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Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick: No Songs (Fontana TE 17490)

No Songs
Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick

Fontana TE 17490 (7" mono EP, UK, 1967)
Fledg’ling Records WING 1007 (7" EP, UK, Record Store Day 22 April 2017)

Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick: No Songs (Fledg’ling WING 1007)

This EP has never been re-released on CD completely, but at least Grey Daylight / Jenny’s Chickens, The Banks and The Irish Washerwoman / The Ash Plant are available on their compilation CD Selections. In 2011, The Bee’s Wing was included on the Martin Carthy anthology Essential.


Martin Carthy: guitar;
Dave Swarbrick: violin, mandolin


Side 1

  1. Gillen’s Apples / Snug in the Blanket (2.02)
  2. Grey Daylight / Jenny’s Chickens (1.41)
  3. The Banks (2.06)

Side 2

  1. The Bee’s Wing (2.04)
  2. The Irish Washerwoman / The Ash Plant (2.54)
  3. Bonny Kate / Reconciliation (2.22)

All tracks trad. arr. Martin Carthy / Dave Swarbrick pub Sparta Florida Music Group

Sleeve Notes by Terry Brown

I wanted Martin to write these sleeve notes, so when he came into my office the other day I sat him down with a piece of paper and said: “Write!” I wandered off for about an hour to complete various jobs—on my return I found Martin staring glumly at the piece of paper on which he had written …

It seemed like a good idea at the time

… that was all!

I’m convinced it still is a good idea; and so will you when you listen to this unusual instrumental offering by Martin and Dave.