The Etchingham Steam Band

Caught Riding A Bicycle.....
The Alchemist Of Electric Morris
Fairport Convention
Steeleye Span
No Roses
Battle of the Field
The Compleat Dancing Master
The Etchingham Steam Band
Morris On
The Prospect Before Us
Live At The BBC: 1977/1982
Rattlebone and Ploughjack
Kickin' Up The Sawdust
Rise Up Like The Sun
Lark Rise To Candleford
Light Shining
Shuffle Off !
Under The Rose
A Christmas Present From The Albion Band
Stella Maris
The Wild Side Of Town
Live At The Cambridge Folk Festival
I Got New Shoes
An Hour with Cecil Sharp & Ashley Hutchings
Give Me a Saddle, I'll Trade You a Car
Sway With Me
Before Us Stands Yesterday
Christmas Album
Along The Downs
Street Cries
The BBC Sessions
An Evening With The Albion Band
Human Nature
As I Cycled Out On A May Morning
Visions of The Daughters of Albion
The Albion Band: The Final Round Up
Some Colours Fly
The Knitting Song and About Dawn
Rainbow Chasers Alive and Well
A Brilliant Light
The Albion Christmas Band
Albion Links

A  Garland Of Songs And Dances

Etchingham, Sussex
The Church, at Etchingham

During 1974 and 1975 Shirley Collins and Ashley Hutchings led a remarkable acoustic ensemble playing the traditional music of southern England, around the folk clubs and festivals of Britain. Twenty-seven years later, this important historical collection draws upon a number of private live recordings.
Named after the village in Sussex where he and Shirley Collins were living, the Etchingham Steam Band was an all-acoustic project of Ashley Hutchings, put together in early 1974 and featuring Shirley Collins as vocalist (who had earlier contributed similar material to both "No Roses" and "Morris On"). Initially formed around the nucleus of Shirley, Ashley, Ian Holder and Terry Potter (with occasional contributions from Simon Nicol), it transmuted into a larger, more flexible operation around mid 1974 with, at various times, contributions from Will Duke, Mel Dean, Vic Gammon, Dave Mattacks, and even Peter Knight (according to Pete Frame's "Rock Family Trees"), plus Eddie Upton as dance caller. Eventually, a subset of the Etchinghams became the more "electric" Albion Dance Band, in 1975, which included Dave Mattacks as more of a permanent drummer (shared with Fairport Convention duties), and brought Graeme Taylor (ex Gryphon) and John Tams (ex Muckram Wakes) into the Hutchings fold for the first time.

The personnel varies on each track:
Shirley Collins, vocals; Ashley Hutchings, Tambourine, Vocals, Acoustic Bass; Ian Holder, Accordion; Dave Mattacks, Drums; Terry Potter, Mouth Organ; Mel Dean, Concertina; Will Duke, Concertina; Vic Gammon, Banjo, Concertina, Vocals, Melodeon.

All tracks Trad. arr. Etchingham Steam Band
Tracks 1-4 recorded 1975, Lenzburg Folk Festival, Switzerland
Tracks 5, 7, 14 recorded 1974, Norwich Folk Festival
Tracks 6, 10 recorded December 1975, `Nova Scotia', Bristol
Track 8 recorded October 1974, London
Track 9 recorded December 1974, Cecil Sharp House London
Tracks 11-12 recorded July 1975, Lewes Folk Festival, afternoon session
Track 13 recorded July 1975, Lewes Folk Festival, evening session

A Little Music

A Little Music
A collection of folk songs, instrumental tunes and dances
selected and compiled by
Ashley Hutchings

Copyright 1976 Island Music Ltd
no ISBN, Order# IS 5176 E

Introduction by Fred Woods

This songbook contains titles from various groups and albums into which Ashley Hutchings has been involved, i.e. Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Albion Country Band, Etchingham Steam Band and Albion Dance Band:

  1. Nottamun Town
  2. A Sailor's Life
  3.  Matty Groves
  4. The Deserter
  5. Beg Your Leave
  6. Willow Tree / Bean Setting / Shooting
  7. Cuckoo's Nest
  8. Sir Roger De Coverley
  9. Off She Goes
  10. Three Handed Reel
  11. College Hornpipe
  12. Gallant Poacher
  13. Come All You Little Streamers
  14. Three Jolly Black Sheepskins
  15. Old Sir Simon The King
  16. Hopping Down In Kent

The Etchingham Steam Band at the Corbett Theatre

Come All You Little Streamers

Oh come all you little streamers wherever you may be
These are the finest flowers that ever my eyes did see.
Fine flowery hills and fishing dells and hunting also
At the top of yonder mountain where fine flowers grow.

At the top all of the mountains where my love's castle stands
It's over-decked with ivory to the bottom of the strand.
There's arches and there's parches and a diamond stone so bright;
It's a beacon for a sailor on a dark, stormy night.

At the bottom of the mountain there runs a river clear.
A ship from the Indies did once anchor there,
With her red flags a-flying and the beating of a drum
Sweet instruments of music and the firing of her gun.

So come all you little streamers that walks the meadows gay
And write unto my own true love wherever he may be
For his sweet lips entice me, but his tongue it tells me “No!”
And an angel might direct us and it's where shall we go

Ashley Hutchings notes in his songbook, A Little Music:

This strange song comes from Ned Spooner of Midhurst, Sussex, (although other, similar, versions exist). It was printed in the Journal of the Folk-Song Society, No. 17, 1913, together with exhaustive notes on its possible origin. In short, it is suggested that there is a religious mystical allegory in its background. I would refer those who would like to know more to the article.

The Etchingham Steam Band
FLED 3002 (1995). recorded. 1974-5

1. Hard Times of Old England

2. Leapfrog /

7. Come All You Little Streamers

11. Grandmother's Dance /
Grandfather's Dance

13. The Little Gypsy Girl

14. Black Joker

Etchingham, Sussex

Etchingham and Sussex Links

the role of Action in rural Sussex
has been, and still is, to
identify problems and to
respond to the needs
of rural communities

the Etchingham Community Stores
opened for business on
Saturday June 14th 2003,
as a community owned and run shop,  
owned by the shareholders of the
Etchingham Community Shop
Association Ltd.
massive thanks go out to
Colin Boylett for this link and
the link to his
Etchingham Village website.
and, Colin,  many thanks for the
mention on your Etchingham forum
at the UK Villages online website

From 2nd-9th July 2005 at
Etchingham Parish Church
come one, come all

this beautiful West Sussex
village has a website all of
its own, maintained by the
incredibly talented Valerie Martin.
this link takes you to a page we
created on our
Rise Up Like The Sun website.
with all the links you'll need
to get to Valerie's website

To provide access to information
that is often difficult to find.
To make it interesting to students
and others, of all ages and abilities.

Song, Wassail, Morris And Mumming

A traditional music and
folk music archive
of reference and
educational materials

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