Category: Traditional Song

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A Golden Treasury of Georgian Music
London Baroque, The Broadside Band, The City Waites

The musical life of Georgian England had three distinct strands running through it - the classical repertoire as performed in the concert hall and fine houses-the lighter, but polite, songs and instrumental music of the pleasure gardens and stage-and the bawdy ballads of tavern and street. This album juxtaposes the three types of music and provides an entertaining picture of the music of urban Georgian life. London Baroque play the music of the concert hall, The Broadside Band perform the songs of the pleasure gardens, and The City Waites give us the low songs.
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The One Eyed Fiddler
Ben Van Weede, fiddle, viola, whistles, Paul Wilson, voice, fiddle, Appalachian dulcimer, banjo, guitar, accordion

Paul Wilson and Ben van Weede perform folk songs and music of Southern England. Including items from the Hammond and Gardiner collection and the tune-books of Thomas Hardy Folk songs and music of Southern England Including items from the Hammond and Gardiner collection and the tune-books of Thomas Hardy.
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Staverton Bridge
Sam Richards - voice, whistle, field organ, percussion, Tish Stubbs - voice, field organ, percussion, Paul Wilson - voice, guitar, lute, banjo, percussion

This 1970s folk album borrows from many influences - medieval vocal harmonies, travellers song-style and the use of drums for song accompaniment. Three singers combine to produce an album at once innovative and political. Thirty years on and this album is just as relevant today.
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Cotswold Ballads

The popular Cotswold poetry of Frank Mansell read by him with some set to music and sung by Peter Tatham and Celia Carroll
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Invitation To North America

The New World Seen Through English Folk Song sung by Tish Stubbs and Sam Richards accompanying themselves on whistle, guitar, drum, accordion, mouthorgan, Anglo-concertina, spoons, Appalachian dulcimer and an original portable harmonium
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While I Work I Whistle

Songs and Humour of the Cotswolds including Granny's Old Armchair, When I Took My Nance To Church, Johnny Ochre, Farmer Giles, To Be A Farmer's Boy, While I Work I Whistle, When Jones Ale Was New and plenty of old rural jokes and amusing anecdotes.
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Under The Greenwood Tree
The Mellstock Band and Choir

The Mellstock Band and Choir perform the dance music and carols associated with Thomas Hardy , his family and his novels from Hardy family and Puddletown manuscripts. A rare chance to hear the serpent and the high C clarinet both so typical and evocative of 19th C English village 'quires' and now totally obsolete except in recreations such as these.
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Fill Your Glasses
The Canterbury Clerkes with The London Serpent Trio

Convivial English Glees from the Singing Club tradition of the 18th and 19th centuries from The Canterbury Clerkes with The London Serpent Trio.
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A Tapestry Of Carols
Maddy Prior with The Carnival Band

Maddy Prior is one of the top names on the British folk scene and her album of favourite carols sung in a folk style has become something of a classic. The Carnival Band play a variety of historic instruments including lute, cittern, tabor, violin, recorders, bagpipes, shawm and bassoon. They add a vitally interesting backdrop for Maddy's distinctive vocal qualities.
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Christmas Now Is Drawing Near
Sneak's Noyse / The City Waits

30 of the most beautiful traditional English folk carols performed in an authentic rural style with original instrument accompaniment.
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Pills To Purge Melancholy
Lucie Skeaping, Richard Wistreich, The City Waits

Lewd songs & low ballads of the English baroque era. Rollicking bawdy humour from Thomas D'Urfey's famous publication 'Pills To Purge Melancholy'. Accompanied by original instruments of the day.
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Sing Lustily & With Good Courage
Maddy Prior with The Carnival Band

Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band, breathe new life into favourite hymns in the 19th Century West Gallery tradition. This is one of our most popular recordings.
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Traditional Songs Of Scotland

A rare chance to hear this great lady of traditional Scots song accompanied by some of the top names of British folk music on bagpipes, fiddle, accordion family and guitar
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Old Christmas Return'd
The York Waits with Richard Wistreich (bass)

The music and song of Christmas past from renowned early music bass singer, Richard Wistreich with the ancient shawms, sackbuts, cornetts, hurdy-gurdies, recorders and bagpipes of The York Waits.
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English National Songs
The Broadside Band, with John Potter and Lucie Skeaping

The Broadside Band with John Potter & Lucie Skeaping. 21 songs encapsulating the most typical and popular songs from the late renaissance of Greensleeves to the Victorian nostalgia of Home sweet home.
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Traditional Songs of England

The English tradition abounds in beautiful melodies and on this album some of the most delightful are sung by one of England's finest female exponents with a range of interesting accompaniments
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North Indian Vocal Music
Ustad Hafeez Ahmed Khan, Neela Bhagwat

The true music of India is the human voice and the oldest classical North Indian vocal style is that of Khyal. A lighter form is the more folk based Thumri. Ustad Hafeez Ahmed Khan here sings two full Khyals and Neela Bhagwat two beautiful Thumris and a short Khyal. This recording is one of the few available that extensively feature the ancient and evocative Khyal school and is therefore an important release.
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Sea Songs & Shanties

From the last days of sail with Bob Roberts-last of the sailing barge skippers, Cadgwith Cornish Fishermen's Group, Harry Cox, Ron & Bob Copper and other singers and seafaring folk. 26 songs with full texts. Historic recordings made between 1950-60 by Peter Kennedy.
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Traditional Songs of Wales (Caneuon Traddodiadol Cymru)

Beautiful and lyrical songs moulded to the poetic nature of the Welsh language. Siwsann George is renowned for her deeply moving performances and is accompanied by Welsh triple harp, bagpipe, Welsh crwth, accordion, hurdy gurdy, clogging, etc.
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Songs of the Travelling People

Romany songs, step-dancing, camp-fire, bothy singers , mouth music and a wealth of songs from the gypsy traditions of England, Ireland & Scotland - full texts and glossary.
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Songs & Dances from Shakespeare
Deborah Roberts, soprano, John Potter, tenor

Well-known early music singers Deborah Roberts (soprano) & John Potter (tenor) sing the original or earliest known versions of the songs associated with Shakespeare's plays. The Broadside Band accompany them on instruments of the period and play some of the dances of the plays. Fascinating listening as well as an ideal historical source for stage productions.
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Songs of Thomas Hardy's Wessex
The Mellstock Band and Singers

What were the songs so often mentioned in Hardy's novels? The Mellstock Band and Singers reveal all with these evocative songs.
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Traditional Songs of Ireland

A wonderful overview of Irish song with such classic performers as the The McPeake family accompanying themselves on Irish pipes and harp, Jim O'Neill, banjo playing singer Margaret Barry, Seamus Ennis, Kitty Gallagher and others (in Gaelic and English)
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A Celtic Christmas

Song and dance, both exuberant and reflective, to celebrate Christmas from the Celtic traditions of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Britanny and Cornwall with the typical harps, bagpipes and other instruments of each area. Most of the songs are in the original gaelic tongues (with translations in the notes). The singers include Colin MacAllister (Ireland), Arthur Cormack (Scotland), Emma Christian (Isle of Man), Julie Murphy (Wales) and Dave Townsend.
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Old English Nursery Rhymes
The Broadside Band

A real delight to young and old. Vivien Ellis and Tim Laycock sing 52 favourites in traditional style with The Broadside Band.
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English Customs and Traditions

Many of these customs go back to the dawn of time and their meaning is often mysterious but somehow are as relevant today and attract a great deal of interest
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Traditional Songs & Dances of Sardinia

Sardinia has a rich variety of traditional music and this album includes some of the marvellous natural harmony singing by children, plus folk songs and country dances, as well as a rare chance to hear the launedda - a double pipe instrument unique to Sardinia. It was beautifully recorded by Fr Damian Webb in 1962 when the villages he visited had very little contact with the wider world. Tracks include pastoral sounds, male quartet, children of Nuoro and Lotzorai, Nuoro folk dance group with accordion, Dorgali folk song group, Folk dance music on launedda and jew's harp.
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Cry You Mountains, Cry You Fields

A wide selection of rarely heard traditional songs & instrumental music from S.E. Albania
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Pleasures and Treasures
The Music Includes world music, traditional British music, early classical music on original instruments, novelty numbers, jazz, music hall, musical boxes, guitar quartets, saxophone quartet, brass group, viol consorts, choral music and chant, handbells and church bells, poetry and readings - from mediaeval times to the present day. This double album forms part of Saydisc’s 50th Anniversary celebration releases and is drawn from recordings made over the years from mono open reel recording to high quality stereo digital.
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For Love Is Lord Of All
As part of Saydisc’s 50th Anniversary celebration releases Gef Lucena sings songs of true love, false love, supernatural love, deceitful love and vengeful love from British and other traditions. Gef is the founder of Saydisc and has been a performer of traditional music since the early 1960s. However, amazingly this is his first solo album and he accompanies himself on bouzouki, mandolin, autoharp, recorder and flageolet. In addition to traditional British songs Gef showcases three of his own settings of poetry by Edward Thomas and A.E. Houseman and has adapted a couple of well-known Schubert songs. Songs in Italian, Ladino and Hebrew are also included as well as settings by Butterworth and Finzi.
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Worlds Away
Chants, Songs, Rituals & Instrumentals From 33 Countries & Island Communities including Sudan, Egypt, Morocco, Tuva, Kurdistan, Mongolia, France, Spain, Hungary, Bulgaria, Sardinia, Norway, Germany, Albania, Japan, Rajasthan, China, Tibet, North India, Arabia, Israel, Brazil, Andes, Tonga, Samoa, Papua New Guinea, Rapa Iti, Tuvalu, New Zealand, Easter Island, Chuuk, Tahiti, Bora Bora.
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The Complete 'Folker' and 'Frollicks' Albums + 5 bonus tracks
Fred Wedlock

Fred Wedlock has been and still is well-known in Bristol and the West Country for his humorous folk based performances. This double CD brings together the 2 seminal Village Thing albums from the early '70s + 5 bonus tracks from early Saydisc recordings. Double CD - Single CD price
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Awake & Join the Cheerful Choir
MADDY PRIOR and THE CARNIVAL BAND Gallery hymns from the 18th and early 19th centuries and some early folk carols. THE MELLSTOCK BAND & CHOIR perform music from the Hardy family and Puddletown Church manuscripts using authentic instruments as they would have been performed by a village band in Hardy’s Wessex.
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Songs of the Sea
I have been singing most of these songs on and off since around 1962. Up until about 1970 this was as half of The Crofters, the Bristol based folk duo who performed regularly at folk clubs mainly in the West of England and on radio and TV. We both sang and I played mainly mandola, autoharp, banjo and recorder and my singing partner, Martin Pyman, played guitar. My singing career was put on hold for some 30 years after all my instruments fell out of the boot of my car and were squashed en route to a folk club booking when going up a 1 in 4 (25%) hill out of Waterley Bottom near Wottonunder-Edge in Gloucestershire. In those early years The Crofters recorded three EPs and two tracks from these are included here as bonus tracks on CD2.
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Victoriana - Music, Verse & Recollections from the Time of Queen Victoria
Music, Verse and recollections from the time of Queen Victoria from Kenneth Williams, Miss Dorothy Blake's personal account of life with the Queen at Osborne House, The Broadside Band, Richard Burnett and many more with a detailed 32 page booklet with numerous quotations from Queen Victoria's journals, Mendelssohn letter and other historical background information.