Musical Traditions CDs
in roughly reverse chronological order.  Only those remaing in stock are shown.
If anyone's deperate for a CD that's no longer in stock, I'll happily make specials for you - same price as before..

 

A Little Box of Delights         

 
[Tracklist]    

MTCD408-9   2 CDs, 41 tracks, 150 minutes   £10.00

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A collection, or more properly, a selection, of tracks from various MT Records CDs, providing forty-one tracks and two and a half hours that particularly delight me and, I hope, fittingly mark the end of twenty-two years of record production.
 
 
 

Catch It, Bottle It, Paint It Green

[Booklet Notes]     [Tracklist]     Songs from the Gwilym Davies collection:
a companion CD to the book of the same name

MTCD379 + 24 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

25 tracks, 64 minutes.

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Gwilym Davies has been recording source singers in the UK and USA for nearly 50 years.  This CD is a selection of 25 recordings and is a companion CD to his book, Catch It, Bottle It, Paint It Green. which can be obtained from Pegasus Publishers.

 
 
 

Wait Till the Clouds Roll By

[Booklet Notes]     [Tracklist]     Part 3 of the Old World / New World Trilogy

MTCD518-0.  3-CD Set + 52 page integral booklet in DVD case   £20.00

79 tracks, 222 minutes.

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Commercial recordings of American songs that have made it back to the Old World via 78rpm discs and/or printed music, together with how they sounded when taken up by the British oral tradition.

There are quite a few songs here that you probably never knew were American, nor can imagine what the 'original' sounded like.

 
 
 

Oh, Listen Today

[Booklet Notes]     [Tracklist]     The roots of American Old-Timey fiddle music

MTCD517 + 24 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

30 tracks, 78 minutes.

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Thirty tracks of vintage American Old-Timey fiddle music, with tunes that are derived from Britain and Europe.  Includes such well-known names as: Ed Haley, Fiddlin’ Doc Roberts, Narmour & Smith, Emmett Lundy, The Red-Headed Fiddlers, Edden Hammons, and many others.

 
 

A Distant Land to Roam

 
Anglo-American Songs and Tunes from Texas to Maine         [Booklet Notes]     [Tracklist]

MTCD516 + 28 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

25 tracks, 78 minutes

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Among these 25 songs and tunes that have gone across the seas, a distant land to roam, you will find some very recognisable versions.  Bradley Kincaid sings The Two Sisters and Fair Ellender and Lord Thomas, Bob Cranford sings Babes in the Wood, Bascom Lamar Lunsford sings The Derby Ram, and Emry Arthur sings Jack Hall.

Perhaps less easily recognisable are: The Stanley Brothers - Poison in a Glass of Wine; Frank Jenkins' Pilot Mountaineers - Go and Leave Me if You Wish It, Gid Tanner & His Skillet-Lickers - Soldier, Soldier, Will You Marry Me; Louisiana Lou - The Oxford Girl; Hattie and Ernest Stoneman - When Shall We get Married, John?  And downright extraordinarily, you'll hear The Southern Melody Boys with their Little Ball of Yarn and Blind Boy Fuller with Our Goodman or Seven Nights Drunk.

 
 
        Robert Leng and Jossy 'Pop' Mainprize with Jim Eldon

    [Review]     [Booklet Notes]     [Tracklist]     Songs and Tales from Flamborough Head

MTCD203   25 tracks, 45 minutes   £10.00

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In 1988, Jim Eldon was gathering material for a cassette album of East Yorkshire fireside tales, and a friend took him to Flamborough and introduced him to Robert Leng and Jossy 'Pop' Mainprize.  The few snippets of ditties that had been dotted among the stream of tales grew into a whole repertoire of songs as more were remembered.  Eventually a cassette of songs and one of tales were issued on Jim's Stick Records label.

The fishermen's tales and poaching yarns speak for themselves.  There is very little editing in the stories section of this collection.  One yarn would spark another and the titles and track separations are just there to help you navigate through them if you want to revisit a particular favourite.

 
 
        Vaughan Williams in Norfolk Vol 2 CD-ROM

    Digital book with embedded MIDI files,
[Review]     [List of Songs]                                                by Alan Helsdon

MTCD254   £12.00    

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This is Volume 2 of the Vaughan Williams in Norfolk CD-ROM (MTCD253), we published in 2014.  It covers the three Norfolk collecting trips Ralph Vaughan Williams made in April 1908, October 1910 and December 1911.  He met some 22 singers and collected 93 songs from them.  As before, they are presented in staff notation, with full texts, and with link to MIDI sound files of the tunes, and there's a very substantial page of information on the singers.

 
 

Edward II and the Red Hot Polkas

 
The Early Recordings 1985-85         [Booklet Notes]     [Tracklist]     [Review]

MTCD405   22 tracks, 81 minutes   £10.00

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E II started as a dance band in Cheltenham in 1980, and recorded three cassettes, Demos, Promos and Ethos in 1985 and 1986.  They were thinking about calling their next cassette d'Artagnan - but in 1987 the Cooking Vinyl record company came along with an LP offer, so that ended the series of pretentious record titles!

This CD contains all the cassette tracks, from "the best little English dance band on the planet" as someone called it back then.

 
 

Harry Upton

 
Why Can't it Always be Saturday?         [Booklet Notes]     [Tracklist]    

MTCD371 + 24 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

22 tracks, 78 minutes

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Harry Upton was born in 1900 in Hove, Sussex.  His father, Frank, from whom he learned most of his songs, was a shepherd from West Blatchington and must have been born c.1865 and, to Harry's knowledge, had been a shepherd on the South Downs all his life.  By the time he was 13, Harry had left school and was working as his father's shepherd boy.  He worked with his father for about five years and then left to become a carter, working with horses on the Dyke Hills, beyond Brighton.  Harry worked with horses until his marriage in 1927 when he moved to Balcombe to work as a tractor driver, a job that was to last for 40 years.

This CD contains almost all of the songs he let Mike Yates record - including Canadee-I-O and The Wreck of the Northfleet.

 
 

David Stacey

 
Good Luck to the Journeyman         [Booklet Notes]     [Tracklist]     [Review]

MTCD360 + 24 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

24 tracks, 74 minutes

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David Stacey was born and brought up in Saffron Walden, Essex, in 1943.  From his twenties he spent many years alternating between archaeology in Israel and apple and hop picking in Kent.  There he met Mary Ann Haynes' son Ted, and Nelson Ridley's nephew Henry - and through them, many other Gypsies and Travellers in the area.  He was privy to many of the sing-songs they participated in, and learned a good number of their songs.  Back home, in later life, he encountered a number of other Travellers in north Essex and Cambridgeshire, and a local traditional singer, Walter Jarvis - learning more songs on the way - in addition to the repertoire he'd acquired from books and records.  This is a most interesting and unusual CD.
 
 

The Willett Family

 
Adieu to Old England         [Booklet Notes]     [Tracklist]    

MTCD361-2 + 28 page integral booklet in DVD case   £16.00

2 CDs - 35 tracks, 101 minutes

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Topic released their first ever LP of English traditional singers in 1963 - The Willett Family: A Roving Jouneyman.  They acknowledged the help of Ken Stubbs, who first located and recorded the Willetts.  Musical Traditions Records are now - 50 years later - very pleased to be able to present those first 31 Ken Stubbs recordings, plus 4 tracks from elsewhere, making this the complete recorded repertoire of the Willett Family ... generally accepted as amongst the finest English Gypsy singers ever recorded.
 
 
 

Bernie Cherry

        [Review 2]     [Review 1]     [Booklet Notes]     [Tracklist]     With powder, shot and gun

MTCD359 + 24 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

21 tracks, 76 minutes.

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Bernie is an English traditional style singer with a very interesting repertoire of unusual songs, and/or unfamiliar versions.  Perhaps, equally importantly, he copies no one - either revivalist or traditional.

Twenty-one newly recorded 2013 performances, with occasional melodeon accompaniments by Roger Grimes or Rod Stradling.

 
 

George Townshend

 
Come, Hand to Me the Glass         [Booklet Notes]     [Tracklist]    

MTCD304-5 + 28 page integral booklet in DVD case   £16.00

53 tracks, 154 minutes

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The new double CD version.  All the songs he recorded for Brian Matthews in 1960/61.  The 24 full-length songs appearing in full in the single CD version, plus the 5 songs not included in full there, plus 5 more not included at all ... and now, plus all the 19 songs he recorded for Ken Stubbs.
 
 
 

House Dance CD-ROM

    [Review]     [Contents]     Digital book with embedded audio files, by Dan Worrall

MTCD251   £12.00

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The heyday of the Anglo-German concertina (1860s to World War I) coincided with a time when social dances in houses, barns, woolsheds and community halls were all the rage in working class urban and rural areas.  Here are 172 archival recordings of 36 early concertina players performing schottisches, polkas, quadrilles, waltzes, barn dances, mazurkas, and varsovianas from Ireland, England, Australia and South Africa.  The digital book explores such topics as:

Nineteenth century social dances; Global sources of the house dance repertoire; Old-style octave playing on the concertina; The banning of house dances in early twentieth century Ireland; Biographies and playing styles of early concertina players (with recordings); Modern players in the old octave style (with recordings); A tutorial in octave playing (with recordings, walking you through playing in octaves and across the rows); Discography.  Includes more than 150 photos and graphics, and more than 200 sound files in MP3 format.
 
 
 

Harry Langston

    [Review]   [Booklet Notes]   [Tracklist]         Dear Gladys, Dear Gertie ...

MTCD352 + 28 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

18 tracks, 74 minutes

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Harry Langston has selected his favourite Lancashire dialect poems, written some glorious tunes for them, and sings them superbly.  If you like traditional songs, you'll love these 'new' ones you've never heard before.

Humour, power and passion - just listen to the sound clips in the Booklet Notes.

 
 

Bill Smith

 
A country life         [Booklet Notes]     [Tracklist]     [Review]       Bill has a strong voice, and this is an absorbing and lively disc.
Roy Palmer in English Dance & Song.

MTCD351 + 36 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

65 tracks, 79 mins.

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The recordings of Bill Smith were all made by his son, Andrew, over the period 1979 - 1983.  They are, most importantly, perhaps the only available example of the completely unmediated repertoire of an ordinary countryman, from the centre of England, in the middle of the 20th century.  Andrew wasn't a song collector, and didn't choose what to record and what to omit - he just recorded what Bill remembered … songs, recitations, stories, jokes.

 
 

Nimrod Workman

 
Mother Jones' Will         [Booklet Notes]   [Tracklist]   [Review]

MTCD512 + 28 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

26 tracks, 80 mins   This production by Mark Wilson of the North American Traditions Series.

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One of Appalachia's most celebrated traditional singers and symbolically linked the region's idealized past with the reality of its ongoing political struggles. (Journal of American Folklore)

Our fourth '500 series' publication.  A selection of songs and ballads from this great West Virginia singer, including three of his own Union and mining songs.  Tracks 1 - 18 originally appeared on Rounder LP 0076 in 1976, a further 8 have been added to this 2011 production.

 
 
 

Morgan MacQuarrie

Just listening to the Morgan MacQuarrie album. Have fallen in love with the Maids of Arrochar and Mrs Jamieson's Favourite. Maybe the sentimental in me, but the tunes are beautiful and the playing so emotive!
Dr Janet Topp Fargion 
Lead Curator, World and Traditional Music
The British Library     Over The Cabot Trail is a must for fans of traditional Scottish and Cape Breton fiddle music, and indeed traditional fiddle music in general - another treasure trove of  music. Well done Musical Traditions.
Danny Saunders - in Living Tradition.     [Review]    [Booklet Notes]    [Tracklist]         Over the Cabot Trail

MTCD511 + 20 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

12 tracks, 55 tunes, 69 mins

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The third of our new '500 series' publications.  A selection of fiddle tunes from Morgan MacQuarrie of Inverness County, Cape Breton, accompanied by Gordon MacLean, piano.

A compilation of 12 tracks of typical Cape Breton medleys, totalling 55 tunes in all.

Produced and annotated by Mark Wilson of the North American Traditions Series.
Recorded by Mark Wilson with the assistance of Paul MacDonald.

 
 
 

Art Galbraith

    Art was seventy years old when he made this recording, not usually the peak of a fiddler's powers, but from the opening bars of Dixie Blossoms it's clear that he's still a master: beautiful lazy glissando, double stopped harmonies, and a wonderfully light touch characterise this music.
Alex Monaghan in Living Tradition     [Booklet Notes]   [Tracklist]     [Review]     Dixie Blossoms

MTCD509 + 16 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

33 tracks, 72 mins

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Our first all-new '500 series' publication.  A selection of fiddle tunes from Art Galbraith of Springfield, Missouri, accompanied by Gordon McCann, guitar.  A compilation of the 16 tunes on the original Rounder LP, plus 17 more, recorded specially for the purpose in 1984, but never published.

Renowned collector, Vance Randolph, said: "Art Galbraith is the best Ozarks fiddler I have ever heard."  This new production by Gordon McCann and Mark Wilson of the North American Traditions Series.

 
 
 

     A Story to Tell:

Indispensible for anyone who thinks they know anything about traditional singing or music-making in England at all.  Philip Heath-Coleman   160 minutes of toal immersion in the pub-based traditional music and song of East Suffolk villages in the '70s ... This is too good for the shops, but you can get it from the website ... Tony Hendry in The Living Tradition   [Review]   [Tracklist]   [Booklet Notes]   Keith Summers in Suffolk 1972-79

MTCD339-0 + 52 page integral booklet in DVD case   £16.00

2 CDs, 75 tracks, 160 mins

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A 2-CD set issued as a complement to the Veteran Keith Summers VT154CD.  A selection of songs, ballads and tunes from Suffolk, from the collections of Keith Summers 1972-79.

Featuring: Jumbo Brightwell, Alec Bloomfield, Bob Scarce, Cyril Poacher, Jimmy Knights, Oscar Woods, Percy Ling, Billy List, Charlie Whiting, Font Watling, Fred Whiting, Eley Went, Fred List, Fred Pearce, Geoff Ling, George Ling, George Woolnough, Harkie Nesling, Reg Reeder and many others.

 
 

Meeting's a Pleasure, Vols 3&4

 
Folksongs of the Upper South   [Booklet Notes]   [Tracklist]   [Review]   Sometimes it takes dedication to appreciate music like this but, once that work is done, these recordings repay you handsomely.
Brian Peters in EDS   The sheer variety of songs, tunes and performers to be found on these CDs is astonishing ... the whole package is a joy.
Gordon Potter in The Living Tradition

MTCD507-8 + 44 page integral booklet in DVD case   £16.00

2CDs, 62 tracks, 141 mins

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Second pair of a 4-CD set.  A selection of songs, ballads and tunes from Kentucky and nearby areas, from the collections of Mark Wilson, Gus Meade and John Harrod.

Featuring: Buell Kazee, J P and Annadeene Fraley, Sarah Gunning, Jim Garland, Blanche Coldiron, The Dixon Sisters, Asa Martin, Nimrod Workman, Roscoe Holcomb, Snake Chapman, Wash Nelson, Mary Lozier and many others.

 
 
 

     Meeting's a Pleasure, Vols 1&2

Sometimes it takes dedication to appreciate music like this but, once that work is done, these recordings repay you handsomely.
Brian Peters in EDS   The sheer variety of songs, tunes and performers to be found on these CDs is astonishing ... the whole package is a joy.
Gordon Potter in The Living Tradition   [Review]   [Tracklist]   [Booklet Notes]   Folksongs of the Upper South

MTCD505-6 + 48 page integral booklet in DVD case   £16.00

2 CDs, 69 tracks, 140 mins

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First pair of a 4-CD set.  A selection of songs, ballads and tunes from Kentucky and nearby areas, from the collections of Mark Wilson, Gus Meade and John Harrod.

Featuring: Buell Kazee, J P and Annadeene Fraley, Sarah Gunning, Jim Garland, Blanche Coldiron, The Dixon Sisters, Asa Martin, Nimrod Workman, Roscoe Holcomb, Snake Chapman, Wash Nelson, Mary Lozier and many others.

 
 

Lizzie Higgins

 
In Memory of ...   [Booklet Notes]   [Tracklist]   [Review 1]   [Review 2]   The quality shines through throughout this collection, from the tracks of muckle sangs, or songs verging on the muckle, to merry little ditties almost like interludes, which range in turn reflects the broad spectrum in which Lizzie performed.  A fitting celebration of a gifted traditional singer ... a collection of gems both rough and polished ... a big part of the nation's heritage.
Alasdair Maclean in The Scots Magazine  

MTCD337-8 + 36 page integral booklet in DVD case   £16.00

2CDs, 34 tracks, 155 mins     Runner-up in fROOTS Critics Poll 2007

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A memorial album of this great Aberdeenshire singer, containing 34 recordings of the best of her songs not currently available on CD, many of which have never been published before.

The 36-page booklet contains a brief biography and an appraisal of Lizzie's singing style by Dr Ian Olson, full song notes and transcriptions - and lots of photos.

 
 
 

     Songs from the Golden Fleece

These recordings are a joyful and communal experience ... they give an accurate impression of evenings in Stroud's Golden Fleece ... one can still sense the presence of all the other participants.  You feel like you're part of the gang - they all sing as if they know you're listening!
Chris Bartram in MT.   [Review]   [Tracklist]   [Booklet Notes]   A song tradition today

MTCD335-6 + 28 page integral booklet in DVD case   £16.00

2 CDs, 38 tracks, 136 mins

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A selection of songs, ballads and a story from one of today's singing pubs.

Featuring Bob Bray, Audrey Smith, Roger Grimes, Ken Langsbury, Chris Molan, Harry Langston, Martin Graebe, Shan Cowan, Danny Stradling, Rod Stradling, Jeff Gillett.  All tracks are newly recorded in digital stereo.

 
 

Stephen Baldwin

 
"Here's One You'll Like, I Think"   [Booklet Notes]   [Tracklist]   [Review]   I have been again reminded of the astonishing - actually intimidating - high standard of so much of MT's production. I know of no other place, online or in-print, where material of such detail, authority, and value is published in its entirety.
Dr Christopher Smith - Music History and Literature Director, Texas Tech University School of Music.   I sincerely hope that this magnificent work informs fiddlers and other musicians who have any interest at all in their musical roots.
Flos Headford in ED&S   I thought I'd just say how much I've enjoyed this. The quality is remarkably good, and the format is elegant. The booklet was informative and of great interest, particularly to one who knows the area. 
Roy Palmer

MTCD334 + 28 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

59 tracks, 73 mins

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Containing all the 59 known recordings of Gloucestershire's Stephen Baldwin - village and Morris dance fiddler.
The 28-page booklet contains pretty-well all that is known about him and his family, as well as some information about his musical neighbours in the Forest.
There are also 13 photos, including three previously unpublished ones from 1947, and an examination of Baldwin's unique fiddle style.

 
 

The Birds Upon the Tree

 
and other traditional songs and tunes   I could sing the praises of this release for eternity - Keith Chandler   [Booklet Notes]   [Tracklist]   [Review]

MTCD333 + 24 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

27 tracks, 76 mins

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A further selection from the Mike Yates Collection, featuring Fred Jordan, Packie Manus Byrne, George Fradley, Charlie Bridger, Scan Tester & Rabbidy Baxter, Archer Goode, George Spicer, Bob Blake, Debbie & Pennie Davis, Freda Palmer, Harry Cockerill, Ray Driscoll, Jacquey Gabriel, Alice Francombe, Ivor Hill & family.  22 of the 27 tracks are previously unreleased.



 
 

Oak

 
Country Songs and Music   ... it has been a real joy listening to both of the Oak CDs - thanks a million for putting this material out ...  What a joyous noise ...  I listened over and over to them ...  I have a fair CD collection, but this one really stands out.  John Ledger - Aberdeen   [Booklet Notes]   [Tracklist]   [Review]

MTCD327-8 + 24 page integral booklet in DVD case   £16.00

2 CDs   32 tracks, 106 mins

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A double CD set containing all the songs and tunes from the seminal 1971 LP Welcome to Our Fair plus virtually everything else they ever sang or played, in live recordings from clubs in Cheltenham, Benfleet - and their final gig in Walthamstow.

It was Oak that really confirmed to me the importance and value of the tradition - Jon Dudley (Copper Family)

 
 
 

     Here's Luck to a Man ...

Another valuable contribution to the storehouse of recorded English rural traditional song.  I recommend it without hesitation.  Tom Walsh - in MT   Gypsy Songs and Music from South-East England

[Tracklist]   [Booklet Notes]   [Review]

MTCD320 + 36 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

39 tracks, 79 mins

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Mike Yates' great 1970s recordings of Mary Ann Haynes, Jasper, Minty, Levi and Derby Smith, Joe and Lena Jones, Alice Penfold, Bill Ellson, Chris Willett.  A superb companion piece to From Puck to Appleby, below.
 
 

George Dunn

 
Chainmaker   We are once more in Musical Traditions's debt for allowing us to hear another classic traditional singer in all his glory. As usual, a thoroughly informative and fascinating booklet accompanies. Very strongly recommended. 
Paul Burgess - in Folkwrite   [Booklet Notes]   [Review]   [Tracklist]

MTCD317-8 + 48 page integral booklet in DVD case   £16.00

2 CDs   51 tracks, 128 minutes

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The great Black Country singer - a selection of virtually all the songs he recorded in the early seventies for Roy Palmer, Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, and Charles Parker.

 

 

 
 
 

Kevin and Ellen Mitchell

[Tracklist]   [Review]   [Booklet Notes]   This is a double CD of the highest quality singing you could wish to hear. A real bargain. 
Roy Harris - in Living Tradition

An album of inestimable value.
Geoff Wallis - in fRoots   Have a Drop Mair

Ballads and songs from Ireland and Scotland

MTCD315-6 + 32 page integral booklet in DVD case   £16.00

2 CDs   39 tracks, 159 mins

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Traditional Irish and Scotish songs and ballads from two great singers.  All newly recorded by Rod Stradling in 2000-1 in sparkling digital stereo.

 

 

 
 

Ray Andrews

 
Classic English Banjo   A deft finger-style banjo picker who makes everything from Tin Pan Alley tunes to a Beethoven minuet sound natural and easy ... the CD gives us a wonderful glimpse at an unusual and little-known tradition. 
Steve Winnick - in Dirty Linen   [Booklet Notes]   [Review]   [Tracklist]

MTCD314 + 32 page integral booklet in DVD case.   £12.00

26 tracks, 74 mins

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Almost every tune he is known to have recorded - tapes from the mid-seventies and eighties, mostly previously unreleased.

 

 

 
 
 

Joe Rae

[Tracklist]   [Review 1]   [Review 2]   [Booklet Notes]   Showcases not only ballad singing but also story-telling, and each of Joe Rae's skills looks all the better in the light of the other ... a fine addition to your collection. 
Steve Winnick - in Dirty Linen   The Broom Blooms Bonny
Ballads, songs and stories from Ayrshire

MTCD313 + 20 page integral booklet in DVD case.   £12.00

15 tracks, 74 mins

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Eight 'big ballads', three traditional folktales and four songs, recorded by Mike Yates in 2001 - all in sparkling digital stereo.

 

 

 
 

Daisy Chapman

 
Ythanside   A commanding, magnetic narrator capable of holding the serious attention of rowdy audiences ... a treasure-house of both music and information, as well as a loving and heartfelt portrait. 
Steve Winick, in Dirty Linen   [Booklet Notes]   [Review]   [Tracklist]

MTCD308 + 32 page integral booklet in DVD case.   £12.00

23 tracks, 68 minutes

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The great but rarely-heard Buchan, Aberdeenshire, singer.  All the songs she is known to have recorded from 1965/70.

 

 

 
 
 

Wiggy Smith

and other Smith Family members

[Tracklist]   [Review]   [Booklet Notes]   This CD is a superb contribution to the national sound archives and one that every serious student of English Traditional song should have in their collection. 
Tom Walsh, in MT   Band of Gold

MTCD307 + 28 page integral booklet in DVD case.   £12.00

33 tracks, 74 mins

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All the songs they recorded for Peter Shepheard, Mike Yates, Gwilym Davies and Paul Burgess in 1966/99.

 
 

Walter Pardon

 
Put a Bit of Powder on it, Father      [Tracklist]     [Booklet Notes]    There is so much on these CDs to give pleasure and satisfaction to the listener and a whole body of information for interested parties to take their investigations further ... I can only end by repeating my delight which, I'm sure will be shared by many, that Walter has been revisited with this degree of attention. 
Roly Brown, in Musical Traditions
the other songs of Walter Pardon

MTCD305-6 + 44 page integral booklet in DVD case   £16.00

2 CDs, 49 tracks, 146 mins

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All the songs not currently available on CD elsewhere.  1978/82 recordings from Mike Yates.

 
 
 

Cyril Poacher

[Tracklist]   [Review 1]   [Review 2]   [Booklet Notes]   Here it is, then, the real thing; as skilled, authentic and convincing an interpreter of English traditional song as the second half of the twentieth century can offer!
Vic Smith, in fRoots   Plenty of Thyme

MTCD303 + 32 page integral booklet in DVD case   £12.00

31 tracks, 72 minutes

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Every song he is known to have recorded.  1965/78 tapes from Ginette Dunn, Tony Engle, Neil Lanham, Keith Summers, Mike Yates.

 

 

 
 

Where the Southern Crosses the Dog

 
Mississippi Fiddle Music 1928-35         [Review]   [Tracklist]

MTCD104   16 tracks   48 minutes   £10.00

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16 tracks from: The Nations Brothers, Narmour & Smith, The Ray Brothers, Milner & Curtis.
 
 
 

    John 'Seven Foot Dilly' Dilleshaw

[Tracklist]   [Review]         Georgia Bust Down 1930

MTCD105   16 tracks   52 minutes   £10.00

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To acquire the small stack of 78s that have been gathered together on this CD would call for the patience of a seasoned angler and a bankroll as big as the Ritz - Tony Russell
 
 

Freddy McKay

 
Live!         [Review]   [Tracklist]   [Article]

MTCD200   14 tracks   59 minutes   £10.00

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Songs serious and hilarious, plus several of the monologues he was justly famous for, all recorded live before audiences in London clubs.
 
 
        Vaughan Williams in Norfolk Vol 2 CD-ROM

    Digital book with embedded MIDI files,
[List of Songs]                                                by Alan Helsdon

MTCD254   £12.00    

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This is Volume 2 of the Vaughan Williams in Norfolk CD-ROM (MTCD253), we published in 2014.  It covers the three Norfolk collecting trips Ralph Vaughan Williams made in April 1908, October 1910 and December 1911.  He met some 22 singers and collected 93 songs from them.  As before, they are presented in staff notation, with full texts, and with link to MIDI sound files of the tunes, and there's a very substantial page of information on the singers.

 
 
        Vaughan Williams in Norfolk CD-ROM
    Digital book with embedded midi files,
[List of Songs]                                                 by Alan Helsdon
   

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Requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader - MTCD253   £12.00    

Ralph Vaughan Williams spent nine days in and around King’s Lynn in January 1905 and September 1906.  He collected 86 songs and four dance tunes from 20 singers - one of whom also played the fiddle.  Along with much else, this book presents: his itinerary; a narrative account of the trips; all the songs and tunes as PDF pages with song texts, staff notation and playable midi sound files of their tunes; and a very substantial page of information on the singers.

 
 
 

House Dance CD-ROM

[Review]     [Contents]     Digital book with embedded audio files, by Dan Worrall

MTCD251   £12.00

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The heyday of the Anglo-German concertina (1860s to World War I) coincided with a time when social dances in houses, barns, woolsheds and community halls were all the rage in working class urban and rural areas.  Here are 172 archival recordings of 36 early concertina players performing schottisches, polkas, quadrilles, waltzes, barn dances, mazurkas, and varsovianas from Ireland, England, Australia and South Africa.  The digital book explores such topics as:

Nineteenth century social dances; Global sources of the house dance repertoire; Old-style octave playing on the concertina; The banning of house dances in early twentieth century Ireland; Biographies and playing styles of early concertina players (with recordings); Modern players in the old octave style (with recordings); A tutorial in octave playing (with recordings, walking you through playing in octaves and across the rows); Discography.  Includes more than 150 photos and graphics, and more than 200 sound files in MP3 format.
 
 

Morris Dancing in the English
south Midlands 1660-1900 CD-ROM

 
Aspects of Social and Cultural History                                             [Contents]

MTCD250   £12.00    

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The great majority of Keith Chandler's writings on the Cotswold Morris, including two complete books - Ribbons, Bells and Squeaking Fiddles and the Chronological Gazeteer - an unpublished article on the Forest of Dean Morris, 6 other long articles and 8 shorter ones. All specially updated for this edition, and with dozens of unpublished photos.
 
 

Ritmia

 
forse il mare       [Tracklist]     [Review]

Snatch'd from Oblivion SFO 004   £5.00   4 tracks   37 minutes

The truly wonderful Italian/Sardinian quartet of Riccardo Tesi, Alberto Balia, Enrico Frongia and Daniele Craighead, first published in 1986.  Maybe the most effective attempt at making European traditional music accessible to the modern listener without pop, rock or drum & bass.

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  Baxiu e Contra
[Review]     [Tracklist]    

Tronos AB01 + 16 page booklet   £12.00   9 tracks, 43 mins

Alberto Balia, with Antonio Pani, Enrico Frongia, and Massimo Perra
a meeting between Sardinian poetry and music

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A worthy succsessor to the amazing Ritmia: forse il mare (above)
 
 

Bob Lewis

 
The Painful Plough     [Review]    [Tracklist]

RUST105   £12.00   17 tracks   60 minutes

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Brand new recordings of the fine Sussex singer
 
 
 

The English Country Dance Band

[Tracklist]     Barn Dance

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Snatch'd from Oblivion SFO 002   £5.00   14 tracks   57 minutes

26 tunes for 14 dances with full dance instructions

 
 
  Rod Stradling
+ Feckless
[Insert Notes]     [Tracklist]     Rhythms of the Wold, cassette

FMSC 3021   £5.00

14 tracks, 62 minutes.

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Due to popular demand, the original Rogue Records cassette version from back in 1991, of which a large box-full has just turned up - hence the knock-down price of just a fiver!

Rod's band of the time, Feckless (Phil Bird, Steve Crickett, John Eastaugh, Tony Engle, Alan Lamb and Danny Stradling) appear on five of the tracks.

Plus guest appearances by Jon Moore (electric guitar) on four tracks, and Ron Kavana (guitar, bouzouki, slide guitar, drums, bones) on two tracks.

 
 
 

Musical Traditions No 6

Early 1986

MT vol 6   pp.64, A4   £2.00

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Principal contents:
  • Freddy McKay - Stand Up, Speak Out, Shut Up, Sit Down, by Keith Summers and Peta Webb
  • Bart Callow - village musician, by Michael Pickering
  • Resurecting Rosa, by Tony Barker
  • The Armstrong Twins, by Bill McNeil
  • News and Reviews
 
 

Musical Traditions No 8

 
Early 1990        

MT vol 8   pp.64, A4   £2.00

Only 5 left

Principal contents:
  • Joe Barrick's - Piatarbajo and one-man band, by Hal Rammell
  • Fred Todd - Sixty Years a Buff, by Dave Williams
  • Discographies of Ethnic Music, by Keith Summers
  • News and Reviews