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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?

Saturday, 28 February 2009

Having a short break to concentrate on some Jazz

Fear not, I am still watching, but this flurry of folk restoration has left me a little behind on some promised jazz restoration work, so no new postings of Folk for a while, unless something really special turns up.

It did !! Watch this space "Hooks and Nets" Re-worked new rip (24 bit) Side one in progress, side two last 4 tracks, later.

Saturday, 21 February 2009

"The Whistlebinkies" LP (1977)

Purchased from a second hand shop in Deloraine (Tasmania) for a $Few
Nicer and clean and plays well was the description, so we'll see..
( a few minor cross track scratches that resolve to low thumps, no skips
so in general the description was true)

Tracks:

Side One:
1. Jig of Slurs
2. Haughs O'Cromdale
3. Fairwell to Nigg ***
4. Mrs. McLeod and Friends
5. The Battle of Sherriffmuir

Side Two:
6. Ireland
7. Brittany
8. Donald MacGillivray
9. Sword Dances
10. The Piper, the Harper, the Fiddler. ***

Musicians:

Rab Wallace. pipes
Eddie McGuire. flute and alto flute.
Rae Siddall. fiddle.
Mick Broaderick. drume and vocal.
(with) Charles Guard. clarsach, and Peter Anderson. drums.
Recording: Edinburgh April 1977.

Tracks marked *** appear on the 1991 CD Anniversary, the remainder of tracks do not seem to have been re-issued.

Download HERE

Password for the RAR is gonzoWHBK

The front picture is a digital camera photograph, there is no rear picture as the LP was left in Tasmania with a friend, who as yet has no scanner.
I have now some more detailed track name content, that would be too long to use as MP3 titles so the tracks shown that are medley's contain the following tunes:-

Side One:
1. Jig of Slurs (Alena MacAskill, MacDonald's Exercise)
4. Mrs. McLeod and Friends (Raasay,Staten Island,Peat Fire flame,Reel of Tulloch)

Side Two:
1. Ireland (Brian Boru's March,Eileen Aroon,O'Keefe's,Morrisons Jig)
4. Sword Dance set (Gillie Callum,The Barn Dance,Sleepy Maggie, The Blacksmiths)
5. The Piper, the Harper, the Fiddler.(Royal Scottish Pipers, The Ness Pipers)

Please visit the Whistlebinkies site HERE to see their CD collection and concert appearances
There is a posting on THTM blog site from the Piper with the band (Eddie McGuire) re this years Edinburgh Fringe festival where they will be appearing.

SteveTurner "Jigging One Now" (1982)

Sadly, the album post on "Time Has Told Me" has fallen foul of the dreaded deleter, so here is a re-post of the associated information (updated) that went with the original post.

JIGGING ONE NOW, 1982, Fellside FEO30

Tracks:

Side One:
1. The Squid Jigging Ground
2. Salt Creek/Hare-lipped Susie/The Growling Old Man and the Cackling Old Woman
3. Johnny Laddie
4. Bonnie Annie
5. Few Days

Side Two:
1. Make and Break Harbour
2. The Bracelet/Jack's Getting a Wife (slip jigs)/The Skippers Wedding Song/All Hands upon Deck/Morpeth Lasses (reels)
3. The North Sea Tug
4. Down by The Greenwood Side
5. The Keepers and the Drivers

Visit Steve's site:

Steve began his career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the
1960s. Joining the Geordie band "Canny Fettle" in 1970, he made two albums and toured in Britain and Europe with them for eight years. In 1979, he won the Melody Maker "Stars of the 80" National competition, which persuaded him to turn professional for 12 years until 1991. During this time he made four solo albums with Fellside Records and toured internationally.

A period of thirteen years away from the folk scene followed with Steve building a violin retailing business and diversifying musically into a more classical mode. But folk music has a habit of getting into your blood. So 2004 saw Steve make a somwhat nervous return to the folk scene, but he was warmly welcomed to the extent that he was almost immediately asked to make a new fifth album "The Whirlygig of Time" at Olli Knight's studio in Robin Hood's Bay which includes guests like Martin Carthy, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Kevin Brown and others.

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Varry Canny (Canny Fettle) Tradition TSR023 (1975)


Another North Eastern group LP, Tradition TRS 023 (LP, UK, 1975)
Full cover scans will be in the download.

The restoration completed now, though it was a bit noisy in places (rythmic clicks in some tracks) this album was a joy to work on, the songs holding my interest by their sheer musicality, to a degree that I missed some of the lesser scratches and clicks and had to go back over each track a few times. Steve Turner appears here with some of his earliest work, his higher register voice is so easily recognised on his later works, classics like "Squid Jigging Ground" on "Jigging One Now" album, posted on THTM blog about a year ago, if he is new to you, well worth checking him out.


Side One Tracks:
1. Here's the Tender,
Liberty for Sailors.

2. Owre da Moors ta Maggie,
Green Grow da Rushes,
Da Nipping Ground,
Oot An'in da Harbour.

3. Bonny Light Horseman.

4. Oakey Strike Evictions. (Tommy Armstrong)

5. Shew's the Way to Wallington,
Andrew Carr,
Long Room at Scarborough,
Peacock Followed the Hen.

6. Another Round. (Richard Barret)


Side Two Tracks:
1. Varry Canny. (Joe Wilson)

2. Go to Berwick, Johnny,
Be Merry and Wise.

3. Erin's Green Shore.

4. Cooper of Stannerton Heugh (jig),
Black and the Grey (jig),
Random Jig.

5. Elsie Marley,
Fill the Tankard.

6. Gipsy's Lullaby.

Musicians
Bob Diehl, fiddle:
Gerry Murphy, English concertina, small pipes, whistle:
Steve Turner, banjo, mandolin:
Bob Morton, guitar:

Tracks are TRAD, except where shown.

Link to RAR file HERE

Password for RAR file is gonzoVCAN

Great News 
Steve Turner has two of his old LP's NOW available on CD
Eclogue  and  Braiding  Both on Fellside

You can find info about them them here 



Tuesday, 17 February 2009

"Hooks & Nets" Ian Woods & Charley Yarwood (1984)

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This is another album belonging to a friend that I am working on. Singers Ian Woods and Charley Yarwood have been singing together since the early 80's, Ian comes from the English County of Suffolk and has a fine collection of songs learnt as a boy in that county, he later moved to the Midlands and thence to Cheshire singing in folk clubs.
Charley has been singing professionally since 1980, has taught music and drama and toured with the London Contemporary Dance Theatre, his rich bass voice has been heard in the group "Regalia" and with Johnny Collins on his "Free & Easy" album. (previously posted here)

As with the Redcoats album, this LP is going to need considerable work to get it into a listenable condition. It exhibits a similar problem to that of the Redcoats, a second side far worse than the first side. I will be posting the first side soon, but I fear the 2nd side will need a re-rip after a really good wet wash.

Side One tracks:
1. Gloucestershire Wassail.
2. Hooks and Nets
3. Hedging Song
4. Survivor Leave
5. Brookland Road
6. Suffolk Song
7. The Pressed Man's Lamentation

Side Two tracks:
1.London Julies
2.The Whaleman's Song
3.The Nobleman and the Thresherman
4. Manchester Ship Canal Navvy
5. Wear Out Mother
6. The Smuggler
7. One More Pull

Good News the whole album has be re-ripped after a good clean and has proved very successful. Even better, the whole thing was done at 24 bits, so although the files were vastly larger to work on, hence the time, the results are considerably better with far less restriction to the sound caused by the auto de-clicker having to work so hard, in fact the 24 bit sampling made the smaller noises and clicks far more recognisable by the glitch detection process.

March 2017:
Ian Woods passed away on the 4th March 2017

As a tribute along with the many others read on Mudcat, I  present this cleaned up version of the album Hooks & Nets. All the tracks, the scans for the LP included in one file Here

Notes about the file: The archive file is compressed with 7zip (7z) you will need to extract the component parts from this archive to be able to play the tracks (MP3) and view the covers (JPG)






Monday, 16 February 2009

Gerry Dauth (Sousaphone with BoHaG) dies

It is with sadness I must report that Gerry (Gehart) Dauth the Sousaphone
player with my friends band "BoHaG" has passed away. A larger than life
player of a larger than life instrument, always central to the focus of the
bands sound as well as in this clip from the band photo showing the bright W.A. sun gleaming on the bell. I guess St. Peter will have use for his skills.

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

"Ey Up Mi Duck" a Celebration of Derbyshire (1978)

Moving up country from my recent haunts of Kent & Sussex
here is tourists guide to "The Derbyshire Dialect"
(Muckram Wakes country)

Side One:
01 ; The Derby Ram
02 ; Tales from Ossley Woodus
03 ; Derbyshire Wit & Wisdom
04 ; Hospitals
05 ; Sam Taylor th' Ilson Giant
06 ; Heanor Haunting
07 ; Sundays
08 ; Ernie Dunn
09 ; There's No Coal-Mines in the Sky
10 ; Black Beetles
11 ; Six Jolly Miners~Horseshoe Polka

Side Two:
01 ; Derbyshire Humour
02 ; Medley- Melody Iron Jig~Winster Gallop
03 ; Bradda Stoners & Tidsa Saw-Yeds
04 ; Tribulations of a Railway Porter
05 ; Pin' n' Button
06 ; Bonsa Dog-racing
07 ; Winster Wakes Week
08 ; Runaway Horse~Flyaway Horse
09 ; Our Mary's Bonnet
10 ; Sayd Cake
11 ; I Remember, I remember
12 ; The Day Thou Gavest, Lord, is Ended

A Collection of humour and music exploring the "Derbyshire Wit"
You'll need to listen VERY carefully to understand some of this.
Reynardine should note the link to Muckram in the Winster Gallop

Although I mastered the MP3's at 320k from a 24 bit LP rip, the
content does not really need this archival quality, so the music
presented here is VBR encoded 160/320 to achieve optimum
quality at minimum size. I have recently become aware of the
rapid filling of hard drives with all the nice content blogs offer.

New links to music Here


Friday, 6 February 2009

Scanning LP Covers

Scanning LP covers:

There is nothing I know that will scan a complete 12" LP cover, even A3 falls short by about 5mm each side. So you need to be inventive to get a complete scan. The A3 scanner does have the advantage over the A4 in this respect in that you only need two scans and the joins can be over to the edge, not in the main part of the cover which means that some LP covers with a large selvage can often be scanned in ONE by focussing on the central part only then have the edges cloned from the main body. Since the edges of an LP cover will often be frayed, creased or in other ways damaged, you will need to do some work on the edges for the final production anyway.

If you are stuck with an A4 scanner you will need to be really creative, sometimes you need a left and a right side scan and then a further scan to cover either the top or bottom edge, or both. All these parts need to be assembled in your favourite graphics editor, Photoshop or Paintshop etc. I prefer Paintshop, only because I was trained on that program, however Photoshop has similar features.

Requirements for multiple scans:

The scanner needs to be well warmed up so it will produce an even intensity scan across the whole plattern, this will show up when you try to join two halves, or add the top and bottom strips as a boundary at the joins this needs careful adjustment of brightness and contrast for each constituent part before the final join is made.

Joining: (example using Paintshop)

Load one scan (left for example) check the size of the canvas, make sure you MERGE all layers of the image, Increase the canvas size to 20% more height and double width, re-merge all layers, move your first image to the left of the canvas, re-merge layers. Save this new image. Open the Right side scan as a new image and select the part you want to join to the left image, make a copy (Control C) discard this image, revert back to the new canvas size image of the left, select PASTE and option AS NEW LAYER, this will place the selected part of the copied right image on the larger canvas, move the right part around to make a good join at some convenient place where errors show the least.

When you are happy with this, merge all the layers to one, and save as "Name L+R" from this point you can tidy the image, adjust contrast etc as needed. Proceed the same to add the top and bottom strips (remember the 20% height added to the canvas) finally crop out the wanted picture from the excess canvas, merge to one layer and save to a final file name.

I scan front pictures at 300 DPI and rear cover up to 600 DPI where there is fine text. You should aim for a working resolution of 2400 by 2400 pixels during the edit, you can go to 3600 by 3600 if you have enough memory in your machine but at this resolution you are working with raw files 30-60 megabytes, that take some time to move around and join.

The final resolution for distribution and sharing need only be 1200 by 1200, and for posting as a blog picture 800 by 800 is the maximum size that will be accepted without cropping.

Most scanners that I know will allow you to scan LP's in parts either as two(+) vertical scans, or (2+) horizontal scans. Some scanners do not give full access across the platern from both directions, so you may need to make one scan upside down, you can correct this before assembly in the editor using the ROTATE command (180) .

Some top models will work at 4800 pixel resolution, 2400 is really quite good enough for most work. The software to handle the scanner, frame the image, set up the scan is variable in quality, I favour the suite provided with the Epson range of scanners, or those based on "Pagemaker" (Canon)

There is a great sense of achievement in making a good job of an LP cover, their artwork is so much better than the average CD cover.

Monday, 2 February 2009

Australian Folk Music & Musicians blog

I have been asked to housekeep Paul's blog during his absence
if you are a regular visitor here and would like to get a antipodal
slant on similar music, try PAULS BLOG

Gonzo.