Son of Morris On
Son of Morris On
Harvest SHSM 2012 (LP, UK, 3 December 1976)
Produced by Ashley Hutchings
Tracks 1-18 engineered by Vic Gamm at Sound Techniques & Olympic No 1 Studios, London
Track 20 recorded at Chipping Norton Studio, Oxfordshire
Front photo by Peter Vernon
Albion Morris Men [1-2, 11, 15];
Adderburry Village Morris Men with James Pester, fiddle ;
David Armitage (dancer from the Hammersmith Morris Men) ;
Eddie Upton (dancer from Chanctonbury Ring Morris Men) ;
John Tams, vocals [4, 12, 19], spoken vocals , dialogue , concertina [4, 16], melodeon [5, 16, 19];
Shirley Collins, vocals [12, 16], dialogue ;
Martin Carthy, vocals , guitar [3, 8, 14, 18];
John Watcham, concertina [1-2, 6, 11-12];
John Rodd, concertina [8, 14, 16-17, 19];
Philip Pickett, bagpipes , curtal [4-6, 13, 16, 19-20], recorders , shawm ;
Ian Cutler, fiddle ;
Ric Sanders, fiddle ;
Simon Nicol, guitar [1-2, 4, 6, 10-12, 15-17, 19];
Graeme Taylor, guitar ;
Pete Bullock, keyboards ;
Ashley Hutchings, bass [1-2, 4, 6, 8, 10-12, 14-17, 19-20];
Michael Gregory, drums [1-2, 6, 10-12, 15-17, 19-20], percussion , tabor [5, 13], tambourine ;
Dave Mattacks, drums [8, 14, 17]
|Side 1||Side 2|
|CD bonus tracks|
Tracks 1-2, 11 trad. arr. Ashley Hutchings, John Watcham, Albion Morris;
Tracks 3, 8, 14, 18 trad. arr. Martin Carthy, Ashley Hutchings;
Tracks 4, 19 trad. arr. John Tams;
Tracks 5, 10, 16-17 trad. arr. Ashley Hutchings;
Track 6 trad. arr. Ashley Hutchings, John Watcham;
Track 7 trad. arr. Ashley Hutchings, John Tams;
Track 9 trad. arr. Ashley Hutchings, John Tams, Shirley Collins;
Track 12 trad. arr. Ashley Hutchings, John Tams, John Watcham;
Track 13 trad. arr. Philip Pickett;
Track 15 trad. arr. Ashley Hutchings, Albion Morris;
Track 20 Ric Sanders
From Winster, Derbyshire.
From Sherborne, Gloucestershire. A toe-heel-toe step dance which is said to be a satire on Colonel / General Monck, who, sympathised with the Royalists but fought on the side of the Roundheads. His solution to the dilemma was to march to battle so slowly that by the time he arrived it was all over. (Well, at least it makes a pretty story.)
Old Hog or None
Martin Carthy's interpretation of a “Morris Air” taken down by Cecil Sharp from Charles Bunyan of Oxford. Although the tune was not ascribed to a particular dance tradition, it may have been played for dancers at Brill, Buckinghamshire.
As I Was Going to Banbury
A “nonsense” song which uses a similar bar structure to the Black Joke family of Morris tunes.
The Happy Man
One of the song-dances from the Adderbury, North Oxfordshire, tradition. Noted by Janet Blunt from William Walton, the last of the old dancers, in 1917. Miss Blunt says it was “especially sung by old Solomon Lines… he was a noted singer and his neighbours called him ‘The Happy Man’ because of this song.”
Fieldtown Processional / Glorishears
Two tunes from Fieldtown (now Leafield), Oxfordshire. The second tune is sometimes called Leapfrog, that being the main feature of the dance.
Bob and Joan
A piece of doggerel from Charles Tanner, one-time Bampton, Oxfordshire, dancer
Ladies of Pleasure
A solo jig from Bledington, on the Oxfordshire-Gloucestershire border. Also often called Ladies Pleasure.
Bring Your Fiddle
A pastoral dialogue taken from a printed broadsheet.
Jockey to the Fair / Room for the Cuckolds
The first is a wide-spread Morris tune, found in many versions. The second comes from Bucknell, Oxfordshire.
From Bucknell, Oxfordshire.
Roasted Woman / Rigs of Marlow / Getting Upstairs
A Headington, Oxfordshire, medley. The Roasted Woman was sung by the Fool in the latter part of the last century.
Ye Wild Morris / The Wild Morris
The first tune comes from Moffat and Kidson's book Dances of the Olden Time. The other was played as a “Morris Off” by Charles Baldwin, formerly musician for Cliffords Mense, Gloucestershire.
The Postman's Knock
Another Adderbury song-dance from the same source as the The Happy Man.
Ring o' Bells
From Lichfield, Staffordshire.
The Gallant Hussar
This version of the song The Gallant Hussar was collected from a Shropshire man, Arthur Lane, by Fred Hamer. It strongly resembles the Bledington dance tune of the same name which follows.
Bonnets So Blue
A solo jig from Bucknell, Oxfordshire.
Y'Acre of Land
A variant of Scarborough Fair arranged in the Morris style.
An original tune composed by Ric Sanders in the Morris style.