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A Century of Song

A Century of Song (EFDSS CD02)

A Century of Song
Various Artists

EFDSS CD02 (CD, UK, 1998)

Compiled and edited by Derek Schofield and Malcolm Taylor, who also wrote the notes on the singers and the songs;
Published by the English Folk Dance and Song Society in 1998 to celebrate the cetenary of the Folk Song Society.

Review by Rod Stradling

Tracks

  1. The Copper Family: Claudy Banks (Roud 266; Laws N40; G/D 5:1036; Henry H5, H693) (4.25)
    Bob, John and Lynne Copper, Jon Dudley and Jill Copper;
    from Coppersongs: A Living Tradition (EFDSS VWML 004, 1988)
  2. Frederick White: Claudy Banks (Roud 266; Laws N40; G/D 5:1036; Henry H5, H693) (1.19)
    probably Frederick White, Southampton; probably recorded by J.F. Guyer and/or George Gardiner, January 1909 on a phonograph
  3. William Bartle: Come All You Garners Gay (Roud 3; G/D 6:1180) (4.32)
    William Bartle, Wrestlingworth, Bedfordshire; recorded by Fred Hamer, August 19, 1960;
    from the cassette The Leaves of Life (EFDSS, VWML 003, 1989)
  4. Mrs Humphreys: Tarry Trousers (Roud 427) / Bushes and Briars (Roud 1027) (2.27)
    probably Mrs Humphreys, Ingrave, Essex; recorded by Ralph Vaughan Williams on a phonograph
  5. Arthur Howard: The Death of Poor Bill Brown (Roud 609) (3.11)
    Arthur Howard, Hazlehead, Penistone, South Yorkshire; recorded by Ian Russell, 1981;
    from Merry Mountain Child (Hill & Dale, HD006, 1981)
  6. Alfred Edgell: Among the New-Mown Hay (Roud 2941) (0.42)
    probably Alfred Edgell, Chew Magna, Somerset; recorded by Cecil Sharp, December 26, 1907 on a phonograph
  7. Eunice Yeatts MacAlexander: Black Jack Davy (Roud 1; Child 200; G/D 2:278; Henry H124) (1.23)
    Eunice Yeatts MacAlexander, Meadows of Dan, Patrick County, Virginia, USA; recorded by Mike Yates, August 11, 1979
  8. David Clements: The Banks of Green Willow (Roud 172; Child 24; G/D 6:1225) (1.41)
    possibly David Clements, Basingstoke, Hampshire; recorded by Ralph Vaughan Williams in January 1909 on a phonograph
  9. Harry Cox: The Pretty Ploughboy (Roud 186; Laws M24; G/D 1:170; Henry H105) (3.03)
    Harry Cox, Catsfield, Norfolk; recorded at the Decca Studios, London, for the EFDSS, 1934;
    first released in c. 1934 on a 78rpm disc
  10. Singer Unknown: The Banks of the Nile (Roud 950; Laws N9; G/D 1:99; Henry H238a) (1.52)
    singer unknown; possibly recorded by Ralph Vaughan Williams on a phonograph
  11. Emma Vickers: There Is a Tavern (Roud 18834; G/D 6:1171) (2.45)
    Emma Vickers, Burscough, Lancashire; recorded by Fred Hamer, October/November 1963;
    from the cassette The Leaves of Life (EFDSS, VWML 003, 1989)
  12. Peter Verrall: The Rambling Sailor (Roud 518; G/D 7:1477) (2.02)
    probably Peter Verral, Monks Gate, Horsham, Sussex; recorded by Ralph Vaughan Williams on May 2, 1907 on a phonograph
  13. Phil Tanner: Young Roger Esquire (Roud 680; Laws P8; G/D 4:761; Henry H90) (2.38)
    Phil Tanner, Llangennith, Glamorgan; recorded in May 1949 and released in 1957 by the EFDSS on a 78rpm disc
  14. Mary Ann Haynes: Flash Company (Roud 954) (2.44)
    Mary Ann Haynes, Brighton, Sussex; recorded by Mike Yates, 1975
  15. Bob & Ron Copper: Spencer the Rover (Roud 1115) (3.22)
    Bob and Ron Copper, Rottingdean, Sussex;
    from Bob and Ron Copper (EFDSS, LP1002, 1963)
  16. May Bradley: On Christmas Day (Roud 1078) (1.33)
    May Bradley, Ludlow, Shropshire; recorded by Fred Hamer, September 1959;
    from Garners Gay (EFDSS, LP1006, 1971)
  17. Carollers in the Black Bull, Ecclesfield, Sheffield: Hark, Hark, What News (Roud 3210) (3.25)
    Carollers led by Ike Baxter, The Black Bull, Ecclesfield, Sheffield; recorded by Ian Russell, December 4, 1997
  18. Will Noble: Friezland Ale (Roud 12916) (3.13)
    Will Noble, Shepley, Huddersfield, Yorkshire; recorded by Ian Russell, National Folk Music Festival, Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire, April 18, 1998
  19. Ray Driscoll: The Wild, Wild Berry (Roud 10; Child 12; G/D 2:209; Henry H814) (1.45)
    Ray Driscoll, Dulwich, London; recorded by Mike Yates, April 5, 1989
  20. Mary Delaney: Green Grows the Laurel (Roud 279; G/D 6:1138; Henry H165ab) (3.51)
    Mary Delaney, Co Cork, Ireland; recorded by Pat Mackenzie and Jim Carroll in London, July 1977;
    from the cassette Early in the Month of Spring (EFDSS, VWML 001, 1986)
  21. Frank Hinchliffe: The Pear Tree (Roud 1713) (2.12)
    Frank Hinchliffe, Crosspool, Sheffield; recorded by Mike Yates, May 7, 1976
    from In Sheffield Park (Topic 12TS261, 1977)
  22. Fred Jordan: The Banks of the Sweet Primroses (Roud 586; G/D 8:1841) (2.59)
    Fred Jordan, Aston Muslow, Craven Arms, Shropshire; recorded by Ian Russell, Denby Dale, Yorkshire, October 5, 1990;
    from the cassette In Course of Time (EFDSS, VWML 006, 1991)
  23. Walter Pardon: Bright Golden Store (Roud 1638) (3.29)
    Walter Pardon, Knapton, Norfolk; recorded by Mike Yates, March 12, 1983;
    from Bright Golden Store (Home Made Music LP301, 1983)
  24. Evelyn Ramsey: The True Lover's Farewell (Roud 422) (2.35)
    Evelyn Ramsey, Sodom Laurel, Madison Couty, North Carolina, USA; recorded by Mike Yates, August 30, 1968
  25. Will Noble, John Cocking, Andrew Rogers, Ian Russell: Gossip John (Roud 1039) (3.53)
    recorded by Ian Russell, National Folk Music Festival, Sutton Bonington, Nottinghamshire, April 18, 1998