakes, but that would only be because I don't know any other bands from that area/era!
RtS (fools post in where savants fear to tread)


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: bill\sables
Date: 25 May 01 - 09:33 AM

I don't think it was the High Level Ranters although most of them "sined" at one time or another. It sounds Scotish to me. Boys of the Lough are origionaly Irish although Robin Morton, a founder member now lives in Scotland. It could be Davenport but most of his albums included "Geordie " songs.
Bill


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: GUEST,Rana
Date: 25 May 01 - 11:04 AM

How electric were the band?

The one track is To the Begging we will go, and the other sounds like Long John or such like

I'll check my 5 Hand Reel to see what tracks are on those. There are numerous recordings of the Begging Song (both Scottish - to the begging, and Englis - A begging..)

Rana


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: Les from Hull
Date: 25 May 01 - 11:44 AM

This is doing my head in! I thought that I had heard most of the bands in this category, but this one's got me beat.

Just to recap - tunes and songs, different male vocals, accordian fiddle and guitar, North of England (or Scotland?).

Les


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 25 May 01 - 12:00 PM

The Battlefield Band, At The Front, Temple Records COMD2056, 1994 (originally released 1978).

See:  At The Front


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: Les from Hull
Date: 25 May 01 - 12:04 PM

Well done Malcolm! I wondered about the Batties but I tend to think of them as being 'a band with bagpipes in' as they have been for quite a few years now. Give that man a coconut!


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: Mudlark
Date: 26 May 01 - 12:26 AM

Impressive! VERY impressive!!!


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: Irish sergeant
Date: 26 May 01 - 08:33 PM

The one song "When I was a batchelor young and airy.." is the Battlefield Band and a great tune! I have it on one of their albums titled "THe rest of the Story." Kindest reguards to all, Neil


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: Ebbie
Date: 26 May 01 - 10:47 PM

RtS, did you mean 'Fools post in where the savant fears to 'thread'? :)

Eb


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: Terry K
Date: 27 May 01 - 02:57 AM

I've come in late to this thread but boy could I have been picky.

1) When was there ever anything distinctive about CUMBRIA for chrissake? Certainly not the accent (a sort of faded Geordie/County Durham at best) or the music.

2) The Boys of the Lough singing?

3) The Rakes taking it in turns to sing? - I don't think so.

I could stand corrected so if I have missed out do let me know. As I'm sure you all will!

(Incidentally, no, I didn't know the answer).

Cheers, Terry


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: Noreen
Date: 27 May 01 - 04:42 AM

Hey- who rattled your cage, Terry? Boys of the Lough have always included good singing, from the lovely Cathal, back to their days when Dick Gaughan was a member, and assorted others in between. Stand corrected!

Good one, Malcolm. Where else could someone ask this question and get the answer in such a short time?!

BTW: "There were fifty-thousand highland men come marching on her lawn." Really? That would take some re-seeding...


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Mar 12 - 11:24 AM

It's a trad song and I have it on Me 'Umble Lot, Keith Kendrick. We recorded it around 1990 ish.


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Subject: RE: Who's the artist!
From: Elmore
Date: 05 Mar 12 - 04:19 PM

Hadn't seen Battlefield Band in ages, until a couple of months ago on Concert Window.Only the piper looked familiar. Still, the new (to me) musicians were excellent.They had a more traditional flavor than I would've thought. Much better than the tribute band for Chicago I saw a while back.


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