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Maddy Prior & June Tabor: Silly Sisters

Maddy Prior & June Tabor: Silly Sisters (CHR 1101)

Silly Sisters
Maddy Prior & June Tabor

Chrysalis CHR 1101 (LP, UK, March 1976)
Takoma 7077 (LP, USA, 1977)
Shanachie 79040 (LP/CD, USA, 1990)
Chrysalis CCD 1101 (CD, UK, July 1991)
BGO Records BGOCD 214 (CD, UK, February 1994)

Maddy Prior & June Tabor: Silly Sisters (BGOCD 214)

Engineer Robin Black
Produced by Maddy Prior and Robin Black

Musicians

Maddy Prior, vocals [all except track 9];
June Tabor, vocals [all except track 3];
Martin Carthy, guitar [1, 6, 9, 10, 13], drum [6];
Nic Jones, fiddle [1, 7-8, 12-13], guitar [3];
Tony Hall, melodeon [1, 6, 10, 13];
Andy Irvine, mandolin [1, 6-7, 12-13], hurdy-gurdy [10];
Johnny Moynihan, bouzouki [6, 10, 13], whistle [7, 12];
Gabriel McKeon, uilleann pipes [3, 13];
Danny Thompson, bass [1, 3, 6, 8, 10, 12-13];
John Gillaspie, bassons [4], sopranino [4], bombard [4, 10, 13];
Brian Golbey, five-string fiddle [8, 13]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Doffin' Mistress (Roud 2133) (2.11)
  2. Burning of Auchindoon (Roud 4010; Child 183) (1.09)
  3. Lass of Loch Royal (Roud 49; Child 76; G/D 6:1226) (4.06)
  4. The Seven Joys of Mary (Roud 278) (3.18)
  5. My Husband's Got No Courage in Him (Roud 870; G/D 7:1367) (3.10)
  6. Singing the Travels (Symondsbury Mummers) (Roud 873) (2.48)
  7. Silver Whistle (4.12)
  1. The Grey Funnel Line (3.04)
  2. Geordie (Roud 90; Child 209; G/D 2:249) (4.00)
  3. The Seven Wonders (4.33)
  4. Four Loom Weaver (Roud 937) (2.37)
  5. The Game of Cards (Roud 232) (3.19)
  6. Dame Durdan (Roud 1209) (3.01)

All tracks trad. arr. Silly Sisters except
Track 7 trad. arr. Silly Sisters; whistle tune Johnny Moynihan;
Track 8 Cyril Tawney

Chrysalis Records' press release (1976)

Maddy Prior and June Tabor
Silly Sisters (Chrysalic CHR 1101)

You all know Maddy Prior of course, as Steeleye Span's lead vocalist.

On this album she is teamed up with June Tabor, one of the leading ladies of pure English folk, on the club and college circuit. All the typical topics of folk are evident here; the humour of My Husband's Got No Courage in Him, the plight of lost love in Lass of Loch Royal, sea, adventure and travel in The Grey Funnel Line. Ethnic and charming, it is refreshing to find room for this type of music today.

Maddy Prior and June Tabor will be appearing for three nights at the London Saddlers Well Theatre on April 11, 12, 13. During late April and May Steeleye Span will play a series of concerts and TV shows in Scandinavia, Holland, Belgium, Germany and France.

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