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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, 28 April 2009

Dominic Behan "Easter and After" 1958

The 1976 re-issue cover:-
The 1965 re-issue cover:-
From information published on the excellent "Balladeers" web site HERE
I now feel confident in posting the Dominic Behan tracks I do have, as coming from one of these two TOPIC LP's 12T44 (1965) or the 2nd issue from 1976. Nick Kelly lists both these covers with the same Topic reference, but since this is very unlikely I am posting both of his cover pictures.

Tracks on these albums:

Side One:
Erin Go Brath
It's a Grand Old Country
The Recruiting Sergeant
Slean Libh
Sergeant William Bailey
Barry's Column
The Boys of the County Cork

Side Two:
Johnston's Motor Car (Lyrics below)
Sean Tracy
Take it Down from the Mast
The Castle of Drumboe
The Merry Ploughboy
Sean South
The Oul' Alarm Clock
The Patriot Game

Dominic Behan: Vocals
John Hasted: Accompliment

Music download Here

Extra Lyrics, not included in the archive

Johnston's Motor Car Side 2 / Track 1

'Twas down by Eagen's corner, one morning I did stray
I met a fellow rebel there and this to him did say
"I've orders from the Captain, to assemble at Drumbar
Ah but how can we assemble, without a motor car?

Oh, Barney dear, be of good cheer, I'll tell what we'll do
Sure the Orange Men have all the cars, and we have but a few
We'll wire to Stranorlar, before we get that far
and We'll give the boys a jolly good ride in Johnston's Motor Car

When Dr. Johnston got the wire he soon put on his shoes
Says he, "This case is an urgent, and no time must I lose.”
He wore a fancy Castor hat and up on his coat a star
You could hear the din all through Glenfin, of Johnston's Motor Car

Now when he got to the railway bridge he met the rebels there
He knew the game was up for him, for at him they did stare
Says he, "I have a permit to travel near or far.”
We don't want your English permit, we want your Motor Car

What will all the specials say when ere they hear the news
My car it has been captured by the rebels at Dunloos
"We'll give you a receipt for it, all signed by Captain Barr"
And, when Ireland gets her freedom, you'll get your Motor Car

We put the car in motion and filled it to the brim
With rifles, bayonets shining, sure old Johnston he did look grim
And Barney hoisted the Sinn Fein flag and we shot off like a star
And we gave three cheers for Freedom and Johnston's Motor Car

When the Specials heard of this, it filled their hearts with scorn
they swore they'd have reprisals before the day was o'er
They searched the hills and valleys and woodlands near and far
But the IRA were far away in Johnston's Motor Car.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Coming soon (complete) Dominic Behan "Songs of the IRA"

I asked has anyone got a decent cover scan of this album? I have some MP3 tracks reported to be from this album, but sadly it seems that the supplier of these tracks and myself have been the victims of a hoax by a faker. The tracks I have are the ones from a later album "Easter and After"
that had 12 of the tracks from the "Songs" album on it.

I was alerted to this by the different track numbering and the fact that there were 4 different tracks NOT recorded as being on the original album, further intensive research has lead me to believe that the tracks I DO have may not be from the original album, even IF they may be the same recordings, therefore I am not prepared to proliferate this hoax further by posting them as content of this album, but as content of the later "Easter" album in the post above.

Some good news a follower of this blog has provided superb front and rear scans of this album and is going to rip the four missing tracks, so this rare item can be presented in it's complete genuine form at last.

The missing tracks are as follows, these are only to be found on the original album.

Side A
Kevin Barry : **MISSING**
18th Day of November: **MISSING**

Side B
Kerry: ** MISSING**
Soldier's of the Rearguard: **MISSING**

Check out wikipedia on Dominic and the IRA

Thanks to "Dustbowlbluez" here is a link to another Dominic Behen resource.

Checkout comments on this post for more links to Dominic's music from "Dustbowl"

Download links to be re-established 

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Australian Bush Fires Fund raising in Tasmania

Here are a few of my Tasmanian friends, in a Launceston mall, They raised a grand total of over $700 for the appeal in just an afternoon. The Concertina player is an ex-Brit of some 30 years ago from Orpington Kent and is the owner of the vast Topic LP collection which I have access to when I visit.

The Guitarist with the grey beard is Kerry Cantley, a traditional singer with a powerful deep voice, he backed by the seated melodeon player Bill, and the bass guitarist Mark has made a few recordings on CD, I have one of his recordings made at a friends house in Tasmania.

Some samples of Kerry from his album "Meander Valley Musings" HERE

Another venerable musician and artist Brian Mooney, seen often in the Launceston folk scene was
commissioned to make a painting of the group, this is now hanging at the house of the concertina
player, Michael Manhire.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Albums with Enoch Kent "Freedom Come all Ye"

This album from Enoch is when he was part of the "Exiles" Topic 12T143, 1966.

The Exiles:

Side One:

1. Ballad of Accounting: Enoch Kent.
2. Moving On Song: Enoch Kent.
3. We’re Only Here For Exploration: Paul Lenihan.
4. Thank Christ for Christmas
5. Pigeon: Enoch Kent.
6. Pound a Week Rise: Gordon McCulloch.
7. Freedom, Come All Ye: Gordon McCulloch

Side Two:

1. For a That and a That: all three
2. Arthur McBride: Gordon McCulloch.
3. Willie Brennan: Enoch Kent.
4. Wae’s Me For Prince Charlie: Gordon McCulloch.
5. La Pique: All three
6. Van Diemen’s Land: Enoch Kent.
7. Twa Recruiting Sergeants: Gordon McCulloch.

Enoch Kent: Vocals, Whistle & Guitar.
Gordon McCulloch: Vocal, banjo, harmonica.
Bobby Campbell: Vocal, fiddle, mandola, mandolin & guitar.
Paul Lenihan: Guest vocalist

Enoch himself has been living in Canada for the last 40 years, where he still performs live and in the studio. He has issued four CD's in this decade, with a 5th one just out check him HERE

Music and scans Download HERE

Friday, 10 April 2009

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Monday, 6 April 2009

Some Trad Jazz "Elephant Stomp" Dave Dallwitz 1985

Here is an interesting album jazz album from Australia, on the Swaggie Records lable.

01 ; Cassowary Strut
02 ; Meanest Blues
03 ; March of the Bandicoots
04 ; African Violet
05 ; Oriental Jazz
06 ; Banana Rag
07 ; Throw Down Blues
08 ; Elephant Stomp
09 ; Fickle Fay Creep
10 ; New York Rag

This vinyl was not ripped by me, but the main edit and cleanup was.
The cover pictures are re-created at CD size from the LP front and rear.

Music download HERE

Password for the RAR file is gonzoESTO

"Tansey's Fancy" Eponymous 1983


Checkout the history of Tansey's Fancy and Mara! by clicking on the group picture in the sidebar on this blog

Tansey's Fancy Artist Biography. This Australian group was formerly known as Tensey's Fancy, then Tansey's Fancy.

Album Tracks:
1. Aqua serven
2. Sar planina
3. Burning of the piper's hut
4. Blantyre explosion
5. Zensko oro
6. Eleno mome
7. Wee weaver
8. Jove mala mome
9. Unicornis captivatur
10. Chanson de Guillaume le vinier
11. Rada pere ~ Ela mi velice
12. Cherry tree carol
13. Twa corbes

Artist lineup:

Adrian Coleridge: Violin, Mandolin.
Davood Tabrizi: Darabukha.
Doug Kelly: Gittern,Mandora,Oud,Bouzouki, Tamboura,Guitars, Saz.
James Llewelyn Kiek: Guitars, Bouzouki, Electric bass, Tamboura.
Kim Sanders: Flute, alto-saxophone, tenor-saxophone.
Lindsey Pollak: Gaida, wooden flutes, soprano-saxophone,
ocarina, harmony vocals.
Mara Kiek: Vocals, tapan, bouzouki, percussion.
Steve Elphick: Bass

They finally became Mara! with Artist complement

Mara Kiek & James Llewelyn Kiek forming the mainstay
Taking on Jim Denley, Mike Haughton, Terry Cox, Paul James
and Paul Miller, with Danny Thompson Guesting on Double Bass.

Jim Denley (Mara!) and Steve Elphick (Tansey's Fancy) appeared
together again on the "Summer Haze" album with Cathie O'Sullivan
published in 1987 on the Larrikin lable. (posted on THTM blog)

Notes from Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Mara have adopted a highly original style encompassing a whole range
of musical influences, including songs and tunes from France, Persia,
Greece and Macedonia.

Whether performing the 15th-century ballad "Riturnella" or a more
contemporary song, the group successfully displays a clever marriage
of European music and jazz influences.

Tansey's Fancy (1983)

As Mara!

Images (1984) : Already Posted on this Blog
On The Edge (1987)
Don't Even Think (1990)
Ruino Vino (Rufus 1996)

Lindsey Pollak was instrumental in bringing a greater awareness of World music in Australia, he is a multi-instrumentalist known to make and play some pretty novel instruments, some made from vegetables. Not your usual ocarina or conch shell either.

Music HERE
(File contains Front and Rear scans at 1200 & 2400 DPI)

Thanks to BoHaG for his marathon effort on the scan stitching part of this post.

Password for RAR file gonzoTFAN

Please read the comments to this post for further information on the MARA! side of the story