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The Yellow Haired Laddie

Andy May: The Yellow Haired Laddie (Fellside FECD174)

The Yellow Haired Laddie
Andy May

Fellside Recordings FECD174 (CD, UK, March 2003)

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Recorded by Paul Adams;
Produced by Paul Adams and Andy May;
Cover design based on a photograph by Stan May;
Artwork by Mary Blood

Musicians

Andy May: Northumbrian pipes, piano;
with
Simon Haworth: guitar, cittern, bass, vocals;
Kathryn Tickell: fiddle, viola;
Stan May: harmonica;
Simon James: poem

Tracks

  1. King of the Pipers / Phil's Favourite (2.49)
  2. Rowley Burn / The Piper in the Well (3.09)
  3. Peacock's March / The Drunken Parson / Rookland Lasses (4.31)
  4. The Bonny Lass of Bon Accord (3.57)
  5. Piper's Song (4.17)
  6. Da Slockit Light (3.14)
  7. Go To Berwick Johnny / Dog Leap Stairs / Because He Was a Bonny Lad (3.07)
  8. Bobby Shaftoe (2.43)
  9. Blow the Wind Southerly / Sidlaw Hills (3.56)
  10. Cheviot Lament (2.54)
  11. The Golden Eagle / The Banks Hornpipe (3.16)
  12. Roslyn Castle / The Mason's Apron (5.53)
  13. Caller Herrin / Sir Sidney Smith's March (3.39)
  14. Farewell to the Dene / The Spey in Spate / Billy Pigg's Hornpipe (4.28)

Tracks 1a, 3ab, 7ac, 8-9, 11a, 12, 13b trad.;
Track 1b Ian Scott;
Track 2a Forster Charlton;
Track 2b Andrew Davidson;
Track 3c, 14c Billy Pigg;
Track 4, 14b James Scott Skinner;
Track 5 Simon Haworth;
Track 6 Tom Anderson;
Track 7b Alistair Anderson;
Track 10 Simon James;
Track 11b Parazotti;
Track 13 Nathaniel Gow;
Track 14a Willie Taylor

> Folk Music > Records > Andy May: Happy Hours

Happy Hours

Andy May: Happy Hours (Fellside FECD224)

Happy Hours
Andy May

Fellside Recordings FECD224 (CD, UK, April 2009)

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Recorded, mixed and mastered by Julien Batten at Quayside Studios, Newcastle upon Tyne, Summer 2008;
Produced by Andy May;
Photography Reed Ingram Weir;
Graphic design by Lillias Kinsman-Blake;
Front cover design by Andy May

Musicians

Andy May: Northumbrian pipes, piano;
Ian Stephenson: guitar, double bass;
Sophy Ball: fiddle;
Julien Batten: accordion;
Andrew Davison: Northumbrian pipes [9];
Benny Graham: vocals [11]

Tracks

  1. Swearybox / The Hawk (2.38)
  2. Regular Climber Set: unknown / The Regular Climber (3.16)
  3. All Night Long: All the Night I Lay with Jockey / Juniper Hill (4.30)
  4. Five Four: Bréhattitude (5.05)
  5. Nine Eight: Kiss'd Her Under the Coverlet / Shew's the Way to Wallington (2.30)
  6. Ellington (3.41)
  7. James Hill Set: Earl Grey / XYZ / The Quayside (3.58)
  8. Arethusa / Trip to Scarborough (5.42)
  9. Pipes Duet: Catcherside / Owen Hackett's / The Glasgow City Police Pipe Band (4.15)
  10. Happy Hours / Reepakan Polka (3.36)
  11. One Miner's Life (4.05)
  12. The Countess of Galloway / The Topiarist / I'm Going to Speke (4.27)
  13. Muiñeiras: Muiñeira de Pontesampaio / Muiñeira a Camposa (3.37)

Track 1a Tom Anderson;
Track 1b James Hill;
Tracks 2a, 3, 5, 9b trad.;
Track 2b, 6 Andy May;
Track 4 Bruno le Tron;
Tracks 7, 8a attributed to James Hill;
Track 9a Ian Scott;
Track 9c Pipe Major Donald McLeod;
Track 10a Vacher;
Track 10b trad. Finnish;
Track 11 Ed Pickford;
Track 12a Roland Lofthouse;
Track 12b Tom Oakes;
Track 12c Joe Scurfield;
Track 13 trad. Galician

> Folk Music > Records > Andy May Trio: About Time

Andy May Trio: About Time

Andy May Trio: About Time (Ashwood ASH001)

About Time
Andy May Trio

Ashwood Records ASH001 (CD, UK, 17 October 2015)

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Produced by Andy May Trio;
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Ian Stephenson at Ashwood Studios;
Trio photo by Simon Balfe;
Artwork by Jimmy Träskelin, JRobertDesign

Musicians

Andy May: Northumbrian smallpipes, piano, harmonium;
Sophy Ball: fiddle;
Ian Stephenson: guitar, C#/D melodeon, double bass

Tracks

  1. Bonaparte: Bonaparte's Expedition / Lang Stay'd Away (3.33)
  2. Cuckold Come Out of the Amery (2.38)
  3. Hambo Eric: Learn to Hambo / Eric Stephenson of Crookhill (3.55)
  4. Octopus Butcher: The Butcher of Blyth / Octopus Man (4.22)
  5. Dreams of Tea: Dreams of Yorkshire Tea / Marche 150 (4.19)
  6. Leaving Copenhagen (3.37)
  7. Quick and Merry: The Sailor's Wife / Quick and Merry (2.54)
  8. Transatlantic Reels: Ian's Reel / Transatlantic Reel (3.12)
  9. The Norwegian Gent (4.59)
  10. Peacock's Trip to the Bigg Market (4.46)
  11. Handsome Mug: The Mug of Brown Ale / Handsome Young Maidens (3.13)

Tracks 1ab, 2, 5b, 7ab, 11a trad.;
Tracks 3a, 5a Sophie Ball;
Tracks 3b, 4b, 6, 8a, 10 Andy May;
Tracks 4a, 8b, 9 Ian Stephenson;
Track 11b Charlie Lennon

> Folk Music > Records > Andy May Trio: Just a Second

Andy May Trio: Just a Second

Andy May Trio: Just a Second (Ashwood ASH003)

Just a Second
Andy May Trio

Ashwood Records ASH003 (CD, UK, 6 January 2020)

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Produced by Andy May Trio;
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Ian Stephenson at Simpson Street Studios, Thropton
except track 11 recorded at St James' and St Basil's Church, Fenham;
Photography by James Appleton;
Artwork by Jimmy Träskelin

Musicians

Andy May: Northumbrian smallpipes, piano;
Ian Stephenson: guitar, C#/D accordion, double bass;
Sophy Ball: fiddle

Tracks

  1. #AngryFolkyRant (3.13)
  2. King George: King George the 3rd / Dusk Chase (3.53)
  3. Matt and Rachael (4.20)
  4. The Rant Set: Otterburn Tower / Get a Move on Bruce / Robertson's Reel (4.23)
  5. Ivy's Waltz (3.16)
  6. The Lock Keeper Set: Forest Jig / Miss McLoud / The Lock Keeper (4.30)
  7. Tweedside: Tweedside / Hoop Her and Gird Her (6.04)
  8. Tipp Staff: Steel's Jig / The Tipp Staff (3.16)
  9. Compass (4.36)
  10. Maggot: Barkers Maggot / Nothern Frisk (4.26)
  11. Lark in the Clear Air (3.27)

Tracks 1, 3, 4b, 6a, 9 Ian Stephenson;
Track 2a trad. arr. Rob Harbron;
Track 4a, 7ab, 8, 10ab, 11 trad.;
Track 4c Tom Anderson;
Tracks 5, 6b Andy May;
Track 6a Sophy Ball;

> Folk Music > Records > Andy May Trio: Big Boots to Fill

Andy May Trio: Big Boots to Fill

Andy May Trio: Big Boots to Fill (Ashwood)

Big Boots to Fill
A Tribute to the Shepherds
Andy May Trio

Ashwood Records (DL, UK, 9 October 2020)

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In August 2020 in the heart of Covid-19 lockdown, the Andy May Trio were approached by Alnwick Pipers' Society with the idea of making some new trio recordings based on the repertoire of ‘The Shepherds’, a group of three influential folk musicians from Northumberland, namely Will Taylor, Will Atkinson and Joe Hutton.

Andy, Ian and Sophy proceeded to run with the idea, digging out all kinds of fantastic lesser-known repertoire from old setlists, recordings and LPs provided by friends, relatives and fellow fans of the original Northumbrian trio.

The resulting repertoire proved inspiring for the band and over three days in October 2020 the album was recorded in Northumberland and it now stands as a fitting tribute to their favourite three musicians.

Produced by Andy May Trio;
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Ian Stephenson at Simpson Street Studios, Thropton in October 2020;
CD sleeve design by Ian Stephenson

Bright Young Folk review by Michele Shepherd

Musicians

Andy May: Northumbrian smallpipes, piano, harmonium;
Ian Stephenson: guitar, melodeon, double bass;
Sophy Ball: fiddle, 5-string fiddle

Tracks

  1. The Cold Nights of Winter / Raughton Head Hornpipe (5:59)
  2. Storrers / Washington Hornpipe / Miss Jean Milligan (4:21)
  3. Maggie Watson's polka (2:44)
  4. Miss Mona Cameron / On The Fiddle / Unknown Tune (4:04)
  5. Lady's Well (3:51)
  6. A. M. Shinnie / Dans De Chez Nous / Elisabeth Adere / Jack’s Pocket Ashtray (4:58)
  7. Kelso Accordion and Fiddle Club / Linda McFarlane (4:41)
  8. Bonny Strathearn (3:56)
  9. Hexham Quadrille / Anniversary Jig / Unknown Tune (3:54)
  10. Captain Norman Orr Ewing / Redford Cottage (2:51)
  11. Neil Taylor’s Jig / Unknown Tune (3:07)

Tracks 1a, 2ab, 6b, 9b trad.;
Tracks 4c, 9c, 11b unknown;
Track 1b J. Adams William Irwin’s MS 1838;
Track 2c Winifred Bird Matthew 1948;
Track 3 Jimmy Craigie;
Track 4a A. Cameron;
Track 4b Joseph Hornsby;
Track 5 Archie Dagg;
Tracks 6ac Angus Fitchet;
Track 6d Graham Edmondson;
Track 7a Bob Liddle;
Track 7b Robin Brock;
Track 8 Jacca R A Mclaren Hay;
Track 9a Lionel Winship MS 1833;
Track 10a Pipe Major Willie Ross, 1912;
Track 10b William Sinclair;
Track 11a Will Taylor

> Folk Music > Records > Andy May

Other records with Andy May

Kathryn Tickell, Back to the Hills, CD, Resilient RES001, 2002

Simon Haworth, Taking Routes, CD, Fellside FECD172, 2003

Landmarks (Fellside FECD203) Various Artists, Landmarks: 25 Years of a Leading Folk Music Label, 3 CD, Fellside FECD203, 2006

Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies, Northern Echoes, CD+DVD, Tantobie TTRCD110, 2008

The Queensberry Rules, Take Your Own Roads, CD, Fellside FECD227, 2009

Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies, Wotcheor!, CD, Tantobie TTR111, 2010

Various Artists, One Night for Norma, CD, Scarlet SR027CD, 2011

Broom Bezzums, Winterman, CD, Steeplejack SJCD015, 2012

Jez Lowe: The Ballad Beyond (Tantobie TTRCD113) Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies, The Ballad Beyond, CD, Tantobie TTR113, 2014

Broom Bezzums, No Smaller Than the World, CD, Steeplejack SJCD017, 2015

The Journey Continues (Fellside FECD272) Various Artists, The Journey Continues: Fellside at 40, 3 CD, Fellside FECD272, 2016

Liz Conway & Friends: Downhill All the Way (Stonehouse SHMCD005) Liz Conway & Friends, Downhill All the Way, CD, Stonehouse SHMCD005, 2018