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Scan Tester: I Never Played to Many Posh Dances

Scan Tester: I Never Played to Many Posh Dances (Topic 2-12TS455/6)

I Never Played to Many Posh Dances
Scan Tester (1887-1972)

Topic Records 2-12TS455/6 (2 LP, UK, 1990)
Topic Records TSCD581D (2 CD, UK, October 26, 2009)

Scan Tester: I Never Played to Many Posh Dances (Topic TSCD581D)

Traditional dance music from Sussex performed by Scan Tester on the concertina and tambourine, with a few songs thrown in, aided by bis brother Will and his daughter Daisy, and friends on the fiddle, melodeon, mouth-organ and piano. The CD reissue contains all the field and home recordings from the first edition (1990) together with additional material.

Produced by Tony Engle and Reg Hall;
Booklet notes by Reg Hall;
Remastering by Don Walker at Edit Point Mastering;
Cover photograph by Brian Shuel, 1965;
CD design by David Suff

Musicians

Scan Tester, concertina [CD 1: 1-10, 12-16, 18-19, 25-27; CD 2: 1-5, 7, 9-12, 15-18, 20-26], tambourine [CD 2: 19], voice [CD 1: 17, 28; CD 2: 6, 13-14, 27];
Reg Hall, melodeon [CD 1: 3, 15-16; CD 2: 1-2, 10, 15-17, 19, 24-26], fiddle [CD 1: 8];
Daisy Sherlock, piano [CD 1: 3, 15-16; CD 2: 1-2, 15];
Will Tester, concertina [CD 1: 6-7], tambourine [CD 1: 11; CD 2: 3-4];
Bob Keightley, fiddle [CD 1: 8; CD 2: 15];
Steve Pennells, fiddle [CD 1: 8];
Art Winter, melodeon [CD 1: 11];
Hilary Burgess, fiddle [CD 1: 11];
Bill Gorringe, fiddle [CD 1: 20-24];
Bill Agate, tambourine [CD 2: 3-4, 26], mouth organ [CD 2: 26];
Jack Norris, melodeon [CD 2: 8, 15], mouth organ [CD 2: 26];
Bill McMahon, spoons, effects [CD 2: 12, 15, 26];
Mervyn Plunkett, percussion [CD 2: 12, 15, 26];
Walter Bulwer, fiddle [CD 2: 16, 24], mandolin-banjo [CD 2: 25];
Daisy Bulwer, piano [CD 2: 16, 24];
Paul Gross, fiddle [CD 2: 26];
Michael Plunkett, recorder [CD 2: 26];
Snowy Howick, mouth organ [CD 2: 26]

Tracks

CD 1CD 2
  1. Schottische (2.09)
  2. Polka (2.04)
  3. The Broom Dance (The Oyster Girl) (1.36)
  4. The Reel (1.57)
  5. Waltz: The Man in the Moon (1.52)
  6. No.2 Step-Dance (1.19)
  7. Schottische (2.06)
  8. Polka: The Girl I Left Behind Me (Brighton Camp) (1.20)
  9. Pretty Little Dear (1.25)
  10. Jig: The Seventeenth of March (St. Patrick's Day) (0.48)
  11. Wearing of the Green (1.57)
  12. Waltz (2.34)
  13. Polka (2.15)
  14. Schottische (1.39)
  15. Polka: Jenny Lind (1.49)
  16. The Indian Polka (1.19)
  17. Song: The Lakes of Coalflin (Roud 189; Laws Q33; G/D 2:228; Henry H176) (3.52)
  18. Polka (1.25)
  19. Polka: Not for Joe (1.07)
  20. See Me Dance the Polka (2.11)
  21. The Heel and Toe Polka (1.22)
  22. Step-Dance (0.30)
  23. Schottische (1.44)
  24. Polka (1.34)
  25. Nutley Waltz (2.15)
  26. Schottische (2.05)
  27. No. 1 Step-Dance (1.15)
  28. Learning the Concertina (0.35)
  1. Polka (1.53)
  2. One-Step: Down on the Farm (2.12)
  3. Step-Dance (1.38)
  4. Step-Dance (1.08)
  5. While Shepherds Watch Their Flocks By Night (Roud 936) (2.04)
  6. Barbara Allen (Roud 54; Child 84; G/D 6:1193; Henry H236) (2.02)
  7. The Last Figure of the Lancers (1.36)
  8. The Brook Street Schottische (1.52)
  9. Schottische (1.56)
  10. Waltz: Sweet Smiling Faces (2.12)
  11. Jig: The Irish Washerwoman (1.22)
  12. Step-Dance: The Monkey Hornpipe (2.40)
  13. Two verses of Oxford City (0.51)
  14. Two verses of A Week Before Easter (1.00)
  15. Marches: Scotland the Brave / The Happy Wanderer (3.07)
  16. The Heel and Toe Polka (2.47)
  17. Polka (1.38)
  18. Waltz (1.58)
  19. Polkas: La Russe / McCusker's / Jenny Lind / Goodnight, Ladies (3.21)
  20. The Waltz Vienna (Varsoviana) (2.16)
  21. Schottische (2.11)
  22. Step-Dance (1.13)
  23. No. 1 Step-Dance (0.58)
  24. Soldier's Joy (2.21)
  25. The Carnival Is Over (1.47)
  26. I Wish They'd Do It Now (2.07)
  27. Busking on Brighton Beach (1.30)

CD 1 tracks 1-2, 4, 13-14, 18-19, 25, CD 2 tracks 5, 9, 11, 18, 20-22: Scan Tester, concertina; Croydon, August 19, 1964; recorded by Reg Hall;
CD 1 tracks 3, 15-16: Scan Tester, concertina; Reg Hall, melodeon; Daisy Sherlock, piano; Horsted Keynes, Sussex, October 10, 1960; recorded by Reg Hall and Peter Grant;
CD 1 track 5: Scan Tester, concertina; Cinder Hill, Sussex, August 1957; recorded by Mervyn Plunkett;
CD 1 tracks 6-7: Scan and Will Tester, concertinas; Trevor Arms, Glynde, Sussex, March 1958; recorded by Mervyn Plunkett;
CD 1 track 8: Bob Keightley, Steve Pennells, Reg Hall, fiddles; Scan Tester, concertina; Paul Gross, piano; Bob Davenport, triangle; The Fox, Islington, London, January 21, 1965; recorded by Reg Hall;
CD 1 track 9: Scan Tester, concertina; Horsted Keynes, Sussex, July 21, 1965; recorded by Reg Hall;
CD 1 track 10, CD 2, tracks 7, 27: Scan Tester, concertina; Horsted Keynes, Sussex, 1963; recorded by Peter Kennedy and Ken Stubbs;
CD 1 track 11: Art Winter, melodeon; Hilary Burgess, fiddle; Will Tester, tambourine; Trevor Arms, Glynde, Sussex, March 1958; recorded by Mervyn Plunkett;
CD 1 tracks 12, 26: Scan Tester, concertina; Hillingdon, Middlesex, October 1966; recorded by Alan Waller;
CD 1 track 17, CD 2, track 6: Scan Tester, voice; The Fox, Islington, London, January 21, 1965; recorded by Reg Hall;
CD 1 tracks 20-24: Bill Gorringe, fiddle; Cuckfield, Sussex, February 19858; recorded by Mervyn Plnkett;
CD 1 track 27: Scan Tester, concertina; The Fox, Islington, London, January 21, 1965; recorded by Reg Hall;
CD 1 track 28, CD 2, tracks 13-14: Scan Tester, voice; Horsted Keynes, Sussex, 1963; recorded by Peter Kennedy and Ken Stubbs;
CD 2 tracks 1-2, 10: Scan Tester, concertina; Reg Hall, melodeon; Daisy Sherlock, piano; Horsted Keynes, Sussex, July 21, 1965; recorded by Reg Hall;
CD 2 tracks 3-4: Scan Tester, concertina; Will Tester, Bill Agate, tambourines; The Crown, Horsted Keynes, Sussex, February 22, 1958; recorded by Mervyn Plunkett;
CD 2 track 8: Jack Norris, melodeon; West Hoathly, Sussex, May 11, 1960; recorded by Mervyn Plunkett and Peter Grant;
CD 2 track 12: Scan Tester, concertina; Bill McMahon, spoons/effects; Mervyn Plunkett, percussion; West Hoathly, Sussex, August 24, 1957; recorded by Mervyn Plunkett;
CD 2 track 15: Bob Keigthley, fiddle; Scan Tester, concertina; Jack Norris, Reg Hall, melodeons; Bill McMahon, spoons/effects; Mervyn Plunkett, percussion; West Hoathly, Sussex, May 11, 1960; recorded by Mervyn Plunkett;
CD 2 tracks 16, 24: Walter Bulwer, fiddle; Scan Tester, concertina; Reg Hall, melodeon; Daisy Bulwer, piano; Shipdham, Norfolk, July 22,1966; recorded by Bill Leader and Reg Hall;
CD 2 track 17: Scan Tester, concertina; Reg Hall, melodeon; The Crown, Horsted Keynes, Sussex, February 22, 1958; recorded by Mervyn Plunkett;
CD 2 track 19: Reg Hall, melodeon; Scan Tester, tambourine; Cinder Hill, Sussex, August 1957; recorded by Mervyn Plunkett;
CD 2 track 23: Scan Tester, concertina; Central Club, Peacehaven, Sussex, May 16, 1968; recorded by Tony Engle;
CD 2 track 25: Scan Tester, concertina; Reg Hall, melodeon; Walter Bulwer, mandolin-banjo; Shipdham, Norfolk, July 22,1966; recorded by Bill Leader and Reg Hall;
CD 2 track 26: Paul Gross, fiddle; Michael Plunkett, recorder; Bill Agate, mouth organ, tambourine; Jack Norris, Snowy Howick, mouth organs; Scan Tester, concertina; Reg Hall, melodeon; Bill McMahon, spoons, effects; Mervyn Plunkett, percussion; The Cat, West Hoathly, Sussex, October 5, 1957; recorded by Mervyn Plunkett

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