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The Bird in the Bush

Frankie Armstrong, Anne Briggs, A.L. Lloyd: The Bird in the Bush (Topic 12T135)

The Bird in the Bush
Traditional Erotic Songs
Frankie Armstrong, Anne Briggs, A.L. Lloyd

Topic Records 12T135 (LP, UK, July 1966)

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This is one of the earliest themed albums on the Topic label, concerning ribald folk songs from the British Isles. It was masterminded by A.L. Lloyd, but he also invited Frankie Armstrong and Anne Briggs into the project to add some vocal variety.

Musicians

A.L. Lloyd, vocals [1, 3, 5, 7-8, 10, 12, 14];
Frankie Armstrong, vocals [2, 11];
Anne Briggs, vocals [4, 6, 9, 13];
Dave Swarbrick, violin [1, 5, 8, 14];
Alf Edwards, concertina [8, 12, 14]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [ALL] The Two Magicians (Roud 1350; Child 44) (4.41)
  2. [FA] The Old Man From Over the Sea (Roud 362) (2.49)
  3. [ALL] The Wanton Seed (Roud 17230) (1.30)
  4. [AB] Gathering Rushes in the Month of May (Roud 899) (4.46)
  5. [ALL] The Bonny Black Hare (Roud 1656) (2.54)
  6. [AB] The Whirly Whorl (Roud 12573) (1.12)
  7. [ALL] Pretty Polly (Roud 329) (1.27)
  1. [ALL] The Old Bachelor (Roud 7162) (3.42)
  2. [AB] The Stonecutter Boy (Roud 971) (1.53)
  3. [ALL] The Mower (Roud 833) (1.57)
  4. [FA] The Bird in the Bush (Roud 290) (2.55)
  5. [ALL] The Pegging Awl (Roud 2126) (2.46)
  6. [AB] Martinmas Time (Roud 2173) (4.50)
  7. [ALL] The Widow of Westmorland's Daughter (Roud 228) (2.15)

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The Bird in the Bush

The Bird in the Bush (Topic TSCD479)

The Bird in the Bush
Traditional Songs of Love and Lust
Various Artists

Topic Records TSCD479 (CD, UK, 1996)

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This is a CD reissue of the above LP with a few additional tracks by Frankie Armstrong, Norman Kennedy and Louis Killen from their Topic LPs. Sadly, this CD is out of print too.

Musicians

A.L. Lloyd, vocals [1, 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 19];
Frankie Armstrong, vocals [2, 6, 15];
Anne Briggs, vocals [4, 8, 13, 18];
Norman Kennedy, vocals [10];
Dave Swarbrick, violin [1, 7, 11, 19];
Alf Edwards, concertina [11, 16, 19];
Louis Killen, vocals [5, 12, 17], concertina [5]

Tracks

  1. [ALL] The Two Magicians (Roud 1350; Child 44) (4.41)
  2. [FA] The Old Man From Over the Sea (Roud 362) (2.49)
  3. [ALL] The Wanton Seed (Roud 17230) (1.30)
  4. [AB] Gathering Rushes in the Month of May (Roud 899) (4.46)
  5. [LK] The Banks of Sweet Primroses (Roud 586) (2.16)
  6. [FA] The Maid on the Shore (Roud 181; Laws K27) (4.07)
  7. [ALL] The Bonny Black Hare (Roud 1656) (2.54)
  8. [AB] The Whirly Whorl (Roud 12573) (1.12)
  9. [ALL] Pretty Polly (Roud 329) (1.27)
  10. [NK] The Night Visiting Song (Roud 22568) (3.24)
  11. [ALL] The Old Bachelor (Roud 7162) (3.42)
  12. [LK] The Cock (Roud 21234) (2.59)
  13. [AB] The Stonecutter Boy (Roud 971) (1.53)
  14. [ALL] The Mower (Roud 833) (1.57)
  15. [FA] The Bird in the Bush (Roud 290) (2.55)
  16. [ALL] The Pegging Awl (Roud 2126) (2.46)
  17. [LK] One May Morning (Roud 277; Laws O17) (2.07)
  18. [AB] Martinmas Time (Roud 2173) (4.50)
  19. [ALL] The Widow of Westmorland's Daughter (Roud 228) (2.15)

To the original tracks from the LP The Bird in the Bush were added:
Tracks 5, 12, 17 from Louis Killen: Ballads & Broadsides (12T126, 1965)
Track 6 from Frankie Armstrong: Lovely on the Water (12TS216, 1972)
Track 10 from Norman Kennedy: Scots Songs and Ballads (12T178, 1968)