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This Is… Martin Carthy:
The Bonny Black Hare and Other Songs

Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick: This Is… Martin Carthy (Philips 6382 022)

This Is… Martin Carthy
The Bonny Black Hare and Other Songs
Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick

Philips 6382 022 (LP, UK, 1971)
Philips 7176 121 (cassette, UK, 1971)


Martin Carthy, vocals, guitar;
Dave Swarbrick, fiddle, mandolin


This LP is the first of many Martin Carthy compilations to come. It consists of six tracks from Byker Hill on the first side and six tracks from But Two Came By on the second side:

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Fowler (Roud 166; Laws O36; Henry H114) (3.15)
  2. Brigg Fair (Roud 1083) (1.32)
  3. The Barley Straw (Roud 19112) (2.32)
  4. Byker Hill (Roud 3488) (2.54)
  5. John Barleycorn (Roud 164; G/D 3:559) (3.13)
  6. The Bonny Black Hare (Roud 1656; G/D 7:1427) (2.00)
  1. Ship in Distress (Roud 807) (2.28)
  2. Jack Orion (Roud 145; Child 67) (4.03)
  3. White Hare (Roud 1110; TYG 79) (2.47)
  4. Lord of the Dance (2.40)
  5. Poor Murdered Woman (Roud 1064) (2.48)
  6. Streets of Forbes (Roud 20764) (3.20)

Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 11, and 12 trad. arr. Martin Carthy;
Tracks 3 and 5 trad. arr. Martin Carthy, Dave Swarbrick;
Track 8 trad. adapt. A.L. Lloyd;
Track 10 trad. arr. Sydney Carter

The cassette release is nearly identical to the LP, except that the last tracks on each side—The Bonny Black Hare and Streets of Forbes—were swapped (maybe because the two sides of the recordings on the tape were closer to being the same length?). And Streets of Forbes is called Streets of London on the cassette but this version is definitely not by Ralph McTell!


Many thanks to Kevin Sheils for the LP info and to Wolfgang Hell for the cassette info.