Malinky: Far Better Days (Malinky MM001) The Dovetail Trio: Wing of Evening (RootBeat RBRCD27) The Furrow Collective: Blow Out the Moon (Furrow FURR009) Lucy Ward: I Dreamt I Was a Bird (Betty Beetroot BETTY01) Simpson·Cutting·Kerr: Murmurs (Topic TSCD591)

You can't trust folk songs. They always sneak up on you.
Granny Weatherwax in Terry Pratchett: Witches Abroad

Featured Musicians and Groups

This list links to discographies of the most important (to me, that is ;-) musicians and groups featured on Mainly Norfolk. You'll find a lot more of them in the comprehensive alphabetic folk discography and in the record label discographies shown at the top of the navigation column.

Note: I inherited the websites for some artists hosted here: Sandy Denny (merging it with mine) and Trevor Lucas in 1998 from Willem Doornkamp; Waterson:Carthy, Ashley Hutchings, Joseph Taylor and the Kipper Family in 2002 from Dr. Garry Gillard when he retired from Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. Thank you very much for your great work and for asking me to take over!
And thanks to Alistair Banfield too for his never-ending support and wealth of information.

The Child Ballads 1 (Caedmon TC 1145) Scottish Tradition Vol. 5: The Muckle Sangs (Greentrax CDTRAX 9005) Three Score and Ten (Topic TOPIC70) Here's a Health to the Company (Old Songs & Bothy Ballads Volume 1; Autumn Harvest AH 002) James Findlay, Bella Hardy, Brian Peters, Lucy Ward: The Liberty to Choose (Fellside FECD257) Good Humour for the Rest of the Night (The Voice of the People Volume 25; Topic TSCD675)

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> A personal note

This website started in about 1996 as a fan website for Steeleye Span and Sandy Denny on my personal homepage on the university department's webserver that I am administering. Since then it grew to a comprehensive overview of recorded traditional and contemporary English and Scottish folk music. It comprises 4705 web pages cataloguing 4147 albums and books—nearly all of them in my own collection—and 2205 songs and tunes, with cross references to the Child, Laws and Roud folksong indexes, to the Greig-Duncan Folk Song Collection, and to the Traditional Ballad Index at California State University, Fresno. It is widely linked to in the folk scene and is, amongst others, approved and supported by Prof. Dr. Albrecht Schneider, retired Professor of Systematic Musicology at my own university and supervisor of Prof. Dr. Britta Sweers' seminal doctoral thesis on Electric Folk, by Dr. Fay Hield of the Department of Music at the University of Sheffield, and by Dr. Garry Gillard, retired, of Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. Thank you very much for your support.

17 years later I had to move on. In March 2013 my university's press and public relations office—which I didn't know to be an academic advisory board—took umbrage at these pages. It ruled that they were academically unworthy (“völlig universitätsfremde Inhalte”) and it asked me to move them to somewhere else. Which I have done. Welcome to