Folk & Jazz fan, specialising in vinyl restoration.
Although I would prefer to only post albums that I have paid for, or those of close friends, I am open to suggestions and offers of rare Folk items that need tender care and restoration, provided the supplier has the right of ownership of the physical item. NOT JUST an MP3 COPY of it.
To give you an idea, I am prepared to restore vinyl belonging to another person, IF I receive a decent quality scan of the front, back and any relevant information that comes with the LP, preferably at least 2400 by 2400 quality, (600DPI scans for back) along with the sound files in FLAC format as waves are a bit too large to transfer.
Then I will check their suitability for restoration.
I try to maintain the requirement for a decent set of scans for each item, where possible, as I feel the music is incomplete without it. Sometimes this is just not possible as a lot of my stock came from broadcasting organisations that had their own heavy card sleeves, with information relevant to their prime function, that of providing the disc-jockies with basic details to pass on to listeners. I do wonder what happened to all the original artwork?
If you don't know this group, then this is your chance to hear their first recordings
S1/T1 Blowzabella / Marriage Marches S1/T2 L'Enfant De Dieu / Faerie Dance S1/T3 Kolomtanz S1/T4 Bourrée De Sologne / Ai Vist Lou Loup S1/T5 Two Scottishes S1/T6 Yane Sandanski
S2/T1 Bourrée De Brand / Valce Sauteuse De Rett S2/T2 Jenny Pluck Pears / Half Hannikin S2/T3 Cotillon / Drops Of Brandy S2/T4 Three Polka Piquées S2/T5 The Sun From The East / Laura S2/T6 Bourrée À Huit / Bourrée Tournante S2/T7 Bourrée (Anon.) / Bourrée De Cusset
Arranged By, Producer, Percussion - Blowzabella Artwork By [Graphics And Artwork] - Graham Bignell , Janina Lech Bagpipes [English Bagpipes], Tin Whistle, Recorder - Jon Swayne , Paul James (6) Bagpipes [Flemish And Macedonian Bagpipes], Flute - Jon Swayne Bouzouki - Chris Gunstone Drums - Chris Gunstone , Dave Roberts (4) Engineer - Mark Powell Hurdy Gurdy - Cliff Stapleton , Sam Palmer (2) Melodica [Melodion], Piano, Tambura - Dave Roberts (4) Photography [Cover Photograph] - Ian Martin Saxophone, Bombarde, Rauschpfeife - Paul James (6) Vocals - Chris Gunstone , Jon Swayne , Paul James (6)
INFO Blowzabella was formed in Whitechapel, London in 1978 by
Bill O’Toole (bagpipes, flutes) from Sydney, Australia and
Jon Swayne (bagpipes, flutes) from Glastonbury, Somerset.
The first musicians they invited to join them either came from London or were living there at the time -
Chris Gunstone (bouzouki, tapan); Juan Wijngaard (hurdy-gurdy, flemish bagpipes) who taught the band some of the first tunes they played; Sam Palmer (hurdy-gurdy) who took over from Juan in 1978, Dave Armitage (melodeon, bombarde, percussion). Dave Roberts (melodeon, percussion) joined in late 1979 when Bill returned to Australia.
When the band began Jon, Bill and Dave were studying woodwind instrument making and Sam had just finished studying fretted instrument making at the London College of Furniture in Commercial Road, Whitechapel E1.
Jon and Sam lived in an area of run down tenements rather optimistically called Fieldgate Mansions near the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, the East London Mosque and the men’s hostel where Joseph Stalin once stayed. When Jon returned to Somerset he passed on to Dave Armitage his flat at 14 Fieldgate Mansions, Myrdle Street, Whitechapel, London E1 which was Blowzabella HQ for the next five years or so.
Chris lived in Blackheath and was heavily involved in balkan music and dance.
This led to there being a Macedonian “wing” of the band called Izvoren who played with Balkan dance groups around London.
Australian multi-cultural music guru Linsey Pollak (macedonian gaida, kaval, saxophone) was in London around that time and played balkan music with some of the band and Peter Lees, a wonderful hammered dulcimer player who they met at the College did a few gigs with Blowzabella in the very early days.
The name Blowzabella
is the name of an English jig from the late 17th or early18th centuries. Bill came across it in Wrights “Complete Collection of Celebrated Country Dancing” while trawling in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at Cecil Sharp House for one octave English tunes to play on the bagpipes. The “blow” and the “bella” seemed to describe the sound they made and the name stuck.
Blowzabella. Plant Life Records. PLR 038. 1982. Chris Gunstone, Paul James, Sam Palmer, Dave Roberts, Cliff Stapleton, Jon Swayne.