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Phoebe Smith: Once I Had a True Love

Once I Had a True Love (Topic 12T193)

Once I Had a True Love
Phoebe Smith (1913-2001)

Topic Records 12T193 (LP, UK, 1970)
Topic Records TSDL193 (digital download, UK, November 2009)

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Recorded by Paul Carter and Frank Purslow in the singer's home in Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1969;
Notes by Frank Purslow;
Cover photograph by Brian Shuel

Musicians

Pboebe Smith, vocals

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Once I Had a True Love (Roud 170) (5.00)
  2. A Blacksmith Courted Me (Roud 816) (7.54)
  3. Young Ellender (Roud 1417) (4.48)
  4. Higher Germany (Roud 904; G/D 1:96) (3.18)
  1. Molly Vaughan (Roud 166; Laws O36; Henry H114) (4.21)
  2. The Tanyard Side (Roud 1021; Laws M28; Henry H52b) (2.19)
  3. The Yellow Handkerchief (Roud 954) (3.51)
  4. The Wexport Girl (Roud 263; Laws P35; G/D 2:200) (6.19)
  5. The Dear Little Maiden (Roud 1751) (3.26)

All tracks trad.

> Folk Music > Records > Various Artists: Songs of the Open Road

Songs of the Open Road

Songs of the Open Road (Topic 12T253)

Songs of the Open Road
Gypsies, Travellers & Country Singers
Various Artists

Topic Records 12T253 (LP, UK, 1975)
Topic Records TSDL253 (digital download, UK, November 2009)

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Recorded by Mike Yates in Kent, Surrey and Sussex 1972-1975

Musicians

Bill Ellson, vocals, mouth organ [15];
Mary Ann Haynes, vocals [2, 4-6, 17];
Joe Jones, vocals [9-10];
Jasper Smith, vocals [1, 3, 8, 16, 19];
Levi Smith, vocals [11-13, 18];
Pboebe Smith, vocals [14];
Wiggy Smith, vocals [7, 20]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [JS] You Subjects of England (Roud 851) (1.22)
  2. [MAH] Little Dun Dee (Roud 176) (1.59)
  3. [JS] Hartlake Bridge (Roud 1729) (1.34)
  4. [MAH] The Young Officer (Roud 21; Child 4; G/D 2:225; Henry H163) (3.41)
  5. [MAH] All Through Mi Rakli (Roud 852) (1.01)
  6. [MAH] At The Atchin Tan (Roud 1732) (1.15)
  7. [WS] The Oakham Poachers (Roud 1686) (1.47)
  8. [JS] Thornymoor Park (Roud 222) (1.16)
  9. [JJ] The Farmer of Chester (Roud 2638; Laws L2) (1.44)
  10. [JJ] The King and the Keeper (Roud 853) (2.35)
  11. [LS] Georgie (Roud 90; Child 209; G/D 2:249) (1.25)
  12. [LS] The Haymakers (Roud 153; Henry H697) (1.04)
  13. [LS] The Broomdasher (Roud 1733) (1.04)
  1. [PS] Barbara Allen (Roud 54; Child 84; G/D 6:1193; Henry H236) (11.06)
  2. [BE] Will You Buy My Sweet Blooming Lavender? (Roud 854) / Love Is Pleasing waltz (2.25)
  3. [JS] The Squire and the Gypsy (Roud 229; Laws O4) (0.55)
  4. [MAH] Erin's Lovely Home (Roud 1427; Laws M6; G/D 6:1098; Henry H46) (2.42)
  5. [LS] The Game of Cards (Roud 232) (1.16)
  6. [JS] While the Yogger Mush Lays Sleeping (Roud 363) (1.39)
  7. [WS] The Deserter (Roud 493) (2.52)

All tracks trad.

> Folk Music > Records > The Travelling Songster

The Travelling Songster

The Travelling Songster (Topic 12TS304)

The Travelling Songster
An Anthology from Gypsy Singers
Jasper, Levi, Minty & Phoebe Smith

Topic Records 12TS304 (LP, UK, 1977)

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Recorded by Mike Yates 1975-76;
Produced by Mike Yates and Tony Engle;
Sleeve notes by Cecily Taylor;
Booklet notes and photographs by Mike Yates;
Front sleeve photograph by Fred Shaw, hand-coloured by Julia Bennett Studios, London

Musicians

Jasper Smith, vocals [1, 8, 11, 14], mouth organ [5, 9, 17], tuning [5, 17];
Levi Smith, vocals [3, 15], drum [17];
Minty Smith, vocals [4, 10-11], tuning [9];
Pboebe Smith, vocals [2, 6-7, 12-13, 16]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Small Bird’s Whistle (Roud 199; Child 106; G/D 1:163) (1.58)
  2. The Sheepfold (Roud 559; Laws O10) (5.43)
  3. One Penny (Roud 393) (0.50)
  4. The Basket of Eggs (Roud 377; G/D 2:307) (2.14)
  5. The Pony March / Whistling Rufus (2.06)
  6. Green Bushes (Roud 1040; Laws P2; Henry H143) (4.52)
  7. Raking the Hay (Roud 855) (4.58)
  8. The Moon Shines Bright (Roud 702) (1.11)
  1. Father Had a Knife (Roud 850) (1.13)
  2. The Jew’s Garden (Roud 73; Child 155) (1.03)
  3. Step Dance Tunes (1.00)
  4. Sweet William (Roud 273; Laws K12; G/D 6:1245) (6.10)
  5. Johnny Abourne (Roud 600; G/D 8:1535; Henry H151) (5.05)
  6. Died for Love (Roud 18828) (1.51)
  7. The Irish Girl (Roud 308; G/D 5:946; Henry H711) (1.10)
  8. Captain Thunderbold (Roud 1453) (2.38)
  9. Jigs and Polkas incl: Cock of the North; Flowers of Edinburgh; The Girl I Left Behind Me (2.42)

All tracks trad. except
Track 5b Mills / Kennedy

> Folk Music > Records > Phoebe Smith: The Yellow Handkerchief

Phoebe Smith: The Yellow Handkerchief

The Yellow Handkerchief (Veteran VT136CD)

The Yellow Handkerchief
Phoebe Smith (1913-2001)

Veteran VT136CD (CD, UK, 2001)

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Recorded in Suffolk by Mike Yates in 1975/6 [1-10] and by Paul Carter and Frank Purslow in 1969 [11];
and at the King's Head in Islington, London, by Rod Stradling in 1969 [13] and by Peta Webb in 1970 [12, 14];
Design by John Howson and Ken Lees;
Notes by John Howson, Mike Yates, Danny Stradling and Peta Webb;
Notes and lyrics transcription on the Veteran website

Musical Traditions review by Danny Stradling

Musicians

Pboebe Smith, vocals [1-8, 10-11, 13-14], step dancing [12];
Joe Smith (Phoebe's husband), vocals [8-9];
Martin Byrnes, fiddle [12]

Tracks

  1. Raking the Hay (Roud 855) (4.59)
  2. Old Gypsy’s Waggon (Romany Rye) (Roud 13213) (2.08)
  3. Barbara Allen (Roud 54; Child 84; G/D 6:1193; Henry H236) (11.03)
  4. Jolly Herring (Roud 128) (3.06)
  5. Johnny Abourne (Roud 600; G/D 8:1535; Henry H151) (5.08)
  6. Wings of a Swallow (Old Rocky Road) (Roud 13214) (2.06)
  7. Green Bushes (Roud 1040; Laws P2; Henry H143) (4.59)
  8. Young Morgan (Roud 5369; G/D 4:896) (1.24)
  9. Lavender (Roud 854) (0.42)
  10. The Sheepfold (Roud 559; Laws O10) (7.37)
  11. A Blacksmith Courted Me (Roud 816) (7.50)
  12. Stepdance (1.05)
  13. Game of All Fours (Roud 232) (3.00)
  14. The Yellow Handkerchief (Roud 954) (4.16)

All tracks trad.

Track 11 is from Once I Had a True Love (Topic 12TS193, 1970);
Track 3 is from Songs of the Open Road (Topic 12TS253, 1975);
Tracks 1, 5, 7, 10 are from The Travelling Songster (Topic 12TS304, 1977)

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Other records with Phoebe Smith

Various Artists, Songs of Animals and Other Marvels (The Folk Songs of Britain Vol. 10), LP, Caedmon TC1225, 1961; Topic 12T198, 1970

Various Artists, Songs of the Travelling People: Music of the Tinkers, Gipsies and Other Travelling People of England, Scotland and Ireland, CD, Saydisc CD-SDL 407, 1994

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

Various Artists, O'er His Grave the Grass Grew Green (The Voice of the People Vol. 3), CD, Topic TSCD653, 1998

Various Artists, Tonight I'll Make You My Bride (The Voice of the People Vol. 6), CD, Topic TSCD656, 1998

Various Artists, Who's That at My Bed Window? (The Voice of the People Vol. 10), CD, Topic TSCD660, 1998

Various Artists, My Father's the King of the Gypsies (The Voice of the People Vol. 11), CD, Topic TSCD661, 1998

Various Artists, Traveller's Joy: Songs of English and Scottish Travellers and Gypsies 1965-2005, book w/ CD, EFDSS, 2006

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

Various Artists, I'm a Romany Rai (The Voice of the People Vol. 22), 2 CD, Topic TSCD672D, 2012

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