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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?

Tuesday, 23 December 2008

Coming Soon "The Amazing Catsfield Steamers"

More traditional dance music, recorded by "The Catsfield Steamers" This album was produced for use on TV and Radio, I am researching the band for more details, it appears they came from the English county of Sussex, maybe from the village of Catsfield, they used to meet at the "United Friends" public house in the village of "Ninfield of course that was some years ago, if anyone has updated information please add your comments.

This band was almost as large as a classic jazz "Big Band" with a "Cast of thousands" multi-instrumentalists

Melodeons:
Eric Downs, Andy Dennis, Mick Gander, Cliff Mason & Nigel Taylor
Concertina:
Bryan Hawes
Piano Accordion:
Bob Bourner
Banjos:
Paul Roberts, Cliff Mason, Roger Vance
Guitars:
Nigel Taylor, Paul Dengate, George Copeland
Percussion:
Brian Chainey, Rosheen Eldridge, Paddy Hanlon
Fiddle:
Steve Cook
Trombone:
Richard Hill
Synthesizer:
Mick Gander
Vocals:
Jane Downes, Bryan Hawes, George Copeland
and Mick Gander.

Tracks Side One:

01/1 ; Huntsman's Chorus ~ Sussex Bonny Breastknot
02/1 ; La Russe ~ David Knick-Knack
03/1 ; John Barleycorn
04/1 ; The Keel Row
05/1 ; Home Boys Home (1)
06/1 ; Home Boys Home (2 Vocal)
07/1 ; Elsie Marley ~ Lamb's Skinnet
08/1 ; Silverton Polka
09/1 ; Hanging Johnny

Side Two:

01/2 ; Daisy Daisy
02/2 ; Daisy Daisy (Banjo, Fiddle, Bass)
03/2 ; Daisy Daisy (Vocal)
04/2 ; Dorset Four Hand Reel ~ Jimmy Allen
05/2 ; Old Brown Ale
06/2 ; Uncle Bernard ~ Jenny Lind
07/2 ; Suo Gan
08/2 ; The Minstrel Boy
09/2 ; The Minstrel Boy (Vocal)
10/2 ; Old Swansea Town

For details of the current lineup see the picture in the Sidebar With an active link to the bands web site for some complete tracks.

As the band is currently still active, though slightly reduced in size, and no longer receiving any royalties from the PRS for the music on this album, I am seeking permission to post some if not all of the album tracks here.

*** Update DECEMBER 2009 ***

Despite trying to get a definitive answer from KPM (record lable) but with total agreement from the band, I am no further forward in being able to post this album on here, however since the previous album is freely available and FIVE tracks from it are available in complete form from the bands website, I am sharing these 5 tracks in 320k format. HERE or time/download limited HERE

Meanwhile, please visit the band's Dance project for 2009 ... Here
Checkout the picture gallery for some great shots of Kids having FUN dancing, with a few well known people sitting it out apart from the Mayor & Mayoress of course.

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