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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, 16 July 2011

Topic "Songs" series CHILDS BALLADS Volume 4 Completed

                          Francis Child's reference numbers for tracks                                                    
                                                                                                                                   Side 1
1. The Elfin Knight (#2)
2.  The False Knight on the Road (#3)
3.  Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight (#4)
4.  The Twa Sisters (#10)
5.  Lord Randal (#12)
6.  Edward (#13)
7.  King Orfeo (#19)
8.  The Cruel Mother (#20)
9.  The Broomfield Wager (#43)

                                Side 2

1.  Captain Wedderburn's Courtship (#46)
2.  The Twa Brothers (#49)
3.  Lord Bateman (#53)
4.  Lord Thomas and Fair Ellen (#73)
5.  Lord Lovel (#75)
6.  Lord Gregory (#76)
7.  Barbara Allen (#84)
8.  George Collins (#85)
9.  Cruel Lincoln (#93)
10. The Prickelly Bush (#95)

Tracks with artist details

Ripping is well under way now, this time I am completing both sides in one file the total size is not over 100MB so those with downloads limits will only need one download. I have extracted the track details, shown here on the left, into two picture files, you can click on these to enlarge them then right click to save them for reference use. The tracks are all mono but I have used 256k MP3 encoding to maximise the available quality on some not all tracks really need this bit rate, considering these LP's date back to before 1970, with the original recordings being done around 1961, the quality is fair, there are a few thumps which I felt better to leave in after reducing them, rather than cutting them out with an obvious effect.

Tracks & Scans 
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Tuesday, 12 July 2011

TOPIC FOLK LP "SONGS OF" Series Animals and other Marvels

This is the last of the Topic collection that was not previously restored, I will eventually re-do the two remaining Child's Ballads LP's Vol's 4 and 5

Topic Records 12T198 (LP, UK, 1970)

Tracks Side 1   

 1. The Happy Family (Roud 850)
    Harold Covill, March, Cambridgeshire
 2. Brian O'Lynn (Roud 294)
    Thomas Moran, Mohill, Co. Leitrim
 3. The Ewie Wi' the Crookit Horn (Roud 2140)
    Lucy Stewart, Fetterangus, Aberdeen
 4. Wim Wam Waddles (Roud 469)
    Mummers, Dorchester, Dorset
 5. When I Was a Little Boy (Roud 1706)
    John Stickle, Unst, Shetland
 6. The Muckin' o' Geordie's Byre (Roud 2137)
    Jimmy MacBeath, Aberdeen

 7. The Frog and the Mouse (Roud 16)
    Adolphus Le Rue, Bonne Nuit, Jersey;
    Elizabeth Cronin, Ballyvourney, Co. Cork;
    Annik Paterson, Tob, Orkney;
    Albert Beale, Kenardington, Kent
 8. Old King Cole (Roud 1164)
    Bill Westaway, Belstone, Devon
 9. Fear a'Phige
    Group of Singers. South Uist, Hebrides
10. The Parson and the Clerk (Roud 1154)
    Phil Tanner, Llagennith, Glamorgan
11. The Barley Mow (Roud 944)
    George Spicer, Copthorne, Sussex

Tracks Side 2

 1. Three Men Went a-Huntin' (Roud 283)
    Hywel Wood, Bala, Merioneth

 2.  A-Rub-A-Dub-Dub (Roud 3101)
    Jeannie Robertson, Aberdeen
 3. Was You Ever See? (Roud 2144)
    Manfrie Wood, Bala, Merioneth
 4. Going Up Camborne Hill (Roud 3102)
    Group of Singers, Skinners Bottom, Cornwall

 5. Old Mother Shipton
    Luther Stanley, Barrow-on-Humber,  

 6. The Herring Song (Roud 128)
    Phoebe Smith, Woodbridge, Suffolk;
    Richard Blackman, Arundel, Sussex

 7. Rothesay-O (Roud 2142)
    Davie Stewart, Dundee, angus (w/ accordion)
 8. The Farmyard Song (Roud 544)
    George Blackman, Wisborough Green, Sussex
 9. The Ram of Derby (Roud 126)
    Arthur Lennox, Newcastle-upon-Tyne,
10. Tom Pearce (Widecombe Fair) (Roud 137)
    Bill Westaway, Belstone, Devon;
    George Maynard, Copthorne, Sussex
11. The Green Grass Grew All Around (Roud 129)
    John Casley, Morvah, Cornwall

Download Music Here

Side 2 has presented some problems, the original content was probably recorded on a basic cassette machine with very restricted frequency response, this means the sound is not as distinct as we have come to be used to in today's digital world.
I have equalised where possible up to a point, without creating too much distortion.  The limited spectrum has caused some ringing and "spitch" on some of the vocals, not a lot can be done to avoid this without spending hours on each track, the improvement is just not worth the effort.
This IS as good as it gets.

Monday, 11 July 2011

TOPIC FOLK LP "SONGS OF" Series "Songs of Ceremony"

Volume 9 of 10

I've complete work on this LP, one of the last two in the series,  progress was slow, this one is quite noisy.

for more information Topic Records 12T197 (LP, UK, 1970)

A collection of songs related to seasonal ceremonies, once of magical intent, now often frivolous, recorded in the field from traditional folk singers in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and the Isle of Man

  1. Cornish Wassail Song (Roud 209)
    Charlie Bate, Padstow, Cornwall;
    Truro Wassail Bowl Singers, Malpas, Cornwall
  2. New’r Even’s Song (Roud 4584)
    Sidney Scott and company, North Ronaldsay, Orkney
  3. The “Mari Lwyd” Ceremony
    David Thomas and party, Maesteg, Glamorgan;
    Margaretta Thomas, Nantgarw, Glamorgan
  4. The Joys of Mary (Roud 278)
    Teresa Maguire, Belfast
  5. Holly and the Ivy (Roud 514)
    Peter Jones, Bromsash, Ross, Hereford
  6. The Twelve Days of Christmas (Roud 68)
    Bob and Ron Copper, Rottingdean, Sussex
  7. The Bitter Withy (Roud 452)
    Charlotte Smith, Tarrington, Hereford;
    William Payne, Gloucester
  8. As I Sat on a Sunny Bank (Roud 700)
    John Thomas, Camborne, Cornwall
  9. The Singing of the Travels (Roud 873)
    Group of mummers, Symondsbury, Dorset
  10. Divers and Lazarus (Roud 477; Child 56)
    Emily Bishop, Bromsberrow Heath, Hereford
  11. The Gower Wassail (Roud 209)
    Charlie Bate, Padstow, Cornwall

Tracks Side Two

  1. Taladh an Leinibh Losa
    Group of crofters, South Uist, Hebrides
  2. The St Clements Song (Roud 9679)
    Phyllis Carnwell, Hammerwich, Staffordshire
    The Shrove Tuesday Song (Roud 1516)
    Herbert Prince, Warminster, Wiltshire
  3. Shepherds Arise (Roud 1207)
    Bob and Ron Copper, Rottingdean, Sussex
  4. The Cherry Tree Carol (Roud 453; Child 54)
    John Partridge, Cinderford, Gloucester
  5. Somerset Wassail Song (Roud 209)
    Harry and Walter Sealy, Ash Priors, Taunton, Somerset
  6. Hunting the Wren (Roud 236)
    Joe and Winifred Woods, Douglas, Isle of Man
  7. Cheshire Souling Song (Roud 304)
    The Antrobus Soul-Cakers, Northwich, Cheshire
  8. Six Jolly Miners (Roud 871)
    Louis Rowe, Grenoside, Yorkshire
  9. John Barleycorn (Roud 164)
    Group of Boggans, Haxey, Lincolnshire
  10. Hal-an-Tow (Roud 1520)
    Townspeople with band, Helston, Cornwall
  11. Huntingdonshire May Carol (Roud 305)
    Mrs Church and Mrs Hall, Biddenham, Bedfordshire
  12. Cornish May Carol (Roud 305)
    Hobbyhorse party and townspeople, Padstow, cornwall
Download Music Here

(Thanks to Reinhard for the title info, the rear of my LP is almost un-copyable) 
Those that are not familiar with the Roud index, this is the work of Steve Roud
a librarian from Croydon in the UK County of Surrey (almost my original home town)
this index is now available at the EFDSS (Google it)

Side one contains the audio, these track notes and the LP scan.
Side two just the audio. Both sides were encoded VBR to optimise the size
and quality, which is somewhat limited due to the original Mono source.

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


Friday, 8 July 2011

Bucca... (The Goblin of the wind in Celtic mythology) Cornwall Music

Here is a most interesting album from a little known group
from Cornwall in the deep south west of the UK.

The album comes from 1982, as far as I know it has never been seen on CD, which is probably because in 1982 CD's were only just becoming available, most of the output was of a classical nature, the lighter music and jazz came later.
I said little known for that is what the group was but the  musicians forming Bucca were well known as part of 
"Anao Atao" another group keeping the Cornish 
tradition alive.

There are cover scans of both front and back plus copies of the inlay in the RAR archive. Recording quality is good to excellent, VBR  encoding to MP3 from a converted
24 bit master.
(LP is Plant Life PLR039)

Tracks Side 1.
01: St. Malo ~ Zeak Waltz ~ Sunny Corner
02: Ny Woer Hi
03: Morvah Fair
04:Constantine in Kerrier Funeral Hymn ~ an Try Marghak ~ Delyow Syvy
05: An Lader (The Robber) **
06: The Hole in the Harper's Head

Tracks Side 2
01: Maggy May's Hornpipe
02: May Day Carol
03: The Tinner's Fancy
04: A Virgin Most Pure ~ Kost Ar C'Hoad
05: Re a Lever
06: Arz Dufunyans (The Awakening)

** Based on the SOVAY (Female Highwayman Roud index #7)

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