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The Copper Family's BBC Archive Recordings

I compiled this list of BBC archive recordings from the Copper Family's discography (PDF file) and the Roud Folksong Index.

All BBC archive recordings were recorded at the Central Club, Peacehaven, Sussex, in the 1950s.

BBC 16060

BBC 16060-16067 were recorded by Brian George on March 1, 1951

  1. [Jim, Bob] Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (Roud 165)
  2. [Jim, Bob] The Claudy Banks (Roud 266; Laws N40; G/D 5:1036; Henry H5, H693)

Both tracks were included in 2001 on Come Write Me Down

BBC 16061

  1. [Bob] The Farmer's Glory (Two Young Brethren) (Roud 202)
  2. [Jim, Bob] The Farmer's Glory (Two Young Brethren) (Roud 202)

BBC 16062

  1. [Jim, Bob] When Spring Comes In (Spring Glee) (Roud 439)
  2. [Jim, Bob] Sweep Chimney Sweep (Roud 1217)
  3. [Jim, Bob] Brisk and Bonny Lad (Roud 606)

Track 3 was included in 1955 on The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music - Volume III: England;
Tracks 2 and 3 were included in 2001 on Come Write Me Down

BBC 16063

  1. [Jim] Charming Molly (Roud 1213)
  2. [Jim] Oh No John (Roud 146)
  3. [Jim, Bob] Brisk Young Ploughboy (Roud 1205)

Track 3 was included in 2001 on Come Write Me Down

BBC 16064

  1. [Jim] The Labourer (Roud 19; G/D 3:437; Henry H622)
  2. [Bob] The Brisk Young Ploughboy (Roud 1205)

BBC 16065

  1. [Jim, Bob] Come Write Me Down (The Wedding Song) (Roud 381; G/D 5:980)
  2. [Jim] The Ploughshare (Seasons of the Year) (Roud 169)

BBC 16066

  1. [Jim, Bob] Spencer the Rover (Roud 1115)
  2. [Jim, Bob] Shepherd of the Downs (Roud 1215)

BBC 16067

  1. [Bob] The Merry Haymakers (The Pleasant Month of May) (Roud 153; Henry H697)
  2. [Jim] Babes in the Wood (Roud 288; Laws Q34)
  3. [Jim] The Threshing Song (Roud 874)
  4. [Jim] The Barley Mow (When Jones's Ale Was New) (Roud 139; G/D 3:561)

Track 3 was included in 1955 on The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music - Volume III: England

BBC 17986

BBC 17986 and 17987 were recorded by Seamus Ennis on April 3, 1952

  1. [Jim, John, Bob, Ron] Warlike Seamen (The Irish Captain) (Roud 690; G/D 1:41; Henry H560)
  2. [Jim, John, Bob, Ron] Come Write Me Down (Roud 381; G/D 5:980)

Track 1 was included in 1988 on Coppersongs
Both tracks were included in 2001 on Come Write Me Down

BBC 17987

  1. [Bob] Admiral Benbow (Roud 227)
  2. [Jim, John, Bob, Ron] The Banks of the Sweet Primroses (Roud 586; G/D 8:1841)
  3. [Jim] General Wolfe (Roud 624; Laws A1)

Tracks 2 was included in 1975 on The Electric Muse;
Tracks 2 and 3 were included in 2001 on Come Write Me Down

BBC 17988

BBC 17988-17990 were recorded by Seamus Ennis on April 24, 1952

  1. [Jim] The Highwayman Outwitted (The Farmer from Cheshire) (Roud 2638; Laws L2)

BBC 17989

  1. [Jim or Bob?] Thousands or More (Roud 1220)
  2. [Jim, Bob] My Father Had an Acre of Land (Heigh Ho, Sing Ivy) (Roud 21093)
  3. [Bob] My Love Has Gone (Roud 466; Laws K17; G/D 6:1244)
  4. [Jim] The Bold Forester (Lord Thomas) (Roud 4; Child 73; G/D 2:212)

Tracks 1 and 2 were included in 2001 on Come Write Me Down

BBC 17990

  1. [Jim, Bob] The Fox (Roud 131; G/D 3:499; Henry H38)
  2. [Bob] The Banks of Sweet Primroses (Roud 586; G/D 8:1841)
  3. [Bob] A Week Before Easter (Roud 154; G/D 6:1198)

BBC 21543

BBC 21543-21547 were recorded by Peter Kennedy on February 2, 1955

  1. [Ron, Bob] When Adam Was First Created (Roud 728; G/D 7:1269)
  2. [Ron, Bob] Cupid's Garden (Roud 297; G/D 5:970)
  3. [Ron, Bob] The Barley Mow (When Jones's Ale Was New) (Roud 139; G/D 3:561)

BBC 21544

  1. [Bob] The Shepherd's Song (Roud 1208)
  2. [Bob] A Lawyer Bold (Roud 922)
  3. [Ron, Bob] Shepherds Arise (Roud 1207)

BBC 21545

  1. [Bob] Sweet Lemaney (Roud 193)
  2. [Bob] The Haying Cock (Roud 9318)
  3. [Bob] Brisk and Lively Lad (Roud 2930; G/D 1:173)

BBC 21546

  1. [Bob] Spotted Cow (Roud 956)
  2. [Bob] The Sheep-Shearing Song (The Black Ram) (Roud 879)

BBC 21547

  1. [Bob] I Keep My Dogs (Dogs and Ferrets) (Roud 363)
  2. [Bob] The Bold Dragoon (Roud 321; Laws M27)
  3. [Bob] The White Cockade (Roud 191)

BBC LP 26349

recorded in November 1957; the album also includes recordings sung by Victor ‘Turp’ Brown

  1. [John] My Father Had an Acre of Land (Heigh Ho, Sing Ivy) (Roud 21093)
  2. [John] Brisk and Bonny Lad (Roud 606)