|Dambuster DAM 014 (LP, UK, 1986)
Recorded at Dambuster Studios, Essex
Produced by Ashley Hutchings
Mixed and edited by Richard Digance
Mastering: Bob Jones, CTS, Wembley
Front cover, photography and artwork: Garry Owen
Photograph of Cecil
Sharp supplied by EFDSS
Sleeve design: Dave Bubb
All outdoor and sound effects recorded at locations in Gloucestershire
and Essex using a Uher report monitor
Thanks to Val Miles for the loan of the bicycle
Martin Carthy: guitar and vocals
Richard Thompson: guitar
Whetstone: concertina, one row melodeon, guitar
Very little is known about the cylinder recordings used on this recording. The original
cylinders, from which they were taken, were found mostly unlabelled and in a dilapidated condition at Cecil Sharp House. They
were made by Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams and date from the very early years of the 20th century.
Particular thanks to Jim Lloyd, the English Folk Dance and Song Society and Ursula
Vaughan Williams for their consent to use these rare recordings.
- Among the New Mown Hay cylinder recording, possibly of Alfred Edghill,
Chew Magna, Somerset, by Cecil Sharp
- Sharp arrives and observes starlings
- Among the New Mown Hay sung and played by Martin Carthy
- Hutchings introduces Sharp
- Bushes and Briars cylinder recording of Mrs Humphries, Ingrave, Essex by
Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Sharp avoids being killed by a gypsy
- Banks of the Nile cylinder recording
- Sharp illustrates the evolution of a folk song on a bicycle wheel
- Sharp opens his case and relates its contents
- Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and Dave Whetstone play a jig, learnt from the cylinder
recordings, on three guitars
- Hutchings reveals a catalogue of Sharp's illnesses
- The cylinder recording of the previous jig, whistled by ``as good a whistler as
ever cocked a lip''
- Sharp finds his lunch and holds forth on vegetarianism, politics, collecting folk
songs and the acceptance of popularisation
- More cylinder whistling
- Sharp extols the virtues of bicycle travel and meets a bird-starver
- Hutchings offers an opinion on moulding music to suit its audience's taste
- Rambling Sailor performed by Martin Carthy
- Sharp muses on John Short and the sea
- Rambling Sailor cylinder recording, possibly of Mrs Verrall, Horsham, Sussex
by Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Richard Digance and British Telecom decide that Sharp has slept enough
- Sharp continues where he left off, then moves on to pipe-smoking ideosyncrasies
in the Appalachians. He decides to smoke his pipe. His lungs object. Instead he turns to morris dancing.
- Black Joke morris tune played by Dave Whetstone on concertina and Martin
Carthy on guitar.
Hutchings on the disagreement between Sharp an Mary Neal
- Cylinder recording by Sharp of Herfordshire fiddler John Lock playing a hornpipe
- Sharp believes that fiddlers are a strange breed and illustrates why. He also paints
a picture of the Running Set on a moonlit Pine Mountain.
- All My Chickens Have Gone crows an authentic American string-band
- Sharp relates more adventures in the Appalachians
- Part of George Butterworth's Idyll for Orchestra, The Banks of Green Willow.
Sharp, the delighted botanist, gives way to Sharp, the sad loser of three dead colleagues
- Turtle Dove sung by Martin Carthy accompanied by himself and Richard Thompson
- Sharp laments the passing of old-fashioned songs and kindly manners
- Turtle Dove cylinder recording of Mr Pendfold, landlord of the ``Plough
Inn'', Rusper, Sussex, by Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Instrumental version of Turtle Dove
played on guitars by Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson and Dave Whetstone
- Hutchings sums up and gets himself off the hook
- A rousing instrumental Among the New Mown Hay to finish from Dave Whetsone,
one row melodeon, and Martin Carthy and Richard Thompson, guitars
Tracks 1, 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 23, 30 Copyright EFDSS
Track 3, 17 Trad. arr.
Carthy pub Dambuster Music Ltd.
Tracks 10, 31, 33 Trad. arr. Carthy / Thompson / Whetstone pub Dambuster Music Ltd. / Island
Track 22 Trad. arr. Carthy / Whetstone pub Dambuster Music Ltd.
Tracks 25, 27 Copyright Control
Track 28 Trad.
arr. Carthy / Thompson pub Dambuster Music Ltd. / Island Music
Gloucestershire based organisation,
but much wider coverage and distribution
This organisation, based in the
the United Kingdom,
comprises over 60 clubs who
are promoting and performing
traditional British folk music
by Cecil J. Sharp
now this is really a find!