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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?

Friday, 18 March 2011

BBC Bush House 2008 Concert with Dick Gaughan,Martin Simpson (RE-POST)

Over two years since this was posted on another blog
the resource has become fragmented over time
the artwork for a cover was posted HERE back
in 2008, so time to re-establish the complete set.


part 1 of 12 
part 2 of 12 
part 3 of 12
part 4 of 12
part 5 of 12
part 6 of 12
part 7 of 12
part 8 of 12
part 9 of 12
part 10 of 12
part 11 of 12
part 12 of 12

NEW links

This is one of the classic Celtic Folk concerts of the period
it was presented as part of a travelogue on the 
appearances and travels of the host artist.

Dick Gaughan: singer, guitarist, song writer.
(champion, "tell it like it REALLY is" protest singer) 

Martin Simpson: Folk and Blues guitarist.
(variety of styles, American blues, Old Time, Folk) 

Michael McGoldrick: Flute, Low Whistle.
(Ex Flook, Lunasa, Capercaille, etc)

Mary McMaster: Harp, Vocals.
(formed the "Poozies")

This is a LARGE file, so I have kept the part sizes
down to 100Mb to help those with download limits.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Peggy Seeger "American Childrens Songs" (TOPIC 18)

Another album from "Gracenotes"

Topic 7T18 (TOP18)

From time to time I try to present something different
my last posting was the superb "Taboo" album from 
Arthur Lyman, a standard for HI-Fi fans in the 50's.
This time it is a special album for the Kids, those 
potential folk music fans in the making.
these are timeless children's songs from America
not quite like the British ones I remember
but they do have their British counterparts
with variations on the American ones, not dissimilar
to the British folk songs that crossed the Atlantic 
and got Americanised.

Peggy is joined on here by other members of the Seeger clan
Penny on second guitar and Barbara on autoharp.

7T18 Come Along, John!

8 American folk songs for children,
sung by Peggy Seeger with Barbara and Penny Seeger:


1. Come Along John
2. All Round the Kitchen
3. Billy Barlow 
4. Old Aunt Kate
5. Little Bird
6. Lula Gal
7. Rissolty Rissolty
8. The Derby Ram.

This was quite a noisy recording so has taken quite a while 
to get it into good sonic shape. The recording is not generally bad but some of the solo singing and Banjo tracks are very light on bass, the banjo strings have some of the normal "tizz" but the rhythmic knuckle slaps on the body are a bit light, I'd guess this was on the original masters due to the particular recording set up for those tracks.
The accompanied tracks have a much broader sound.
As is often the case with vinyl, side two was a lot worse than side one, there were virtually no clicks at all on side one but a few fairly obvious ones on two.

Another kind offering from this blog visitor 
Thank you!

password for the rip  is gonzoPSACS

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

TOPIC FOLK LP "SONGS OF" Series "A Soldiers Life for Me"

Topic 12T196 The Folk Songs of Britain, Vol 8. 
A soldiers Life for Me.

01.  Bonny Laddie - John Strachan
02.  Swansea Barracks - Phil Tanner
03.  The Dying Soldier - Mary Doran
04.  Willie O’Reilly - Robert Cinnamond
05.  The Banks of the Nile - Sidney Richards
06.  The Bonnet 'o Blue - Jean Matthew
07.  The Recruiting Song - William Rew
08.  William Taylor - Harold Covill  
09.  Johnny Harte - Mrs. Maguire
10.  The Soldier and the Sailor - Arthur Lenox
11.  Bold General Wolfe - Bob Scarce

Side 2  

01.  Muddley Barracks - Jumbo Brightwell
02.  Handsome Polly-O - Thomas Moran
03.  The Deadly Wars - Jeannie Robertson
04.  McCaffery - Peter Reilly
05.  Drink Old England Dry - Carol Singers
06.  Prince Charlie Stuart - Brigid Tunney
07.  My Son Tim - Timothy Walsh
08.  Napoleon Bonaparte - Robert Cinnamond
09.  The Bonny Bunch of Roses O - Louise Holmes
10.  Napoleon’s Dream - Sam Larner
11.  The Forfar Soldier - Jimmy McBeath.

Listening to these recordings gives one the impression that they were recorded just anywhere with no regard for acoustic problems, background noise etc, true folk music, recorded where it happened.

An interesting exercise in restoration, after removing the vinyl influences on the sound (rumble, scratch & clicks) I had to set about trying to remove some of the distortion due to over recording, the background noises, fans, and even a passing motor cycle on one track, I have tried not to be too heavy handed, preferring to leave as much of the atmosphere as possible to establish the metre of the events.

There will be the odd cough, the scraping chair, and traffic noise, as 
Peter Sellers said on his album 
"Three Folk songs in Hi-Fi"  The Glasgow street singer
"You may hear somes trafficks noise"
"Pay No attention!" 

Download Music Here

For more details about the song origins and some excellent reviews, please visit  Reinhard's pages

Monday, 7 March 2011



12T194 The Folk Songs of Britain, Vol 6. 

Some tracks on this album are attributed to Cyril Tawney who's estate has expressly wished by notifying another blog, that his performances should NOT be shared for free so that a worthy charity may benefit fully from the sales of his songs. However that does not apply here, because Cyril in this case only collected some of the songs and does not appear to be performing on any.

Side One

1.  Paddy West - Timothy Walsh
2.  Liverpool Packet - Billy Barber
3.  Green Banks of Yarrow - Mrs. Maguire
4.  Our Gallant Ship - William Howell
5.  Alehouse - Elizabeth Cronin
6.  Rosemary Lane - Bruce Laurenson
7.  Ratcliffe Highway - Jim Baldrey
8.  Lowlands of Holland - Paddy Tunney
9.  Quaker - Dorchester Mummers
10. Beninn a’ Cheathaich - Flora McNeil
11. Whale Fishery - Philp Hamon & Hilary Carre
12. Grey Silkie - John Sinclair (Child #113)

 Side Two

01. Warlike Seaman - Bob & Ron Copper
02. Boat that Brought Me - Thomas Moran
03. Handsome Cabin Boy - Jeanie Robertson
04. The Uist Boat song - John Stickle
05. Smacksman - Sam Larner
06. Sweet Willie - Lal Smith 
07. Campanero - Bill Cameron
08. Andrew Ross - John & Ethel Findlater
09. The Bold Princess Royal - Ned Adams
10. Boatie Row - Jessie Murray
11. Our Ship is Ready - Robert Cinnamond
12. Nancy of Yarmouth - Fred Ling.

Music download Here

For more details about the song origins and some excellent reviews, please visit  Reinhard's pages

Saturday, 5 March 2011

NEWLY RELEASED CD's for artists previously posted here................. and on other blogs

Steve Turner
 From 1984, ECLOGUE

Steve Turner
And From 1986, BRAIDING

Info and availability on both these

Steve deep in song at Sidmouth Folk festival

The two previous LP's "OutStack" and "Jigging One Now"
are still available on request, but only while 
there is no CD issued for them. 
(Links repaired and active, request password in comments)

Friday, 4 March 2011



 This album is now complete.

12T158 The Folk Songs of Britain, Vol 2.
The Songs of Seduction:

 Side One
01. The Nutting Girl - Cyril Poacher
02. The Bonnie Wee Lassie Who Never Said No - Jeannie Robertson
03. Bundle and Go - John Doherty
04. Blow the Candle Out - Jimmy Gilhaney
05. The Foggy Dew - Phil Hammond
06. Toorna Ma Goon - Jimmy McBeath
07. Rolling in the Ryegrass - Paddy Taylor
08. The Jolly Tinker - Thomas Moran
09. Long Peggin’ Aw - Harry Cox
10. The Thrashing Machine - Anne O’Neill
11. The Rigs of London Town - Charlie Wills
12. The Wind Blew the Bonnie Lassie’s Plaid Awa’ - Jimmy McBeath, Duncan Burker, Jeannie Robertson
13. The Cunning Cobbler - George Spicer 

Side Two
01. Dublin City - Seamus Ennis

02. The Light Dragoon - Harry List
03. The Orkney Style of Courtship - John Findlater
04. The Cuckoo’s Nest - Jeannie Robertson, John Maguire, John Strachan
05. The Soldier and the Lady - Raymond and Frederick Cantwell
06. Behind the Bush in the Garden - Seamus Ennis
07. Never Wed an Old Man - Jeannie Robertson
08. The Maid of Australia - Harry Cox
09. The Merchant’s Son and the Beggar’s Daughter - Davy Stewart
10. The Bold English Navvy - Lal Smith
11. Cruising Round Yarmouth - Harry Cox.  

Download music Here

Side one was in quite good condition, relatively easy to prepare, side two took considerably longer, quite a lot of distortion on some tracks, not due to over loading from the vinyl, but on the original tapes the vinyl was compiled from, I have smoothed out some tracks where the voices were really harsh.

Some originals here of familiar tracks like "Blow the Candle out", "Foggy Dew", "Rigs"  and the "Threshing machine"
Plus on side 2 some interesting insights into 
Hebridean courting styles, then sound advice to ladies
about courting an "Old Man" as well as some definitive 
risque versions of the "Cuckoo's Nest"

For more details about the song origins and some excellent reviews, please visit  Reinhard's pages