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The Copper Family

This is a listing of just my Copper Family albums with additional information on the BBC archive recordings from the 1950s gathered from the Roud Index and the Copper Family website. For a full discography, see the Copper Family's own list of books and recordings and their complete discography. I compiled the list of BBC archive recordings from the Copper's discography and the Roud Folksong Index.

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BBC Archive Recordings

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)

BBC 21546

  1. [Bob] Spotted Cow (Roud 956)
  2. [Bob] The Sheep-Shearing Song (The Black Ram) (Roud 897)

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)

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Bob and Ron Copper: Traditional Songs from Rottingdean

Bob and Ron Copper: Traditional Songs from Rottingdean (EFDSS LP 1002)

Traditional Songs from Rottingdean
Bob and Ron Copper

EFDSS LP 1002 (LP, UK, 1963)
Fledg'ling Records FLED 3097 (CD, UK, January 26, 2015)
Fledg'ling Records FLLP 3097 (LP, UK, Record Store Day April 18, 2015)

Bob and Ron Copper: Traditional Songs from Rottingdean (Fledg'ling FLED 3097)
Bob and Ron Copper: English Shepherd & Farming Songs (Folk-Legacy FSB-19)

English Shepherd & Farming Songs
Bob and Ron Copper

Folk-Legacy Records FSB-19 (LP, USA, 1964)
Folk-Legacy Records CD-19 (CD, USA, 2006)

Bob and Ron Copper: English Shepherd & Farming Songs (Folk-Legacy CD-19)
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Recorded by Peter Kennedy in 1955 (possibly March 9) [2, 8-9, 11-12, 14] and 1963 [1, 3-7, 10, 13, 15-16];
Notes by Bob Copper

Musicians

Bob Copper, vocals [1-2, 4-10, 12-16];
Ron Copper, vocals [1-16];

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Two Young Brethren (Roud 202) (2.29)
  2. The Month of May (Roud 153; Henry H697) (2.00)
  3. Honest Labourer (Roud 19; G/D 3:437; Henry H622) (3.08)
  4. The Birds in the Spring (Roud 356) (1.43)
  5. Shepherd of the Downs (Shepherd in Love) (Roud 1215) (4.40)
  6. The Threshing Song (Roud 874) (1.34)
  7. Dame Durdan (Roud 1209) (1.42)
  8. The Ploughshare (The Seasons Round) (Roud 169) (3.49)
  1. Sportsmen, Arouse! (The Innocent Hare) (Roud 1216) (2.55)
  2. The Lark in the Morning (Roud 151) (2.02)
  3. Hard Times of Old England (Roud 1206) (2.55)
  4. Spencer the Rover (Roud 1115) (3.21)
  5. When Spring Comes In (Spring Glee) (Roud 439) (2.35)
  6. Good Ale (Roud 203; G/D 3:590) (2.40)
  7. Babes in the Wood (Roud 288; Laws Q34) (2.01)
  8. Cupid's Garden (Roud 297; G/D 5:970) (2.34)

Note: The Folk-Legacy reissue LP and CD have the record sides swapped from the EFDSS original.

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A Song for Every Season

The Copper Family: A Song for Every Season (Leader LEAB 404)

A Song for Every Season
The Singing Tradition of the Copper Family of Rottingdean, Sussex

Leader Records LEAB 404 (LEA 4046-4049) (4 LP, UK, 1971)

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Recorded at the home of Bob Copper, Peacehaven, Sussex by Bill Leader;
Recordings and booklet edited by Dave Bland;
Booklet designed by Janet Kerr;
Front cover design by Mike Dempsey;
Discs mastered at EMI by John Wadley;
Produced by Dave Bland and Bill Leader

Musicians

Bob Copper, vocals [1-8, 10-15, 17-19, 21-25, 27-40-46];
Ron Copper, vocals [3, 6, 8, 10, 15, 17, 21, 27, 30, 32, 35-36, 42, 46];
Jill Copper, vocals [3, 6, 8, 16, 20, 39];
John Copper, vocals [1-3, 5-10, 12-15, 17-19, 21-22, 25-27, 29-32, 34-37, 40-42, 44-46]

Tracks

Disk 1: Tater Beer Night (Leader LEA 4046)

Side 1Side 2
  1. [Bob, John] Dame Durdan (Roud 1209) (3.38)
  2. [Bob, John] By the Green Grove (Roud 356) (4.36)
  3. [all] Spencer the Rover (Roud 1115) (4.34)
  4. [Bob] Charming Molly (Roud 1213) (1.54)
  5. [Bob, John] Sweep Chimney Sweep (Roud 1217) (3.30)
  6. [all] Rose of Allendale (Roud 1218) (4.31)
  1. [Bob, John] Pleasant Month of May (Roud 153; Henry H697) (2.27)
  2. [all] When Spring Comes In (Roud 439) (4.46)
  3. [John] Spotted Cow (Roud 956) (2.22)
  4. [Bob, Ron, John] Wop She 'ad It-io (Roud 1212) (2.59)
  5. [Bob] A Week Before Easter (Roud 154; G/D 6:1198) (3.10)
  6. [Bob, John] Brisk and Lively Lad (Roud 2930) (6.20)

Disk 2: Black Ram (Leader LEA 4047)

Side 3Side 4
  1. [Bob, John] Sheepshearing Song (Roud 879) (3.12)
  2. [Bob, John] Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (Roud 165) (6.01)
  3. [Bob, Ron, John] Claudy Banks (Roud 266; Laws N40; G/D 5:1036; Henry H5, H693) (3.26)
  4. [Jill] Sweet Lemeney (Roud 193) (3.16)
  5. [Bob, Ron, John] Corduroy (Roud 1219) (7.05)
  1. [Bob, John] Come All Bold Britons (Roud 1214) (2.49)
  2. [John, Bob, Ron] No John, No (Roud 146) (2.09)
  3. [Jill] The Shepherd's Song (Roud 1208) (4.19)
  4. [Bob, Ron, John] Thousands or More (Roud 1220) (2.20)
  5. [Bob, John] Shepherd of the Downs (Roud 1215) (5.01)
  6. [Bob] As I Walked Out (The Irish Girl) (Roud 308; G/D 5:946; Henry H711) (3.03)

Disk 3: Hollerin' Pot (Leader LEA 4048)

Side 5Side 6
  1. [Bob] Seamen Bold (Ship in Distress) (Roud 807) (3.17)
  2. [Bob, John] When Adam Was First Created (Roud 728; G/D 7:1269) (6.21)
  3. [John] A Lawyer Bold (Roud 922) (1.05)
  4. [Bob, Ron, John] Gentlemen of High Renown (Roud 190) (4.41)
  5. [Bob] My Love Has Gone (Roud 466; Laws K17; G/D 6:1244) (4.16)
  6. [Bob, John] The Battle of Alma (Roud 1221) (2.35)
  1. [Bob, Ron, John] Warlike Seamen (Roud 690; G/D 1:41; Henry H560) (3.13)
  2. [Bob, John] Brisk and Bonny Lad (Roud 606) (1.27)
  3. [Bob, Ron, John] Sportsmen, Arouse! (The Innocent Hare) (Roud 1216) (6.59)
  4. [Bob] Admiral Benbow (Roud 227) (4.04)
  5. [Bob, John] Wind Across the Moor (Roud 155; Laws P21; G/D 6:1175) (3.08)
  6. [Bob, Ron, John] Oh, Good Ale (Roud 203; G/D 3:590) (3.43)

Disk 4: Turn o' the Year (Leader LEA 4049)

Side 7Side 8
  1. [Bob, Ron, John] Shepherds Arise (Roud 1207) (3.31)
  2. [Bob, John] Softly the Night (Roud 1222) (2.42)
  3. [Bob] Christmas Song (Roud 1170) (3.48)
  4. [all] Babes in the Wood (Roud 288; Laws Q34) (4.39)
  5. [Bob, John] The Dying Soldier (Roud 1223; G/D 1:110) (6.03)
  1. [Bob, John] Brisk Young Ploughboy (Roud 1205) (1.55)
  2. [John, Bob, Ron] Heigh Ho, Sing Ivy (Roud 21093) (2.39)
  3. [Bob] Jolly Good Song (Roud 1224) (4.47)
  4. [Bob, John] Two Young Brethren (Roud 202) (3.38)
  5. [Bob, John] The Ploughshare (The Seasons Round) (Roud 169) (4.41)
  6. [Bob, Ron, John] Come Write Me Down (Roud 381; G/D 5:980) (4.44)

All tracks traditional

> Folk Music > Records > The Copper Family: A Song for Every Season

A Song for Every Season

The Copper Family: A Song for Every Season (Leader LED 2067)

A Song for Every Season
The Copper Family of Rottingdean, Sussex
(Tracks from the 4 LP set)

Leader Records LED 2067 (LP, UK, 1971)

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Recorded at the home of Bob Copper, Peacehaven, Sussex by Bill Leader;
Recordings and booklet edited by Dave Bland;
Booklet designed by Janet Kerr;
Front cover design by Mike Dempsey;
Discs mastered at EMI by John Wadley;
Produced by Dave Bland and Bill Leader

Musicians

Bob Copper, vocals [1-13];
Ron Copper, vocals [5, 7-9, 11, 13];
Jill Copper, vocals [12];
John Copper, vocals [1-9, 11-13]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [Bob, John] Pleasant Month of May (Roud 153; Henry H697) (2.27)
  2. [Bob, John] Sheepshearing Song (Roud 879) (3.12)
  3. [Bob, John] When Adam Was First Created (Roud 728; G/D 7:1269) (6.21)
  4. [Bob, John] Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (Roud 165) (6.01)
  5. [Bob, Ron, John] Wop She 'ad It-io (Roud 1212) (2.59)
  6. [Bob, John] Wind Across the Moor (Roud 155; Laws P21; G/D 6:1175) (3.08)
  7. [Bob, Ron, John] Claudy Banks (Roud 266; Laws N40; G/D 5:1036; Henry H5, H693) (3.26)
  1. [Bob, Ron, John] Shepherds Arise (Roud 1207) (3.31)
  2. [Bob, Ron, John] Gentlemen of High Renown (Roud 190) (4.41)
  3. [Bob] My Love Has Gone (Roud 466; Laws K17; G/D 6:1244) (4.16)
  4. [Bob, Ron, John] Come Write Me Down (Roud 381; G/D 5:980) (4.44)
  5. [all] Spencer the Rover (Roud 1115) (4.34)
  6. [Bob, Ron, John] Thousands or More (Roud 1220) (2.20)

All tracks traditional

> Folk Music > Records > Bob Copper: Sweet Rose in June

Bob Copper: Sweet Rose in June

Bob Copper: Sweet Rose in June (Topic 12TS328)

Sweet Rose in June
Countryside Songs from the South
Bob Copper

Topic Records 12TS328 (LP, UK, 1977)

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Recorded and produced by Tony Engle and Mike Yates at Peacehaven, Sussex in December 1976;
Photography by Mike Yates;
Sleeve design by Tony Engle

Musicians

Bob Copper, vocals

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Trooper (Roud 311) (5.41)
  2. The Bold “Princess Royal” (Roud 528; Laws K29; G/D 1:47) (3.11)
  3. The Farmer from Chester (Roud 2638; Laws L2) (2.24)
  4. The Mistletoe Bough (Roud 2336) (3.42)
  5. The Bold Dragoon (Roud 321; Laws M27) (2.35)
  6. Young Johnnie (Roud 1437; Laws O9; G/D 5:966) (1.34)
  7. The Parson and the Sucking Pig (Roud 574) (2.48)
  1. Lord Thomas (Roud 4; Child 73; G/D 2:212) (6.05)
  2. The Squire's Lost Lady (Roud 511; Laws K40) (2.16)
  3. Bold General Wolfe (Roud 624; Laws A1) (2.19)
  4. Dick Turpin (Roud 621; Laws L10) (2.41)
  5. The Fox (Roud 131; G/D 3:499; Henry H38) (2.35)
  6. Dogs and Ferrets (Roud 363) (1.40)
  7. The Fisherman (Roud 149) (1.30)
  8. Rose in June (Roud 1202) (3.05)

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> Folk Music > Records > The Copper Family: Coppersongs

Coppersongs

The Copper Family: Coppersongs (EDFSS VWML 004)

Coppersongs
A Living Tradition
The Copper Family

Vaughan William Memorial Library VWML 004 (LP, UK, January 1988)

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Recorded October 1987 at Ideal Sound Recorders, London;
Engineered by David Kenny;
Produced by Ian A. Anderson;
Except track 6 recorded on April 3, 1952 in Peacehaven by Seamus Ennis for the BBC Sound Archive Library, BBC 17986;
Sleeve design by Jon Dudley;
Photographs by Chris Zuidyk

Musicians

Jim, John snr., Ron Copper, vocals [6];
Bob Copper, vocals [1, 3-8, 10, 12-13];
John Copper, vocals [1-5, 7-10, 12-13];
Jill Copper, vocals [1, 3, 5, 7-8, 10-13];
Lynne Copper, vocals [1-3, 5, 7-8, 10, 12-13];
Jon Dudley, vocals [1, 3, 5, 7-13]
Ben, Tom and Lucy Copper, vocals [13];

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [Bob, John, Jill, Lynne, Jon] Claudy Banks (Roud 266; Laws N40; G/D 5:1036; Henry H5, H693) (4.19)
  2. [John, Lynne] Cupid's Garden (Roud 297; G/D 5:970) (3.54)
  3. [Bob, John, Jill, Lynne, Jon] The Ploughshare (The Seasons Round) (Roud 169) (3.55)
  4. [Bob, John] Two Young Brethren (Roud 202) (2.49)
  5. [Bob, John, Jill, Lynne, Jon] Sweep Chimney Sweep (Roud 1217) (3.57)
  6. [Jim, John snr., Bob, Ron] Warlike Seamen (The Irish Captain) (Roud 690; G/D 1:41; Henry H560) (3.20)
  1. [Bob, John, Jill, Lynne, Jon] Brisk Young Ploughboy (Roud 1205) (2.41)
  2. [Bob, John, Jill, Lynne, Jon] Bold Fisherman (Roud 291; Laws O24; G/D 4:834) (4.38)
  3. [John, Jon] The Battle of Alma (Roud 1221) (2.39)
  4. [Bob, John, Jill, Lynne, Jon] Come Write Me Down (Roud 381; G/D 5:980) (3.42)
  5. [Jill, Jon] Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (Roud 165) (2.41)
  6. [Bob, John, Jill, Lynne, Jon] Sportsmen, Arouse! (The Innocent Hare) (Roud 1216) (3.18)
  7. [Ben, Lucy, Tom, Bob, John, Jill, Lynne, Jon] Thousands or More (Roud 1220) (2.50)

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Coppersongs 2

The Copper Family: Coppersongs 2 (Coppersongs CD2)

Coppersongs 2
The Living Tradition of the Copper Family

Coppersongs CD2 (CD, UK, 1995)

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Recorded in Chalvington Church in May 1995;
Notes by Bob Copper;
Design by Jon Dudley

Musicians

Bob Copper, vocals [1, 3, 5-6, 8, 10-11, 13-16];
Jill Copper, vocals [1, 6, 10, 14, 16];
John Copper, vocals [1-4, 6-7, 10, 12, 14, 16];
Jon Dudley, vocals [1-2, 6-7, 9-10, 12, 14, 16]

Tracks

  1. [Bob, Jill, John, Jon] By the Green Grove (Roud 356) (3.16)
  2. [John, Jon] Old Adam (Roud 728; G/D 7:1269) (2.18)
  3. [Bob, John] Sheepshearing Song (Roud 879) (2.52)
  4. [John] Twanky Dillo (Roud 2409) (3.05)
  5. [Bob] Dogs and Ferrets (Roud 363) (2.06)
  6. [Bob, Jill, John, Jon] Shepherd of the Downs (Roud 1215) (5.29)
  7. [John, Jon] Brisk and Lively Lad (Roud 2930) (4.12)
  8. [Bob] Honest Labourer (Roud 19; G/D 3:437; Henry H622) (3.23)
  9. [Jon] Farmer in Cheshire (Roud 2638; Laws L2) (3.41)
  10. [Bob, Jill, John, Jon] When Spring Comes In (Roud 439) (2.37)
  11. [Bob] Irish Girl (Roud 308; G/D 5:946; Henry H711) (3.35)
  12. [John, Jon] Christmas Song (Roud 1170) (2.42)
  13. [Bob] Charming Molly (Roud 1213) (1.35)
  14. [Bob, Jill, John, Jon] Brisk and Bonny Lad (Roud 606) (1.43)
  15. [Bob] Banks of the Sweet Primroses (Roud 586; G/D 8:1841) (3.12)
  16. [Bob, Jill, John, Jon] Gentlemen of High Renown (Roud 190) (3.00)

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> Folk Music > Records > The Copper Family: Coppersongs 3

Coppersongs 3

The Copper Family: Coppersongs 3 (Coppersongs CD3)

Coppersongs 3
The Legacy Continues
The Copper Family

Coppersongs CD3 (CD, UK, October 1998, reissued June 2004)

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Recorded by Piers Bishop in Chalvington Church and Curls Farmhouse, Ripe, East Sussex;
Notes by Bob Copper;
Design by Jon Dudley;
Photograps by Adrian Turner

Musicians

Bob Copper, vocals [2, 5-6, 10, 12-13, 17];
Jill Copper, vocals [2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 17];
John Copper, vocals [2-3, 6-8, 10-12, 14, 17];
Jon Dudley, vocals [2, 6-7, 11-12, 14, 16-17];
Ben Copper, vocals [1, 3, 9, 15];
Lucy Copper, vocals [1, 4];
Tom Copper, vocals [1, 15];
Andy, Mark and Sean Barratt, vocals [1, 9, 15]

Tracks

  1. [Ben, Andy, Lucy, Mark, Tom, Sean] Claudy Banks (Roud 266; Laws N40; G/D 5:1036; Henry H5, H693) (3.51)
  2. [Bob, Jill, John, Jon] Spencer the Rover (Roud 1115) (3.53)
  3. [Ben, John] Warlike Seamen (The Irish Captain) (Roud 690; G/D 1:41; Henry H560) (3.02)
  4. [Jill, Lucy] Sweet Lemeney (Roud 193) (2.15)
  5. [Bob] Hard Times of Old England (Roud 1206) (3.27)
  6. [Bob, Jill, John, Jon] Echoing Horn (Roud 878) (4.52)
  7. [John, Jon] Wind Across the Moor (Roud 155; Laws P21; G/D 6:1175) (2.29)
  8. [John, Jill] The Month of May (Roud 153; Henry H697) (2.23)
  9. [Ben, Andy, Mark, Sean] Bold Fisherman (Roud 291; Laws O24; G/D 4:834) (3.52)
  10. [Bob, John] Dame Durdan (Roud 1209) (1.38)
  11. [John, Jon] The Bold Dragoon (Roud 321; Laws M27) (2.41)
  12. [Bob, Jill, John, Jon] Babes in the Wood (Roud 288; Laws Q34) (2.40)
  13. [Bob] Seamen Bold (Ship in Distress) (Roud 807) (3.38)
  14. [John, Jon] Come All Bold Britons (Roud 1214) (3.21)
  15. [Ben, Andy, Tom, Mark, Sean] Two Young Brethren (Roud 202) (2.26)
  16. [Jon] Admiral Benbow (Roud 227) (2.24)
  17. [Bob, Jill, John, Jon] Shepherds Arise (Roud 1207) (3.59)

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> Folk Music > Records > The Copper Family: Come Write Me Down

Come Write Me Down

The Copper Family: Come Write Me Down (Topic TSCD534)

Come Write Me Down
Early Recordings of the Copper Family of Rottingdean

Topic Records TSCD534 (CD, UK, 2001)

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The Copper Family of Rottingdean, Sussex, have roots in traditional song at least two hundred years old. Their rare Southern English style of harmony singing is presented at its most outstanding in these classic performances. The CD is a compilation of the EFDSS LP of 1963, Traditional Songs from Rottingdean, and BBC recordings from the 1950s.

A Coppersong production, executive production by Tony Engle and Reg Hall;
Notes by Vic Gammon, Reg Hall and Steve Roud;
78rpm disc transfers by Charle Crump;
Audio restoration and mastering by Don Walker at Editpoint Mastering Service;
Design and photo tinting by John Haxby

Musical Traditions CD review by Rod Stradling

Musicians

Bob Copper, vocals [1-2, 4-9, 11-16, 18-24, 26, 28];
Ron Copper, vocals [1-2, 5, 7, 9-11, 13-20, 22-23, 28];
Jim Copper, vocals [3, 5-6, 8, 12, 19, 21, 24-28];
John Copper snr., vocals [5, 19, 28]

Tracks

  1. [Bob, Ron] Spencer the Rover (Roud 1115) (3.21)
  2. [Bob, Ron] Good Ale (Roud 203; G/D 3:590) (2.40)
  3. [Jim] Thousands or More (Roud 1220) (2.36)
  4. [Bob, Ron] Babes in the Wood (Roud 288; Laws Q34) (2.01)
  5. [all] The Banks of the Sweet Primroses (Roud 586; G/D 8:1841) (2.04)
  6. [Bob, Jim] Sweep Chimney Sweep (Roud 1217) (2.48)
  7. [Bob, Ron] Two Young Brethren (Roud 202) (2.29)
  8. [Bob, Jim] Brisk and Bonny Lad (Roud 606) (1.32)
  9. [Bob, Ron] The Month of May (Roud 153; Henry H697) (2.00)
  10. [Ron] Honest Labourer (Roud 19; G/D 3:437; Henry H622) (3.08)
  11. [Bob, Ron] The Birds in the Spring (Roud 356) (1.43)
  12. [Bob, Jim] My Father Had an Acre of Land (Roud 21093) (1.42)
  13. [Bob, Ron] Shepherd of the Downs (Shepherd in Love) (Roud 1215) (4.40)
  14. [Bob, Ron] The Threshing Song (Roud 874) (1.34)
  15. [Bob, Ron] The Ploughshare (The Seasons Round) (Roud 169) (3.49)
  16. [Bob, Ron] Sportsmen, Arouse! (The Innocent Hare) (Roud 1216) (2.55)
  17. [Ron] Hard Times of Old England (Roud 1206) (2.55)
  18. [Bob, Ron] The Lark in the Morning (Roud 151) (2.02)
  19. [all] Warlike Seamen (The Irish Captain) (Roud 690; G/D 1:41; Henry H560) (3.19)
  20. [Bob, Ron] When Spring Comes In (Spring Glee) (Roud 439) (2.35)
  21. [Bob, Jim] Brisk Young Ploughboy (Roud 1205) (2.56)
  22. [Bob, Ron] Cupid's Garden (Roud 297; G/D 5:970) (2.34)
  23. [Bob, Ron] Dame Durdan (Roud 1209) (1.42)
  24. [Bob, Jim] The Claudy Banks (Roud 266; Laws N40; G/D 5:1036; Henry H5, H693) (3.09)
  25. [Jim] General Wolfe (Roud 624; Laws A1) (1.46)
  26. [Bob, Jim] Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (Roud 165) (2.44)
  27. [Jim] Talking (0.31)
  28. [all] Come Write Me Down (Roud 381; G/D 5:980) (2.51)

Tracks 1-2, 9, 15-17 recorded by Peter Kennedy, (poss. March 9) 1955, Traditional Songs from Rottingdean, EFDSS LP1002, 1963;
Tracks 4, 7, 10-11, 13-14, 18, 20, 22-23 recorded by Peter Kennedy, 1963, Traditional Songs from Rottingdean, EFDSS LP1002, 1963;
Tracks 24, 26 recorded by Brian George, March 1, 1951, BBC 16060;
Tracks 6, 8 recorded by Brian George, March 1, 1951, BBC 16062;
Tracks 21 recorded by Brian George, March 1, 1951, BBC 16063;
Tracks 19, 28 recorded by Seamus Ennis, April 3, 1952, BBC 17986;
Tracks 5, 25 recorded by Seamus Ennis, April 3, 1952, BBC 17987;
Tracks 3, 12 recorded by Seamus Ennis, April 24, 1952, BBC 17989;
Track 27 extract from The Life of James Copper, broadcast September 11, 1951

> Folk Music > Records > The Copper Family: Coppers at Christmas

Coppers at Christmas

The Copper Family: Coppers at Christmas (Coppersongs)

Coppers at Christmas
The Carol Collection of the Copper Family of Rottingdean Sussex
The Copper Family

Coppersongs, no record number (CD, UK, 2007)

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Recorded by Piers Bishop;
Notes by Vic Gammon

Musicians

John and Jill Copper, Jon Dudley;
The Young Coppers: Mark, Andy and Sean Barratt and Ben, Lucy and Tom Copper;
Bob and Ron Copper [10]

Tracks

  1. Extract from The Life of James Copper, 1951 broadcast (1.04)
    Jim talking about Christmas fare when he was young
  2. Christians Awake, Arise Rejoice and Sing (3.01)
  3. Christmas Song (The Trees Are All Bare) (Roud 1170) (2.47)
  4. Ring Out O Bells (3.33)
  5. Rolling Downwards (The Angel's Song) (2.29)
  6. Softly the Night (Roud 1222) (2.46)
  7. The Angels Sang (2.29)
  8. Wake the Sweet Anthem (2.20)
  9. While Shepherds Watched (Roud 936) (5.19)
  10. Christmas Presents (The Twelve Days of Christmas) (Roud 68; G/D 3:637) (2.25)
    recorded by Bob and Ron in the 1950s
  11. Shepherds Arise (Roud 1207) (4.04)

> Folk Music > Records > Young Coppers: Passing Out

Young Coppers: Passing Out

Young Coppers: Passing Out (Coppersongs CD4)

Passing Out
Young Coppers

Coppersongs CD4 (CD, UK, February 2008)

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Recorded by Jake Rousham at Metway Studios, Brighton, 2007;
Photograps by Adrian Turner;
Front cover: Bob Copper's passing out parade, Maidstone 1936

Musicians

Ben Copper, vocals [2, 4, 7-10, 12];
Lucy Copper, vocals [2, 4-5, 7-9, 12];
Tom Copper, vocals [1-2, 4, 7-9, 11-12];
Andy Barratt, vocals [2-4, 6-7, 9, 12];
Mark Barratt, vocals [2, 4, 6-7, 9, 11-12];
Sean Barratt, vocals [2, 4, 6-7, 9-10, 12];

Tracks

  1. [Tom] Hard Times of Old England (Roud 1206) (2.39)
  2. [all] Dame Durdan (Roud 1209) (1.45)
  3. [Andy] The Irish Girl (As I Walked Out) (Roud 308; G/D 5:946; Henry H711) (3.03)
  4. [all] Come Write Me Down (Roud 381; G/D 5:980) (3.54)
  5. [Lucy] Charming Molly (Roud 1213) (1.46)
  6. [Mark, Andy, Sean] Brisk and Lively Lad (Roud 2930) (3.57)
  7. [all] Rose of Allendale (Roud 1218) (4.29)
  8. [Ben, Lucy, Tom] Pleasant Month of May (Roud 153; Henry H697) (2.20)
  9. [all] Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy (Roud 165) (3.14)
  10. [Sean, Ben] Come All You Bold Britons (Roud 1214) (3.02)
  11. [Mark, Tom] Cupid's Garden (Roud 297; G/D 5:970) (3.06)
  12. [all] Banks of the Sweet Primroses (Roud 586; G/D 8:1841) (3.11)

> Folk Music > Records > Bob Copper: Prostrate with Dismal

Bob Copper: Prostrate with Dismal

Bob Copper: Prostrate with Dismal (Ghosts from the Basement GFTB 7048)

Prostrate with Dismal
Bob Copper

Ghosts from the Basement GFTB 7048 (EP, UK, May 27, 2014)

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[1-2, 4] recorded 2001 at Church Walk Studio, London, by Rob Keyloch, produced by Ben Mandelson and Rob Keyloch;
[3, 5] privately recorded and produced 1998 and 1996 by Coppersongs for fRoots magazine;
Mastered 2014 by Peter Philipson;
Front photograph by Ian Anderson;
Package design by Jali Roll Martian.

Musicians

Bob Copper, vocals [1-5], concertina [3, 5];
Ian Anderson, guitar [1-2, 4];
Ben Mandelson, mandolin [1-2, 4];
John Copper, Jill Copper, Jon Dudley, vocals [4]

Tracks

  1. Diving Duck (3.25)
  2. Brownsville No. 2 (3.19)
  3. Rags and Old Iron (3.36)
  4. Soul of a Man (4.10)
  5. Going Down to Brownsville (2.43)

> Folk Music > Records > The Copper Family

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Various Artists, Folk Song Today, LP, HMV DLP 1143, 1955

Various Artists, The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music - Volume III: England, LP, Columbia SL-206, 1955

Various Artists, A Jug of Punch: Broadside Ballads Old and New, LP, HMV CLP 1327, 1960

Various Artists, A Pinch of Salt: British Sea Songs Old and New, LP, HMV CLP 1362, 1960

Various Artists, Songs of Courtship (The Folk Songs of Britain Vol. 1), LP, Caedmon TC1142, 1961; Topic 12T157, 1968

Various Artists, Jack of All Trades (The Folk Songs of Britain Vol. 3), LP, Caedmon TC1144, 1961; Topic 12T159, 1968

Various Artists, The Child Ballads 1 (The Folk Songs of Britain Vol. 4), LP, Caedmon TC1145, 1961; Topic 12T160, 1968; CD, Rounder 1775, 2000

Various Artists, Sailormen and Servingmaids (The Folk Songs of Britain Vol. 6), LP, Caedmon TC1162, 1961; Topic 12T194, 1970

Various Artists, Songs of Ceremony (The Folk Songs of Britain Vol. 9), LP, Caedmon TC1224, 1961; Topic 12T197, 1970

Various Artists, Folksound of Britain, LP, HMV CLP 1910, 1965

Various Artists, The Brave Ploughboy, LP, Transatlantic XTRS 1150, 1975

Various Artists, The Electric Muse: The Story of Folk into Rock, 4 LP, Island/Transatlantic Folk 1001, 1975

The Holme Valley Tradition, Will's Barn, cassette, EFDSS VWML 002, 1987

Various Artists, Square Roots: An Unlikely Selection from the Pages of Folk Roots Magazine, LP, FolkRoots FROOT 001, 1987

Various Artists, Sea Songs and Shanties, CD, Saydisc CD-SDL-405, 1994

Bob and John Copper, Louie Fuller, Gordon Hall, Bob Lewis, Ron Spicer, When the May Is All in Bloom: Traditional Singing from the South East of England, CD, Veteran VT131CD, 1995

Various Artists, Hidden English: A Celebration of English Traditional Music, CD, Topic TSCD600, 1996

Various Artists, New Electric Muse: The Story of Folk into Rock, 3 CD, Castle ESB CD 416, 1996

Various Artists, A Century of Song, CD, EFDSS CD02, 1998

Various Artists, World Library of Folk and Primitive Music - Volume 1: England, CD, Rounder CD 1741, 1998

Various Artists, BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2001, CD, Topic TSCD850, 2001

Various Artists, Unruly, CD, Weekend Beatnik WEBE 9040, 2002

Various Artists, Dark Was the Night: A Tribute to the Music of Blind Willie Johnson, CD, Deep Sea SeaD 8002, 2003

Various Artists, Song Links: A Celebration of English Traditional Songs and Their Australian Variants, 2 CD, Fellside FECD176D, 2003

Various Artists, Song Links 2: A Celebration of English Traditional Songs and Their American Variants, 2 CD, Fellside FECD190D, 2005

Various Artists, Anthems in Eden: An Anthology of British & Irish Folk 1955-1978, 4 CD, Castle Music CMXBX1030, 2006

Various Artists, Midwinter, 4 CD, Free Reed FRQCD 30, 2006

Various Artists, The Imagined Village, CD, Real World CDRW 147, 2007

Peter Bellamy, The Ballads of Peter Bellamy, CD, Free Reed FRRR 16, 2008

Various Artists, Three Score and Ten: 70 Years of Topic Records, 7 CD, Topic TOPIC70, 2009

Various Artists, The Rough Guide to English Folk, 2 CD, World Music RGNET 1261 CD, 2011

Various Artists, You Never Heard So Sweet (The Voice of the People Vol. 21), CD, Topic TSCD671, 2012

Various Artists, Good People, Take Warning (The Voice of the People Vol. 23), 3 CD, Topic TSCD673T, 2012