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Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?

Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 10 Dec 03 - 02:32 AM
Mark Dowding 10 Dec 03 - 03:03 AM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 10 Dec 03 - 03:17 AM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 10 Dec 03 - 03:24 AM
alanabit 10 Dec 03 - 03:38 AM
alanabit 10 Dec 03 - 03:49 AM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 10 Dec 03 - 03:54 AM
ossonflags 10 Dec 03 - 05:58 AM
Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull 10 Dec 03 - 06:00 AM
GUEST,pavane 10 Dec 03 - 07:54 AM
fiddler 10 Dec 03 - 08:51 AM
TheBigPinkLad 10 Dec 03 - 02:55 PM
Dave Wynn 10 Dec 03 - 05:35 PM
Compton 10 Dec 03 - 07:45 PM
GUEST,Stories from the Wishing Well 10 Dec 03 - 07:53 PM
Leadfingers 10 Dec 03 - 08:08 PM
Bassic 10 Dec 03 - 08:16 PM
GUEST,Stories from the Wishing Well 10 Dec 03 - 08:17 PM
open mike 11 Dec 03 - 03:28 AM
GUEST,pavane 11 Dec 03 - 05:23 AM
Schantieman 11 Dec 03 - 05:39 AM
Brakn 11 Dec 03 - 05:41 AM
a gud ole bwoy 11 Dec 03 - 06:09 AM
Spot 11 Dec 03 - 12:55 PM
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GUEST,Folkmonster 12 Dec 03 - 05:34 PM
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Subject: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 02:32 AM

waht they up to nowadays, yhey still goinhg?


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Mark Dowding
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 03:03 AM

The Fivepenny Piece were the group that got me into folk music in the mid seventies. There's a website HERE


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 03:17 AM

nice website, thanks for posting the link!
I think it was probably thrm waht got me interested in folk music, in around 1975, though, i did not realise it was folk music at the time!
I was quite lucky in that a few of my teachers at scholl were folkies, we used to get chance to listen to their [and other folk artists] lp's and we did folk dancing in the assembly hall.
that was in the olden times, when records was made of vynil!
mike harding jads a tv show then, our scince teacher [Mr Green]used to video it, and play it to us, every friday morning , and tell us the story behind each song, [bombers moon etc], maybe thats one of the readsons there are so many folkies in and around hull?
good memories of them times!, hull has the highest car crime rate in europe, highest teenage pregnancy in the UK, worst exam results in the country, but we know our folk songs!
we actually sang folk songs in our school, [Mike Hardings , One in a Million etc]
One in a million lying dead on the floor, anyone got the words to that?
good times!


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 03:24 AM

Uncle Joes mint balls, !
Brian and Mikeal =Matchstick men and cats and dogs!

We had a green song book, at our primary school, not sure waht it was called, [Songs for schools?, there was about 100 songs in it,
I would like to get hold of one of them books now, [this was about 1973, 1974], theyre probably in a landfill somewhere now, and all them teachers probly dead now,

we used to sing Spinners songs as well, and teacher play the piano, not sure waht happens in schools nowadays, they probably all play nintendos!
we used to make us own entertainment in them days!


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: alanabit
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 03:38 AM

Lyke wot wee dun!


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: alanabit
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 03:49 AM

Forgive me my previous mischievous post John. I was not a great fan of either the Spinners or Fivepenny Piece. However, although I thought they were more on the fringes of pop/Northern cabaret than real folk music, I think they did a lot of good by introducing people to folk songs. I think of them in the same way as I think of Enid Blyton books and reading. She was not a great author, but she did get me into the habit of reading. If Fivepenny Piece got more people interested in folk music, it is a good thing they were around.


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 03:54 AM

no worries alan bit, i think i'm getting old and reminising [sp] about my old scool days!,
i got a lift to city centre of a frend of mine a while ago, she is 25, about 10 years younger than me, she had bbc radio 1 on her car stereo, i got in her car and said "waht the hell is that?, do you call that music? !!
then i thought, oh dear, i sound just like my dad
am i getting old, or is modern music shite?


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: ossonflags
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 05:58 AM

Its shite.


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Rt Revd Sir jOhn from Hull
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 06:00 AM

well said mick, see new thread, is modern music shite.


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: GUEST,pavane
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 07:54 AM

I was not a great fan of the Spinners when I saw them on TV, but when I was living in Dubai, about 1980, they came over to do a show (which I didn't see)at the Country Club. They also did a short spot in a lunchtime session in the Dubai Marine Hotel where they were staying. (I was one of the other performers at that session), and I have to say they were truly GREAT. No instruments, just unaccompanied harmony singing of the highest order.


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: fiddler
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 08:51 AM

I've got a graoat at home (4d)

I'm not that old though!

A


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: TheBigPinkLad
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 02:55 PM

Enid Blyton [snip] was not a great author,

Kidding, right?


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Dave Wynn
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 05:35 PM

The Spinners put a lot of people into a lot of seats in the 1970's. They also put a lot of guitars in a lot of hands , mine included.


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Compton
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 07:45 PM

Yes, I'll hold my hands up and say I remember them...although you really ought to be talking to someone from Bolton or at least Lancashire. They are featured on "Lanky Spoken Here" CD with two numbers. I think their "Biggest Hit" was a ditty called Eeh Bah Gum! although an LP I have has a good rendition of "My Brother Sylvest" although they may have heard it from Mike Harding (or did Mike Harding hear it from them?) They were mainly a Cabaret Showband ...but they at least sang in tune and practised a bit. They had a miserable looking Bass player who has recently died, I think!


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: GUEST,Stories from the Wishing Well
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 07:53 PM

Were????

I thought they were still gigging!!

"My Brother Sylvest" - way before 5d piece!!! and michael.......


Old Music Hall song


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 08:08 PM

My Bro Sylvest was Johnny Silvo - And he still sings it when he visits UK.I remember Fivepenny Piece on the T V - A very good intro to Folkie stuff. Mostly their own songs as well as I recall.


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Bassic
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 08:16 PM

For some reason John I remember "Keep Yer 'And On Yer 'Alfpenny". And as for the Spinners, I watched all their TV progs, but didnt realise what I was seeing!! Can remember all their harmonys, Cliffs Bass lines etc etc etc, but that was folk? Well I never!! However I can imagine that in the right setting they were superb. Never saw either live.


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: GUEST,Stories from the Wishing Well
Date: 10 Dec 03 - 08:17 PM

"My Brother Sylveste" is often to be heard in the folk clubs of Britain. The song was published in 1908 as "My Brudda Sylveste" with words by Jesse Lasky, music by Fred Fischer.

Songs depicting immigrant nationals were understandably very popular in the USA a hundred years ago, as people were still arriving by the boatload. The Italian aspect of the song seems to have disappeared in all current versions.

British versions always include the "don't push just shove plenty of room for you and me" interlude

Piccy of Sheet Music and information


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: open mike
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 03:28 AM

yes, a five penny piece is called a nickel.


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: GUEST,pavane
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 05:23 AM

Met someone in Cornwall (Sennen Cove) many years ago who claimed to be a member of the group, but I never checked it out.


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Schantieman
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 05:39 AM

Was it them who sang,
"Without a doubt, they'll tell you owt -
They must think that we know nowt;
Prices rising, not surprising....."

?????

Cos my brother (David, not Sylvest!) and his mates wrote a parody of it at Scout camp in about 1980.

Steve


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Brakn
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 05:41 AM

Previuos thread


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: a gud ole bwoy
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 06:09 AM

Well i'll goo tu the foot of our stairs, the Fivepenny Piece. I've just bin und dug out their LP, 1972, und it's got EE BY GUM on it und that uther one about the bloke what gets drunk und guuss home fur his supper und eats the wash leather his missus 'as left on the stove tu soak.
But ah...tu get back tu what we're on about 'ere. At the top corner of the cover it says 'File under POPULAR:Pop Groups'so that shows what they thought of um in 1972 dunt it. I'd just finished helpin me ole dad on the lorries in them days und we'd bin up Ashton-Under-Lyne way alot.Tu me the songs summed up life up that way, tough but underpinned by that wunderfull sense of 'umour thut they seams two 'ev up north.
Yu used tu git some gud ole boys up there all right, but thats another story.
Cherio


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Spot
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 12:55 PM

Fivepenny Piece... Hmmm ...Linda Meeks...   bit of a stunner, I thought...Eddie Crotty..used to run a pub in GX,I think..Innocent stuff,I reckon... Well played and mostly original...Think Linda's family used to run "The Shubar" in Ashton... (shoeshop, not a pub!!).. Aye, I reckon they were good at what they did... OK by me...!!

    regards to all    Spot


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Cattail
Date: 11 Dec 03 - 08:07 PM

They did a number of albums between 1972 and 1979, among them were:

Fivepenny Piece
On Stage
King Cotton
Peddlers of Songs
Songs We Like To Sing

If anyone wants track listings, etc, of these I'll put them on.

I think I'll agree with Alanabit on this one, they were a bit like
the Spinners, and although I have their albums, (also some Spinners
ones), I thought that they were a bit ballad-ish (if you know what
I mean). Still good though, and they got bums on seats and people
interested in folk so it's got to be good.

Cheers for now

Cattail !


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: GUEST,Folkmonster
Date: 12 Dec 03 - 05:34 PM

Partial track list here



FM


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Subject: RE: Fivepeny piece, anyone remember them?
From: Blowzabella
Date: 12 Dec 03 - 05:59 PM

To those of you (like me) who never got to see The Spinners live, there's chances a-plenty still to see Hughie Jones (the baby-faced one with the fringe), who is still gigging merrily as a solo performer and has plenty of new recorded material out there. Particularly for those interested in maritime material, but by no means exclusively - he is still a superlative performer of both traditional and contemporary material.


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