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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?

Thursday, 16 March 2017

ARGO Folk LP The DRUIDS "Pastime with good company" (ZFB 39)


Here is another DRUIDS album


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The Druids In Good Company



This album of Druid music. represents. every source on which the group calls: popular songs. published material, documentary work. modern writers, favourite singers and many impromptu singarounds and instrumental sessions.

Two songs here are common to most clubs in the country.
MARROWBONES and THE WHITE COCKADE never seem to fade in popularity. This version of 
Marrowbones comes from the late Harry Cox.

TO DRIVE THE COLD WINTER AWAY originated for us as a song from Chappell's 'Popular Music of the Olden Time' as did THREE MERRY MEN OF KENT. 
THREE JOLLY SPORTSMEN was traced to the E.F.D.S.S. publication 'Marrowbones' after a brief hearing in a Bromyard 
pub during the 1970 festival.

Work on a B.B.C. radio documentary programme entitled "The Long March of Everyman" provided words for ALL'S DEAR BUT POOR MEN'S LABOUR and THE DIGGER'S SONG. The latter 
conveniently matched up with the tune usually associated with "Ye jacobite by name" the former needed a new tune.

CONGLETON BEAR was written by Derbyshire folklorist John Tams to an original idea by Peter Coe.

THE PICK AND THE MALTSHOVEL was written by Roger Watson shortly after seeing a Nottinghamshire pub of the same.

THE LEAVES OF LIFE and THE IRISH GIRL arrived via several singers of traditional song altho' the tune to the latter is new. The instrumental tracks come from the most enjoyable part of group life, the instrumental sessions in the pub. All the best tunes seen to come out under the influence of alcohol.

We would like to thank Derek Hale for playing the concertina on 'All's Dear But Poor Men's Labour', Derek Pearce for playing the mandolin on 'The Pick and the Maltshovel', 
the chorus of singers (including the two who probably only came to read the gas meter) and in particular Ron Curtis, for his great help during the recording sessions and for his seemingly endless
cups of tea

KEITH KENDRICK: English Concertina, guitar and vocal.
JOHN ADAMS: Accordion, fiddle, bells, vocal.
JUDI LONGDEN: Drum, guitar, recorder, vocal.
MICK HENNESSY: Bass, vocal.
DAVE BROUGHTON: Fiddle, chorus vocal.

1. TO DRIVE COLD WINTER AWAY / FATHER KELLY'S JIG / THE ROLLICKING IRISHMAN
2. CONGLETON BEAR
3. THREE MERRY MEN OF KENT
4. ALL’S DEAR BUT POOR MEN'S LABOUR
5. MARQUIS OF LORNE / LOCOMOTIVE HORNPIPE
6. THE DIGGER’S SONG
7. THE LEAVES OF LIFE (THE SEVEN VIRGINS)
8. ODDJOB'S POLKA / SALLY GARDENS
9. THREE JOLLY SPORTSMEN
10. THE PICK AND THE MALTSHOVEL
11. THE IRISH GIRL
12. THE WHITE COCKADE
13. MARROWBONES
14. FLOWERS OF EDINBURGH / COME LET US DANCE AND SING / KATE DALRYMPLE

Download link music and scans Here

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

ARGO Folk LP "The Druids" BURNT OFFERING (ZFB 22)

Another Folk album, this time on the ARGO label 

"The Druids"

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1. Thursday Night ~ Brian Borouhme ~ Frost Is All Over

2. The Trooper And His Horse

3.  A Sailor’s Life
4.  General Taylor
5.  Salvation Band
6.  Hunting the Hare ~ Exile’s Jig
7.  Our Captain Cried All Hands
8.  Fare Thee Well Enniskillen
9.  The Cuckoos Nest
10. The Boar’s Head Carol
11. The Christmas Hare
12. A Brisk Young Widow
13. The Prickly Bush
14. Madam Bonaparte ~ Roxburgh Castle ~ The Farmer’s Three Sons 
15. Gabriel John
16. The Butcher And The Parson

Music & Scans Here

Saturday, 11 March 2017

SONGS of a CHANGING WORLD

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Here is an album I have had for years, for some reason I never got around to posting it

Time to rectify that omission



From Left to right in the picture
Unknown potter, a very hairy Nic Jones, Jon Raven, and Tony Rose




Music and scans Here

Notes: The original LP came with an inlay that listed the track information, unfortunately this sheet never came with my copy of the LP, if any reader has a copy I would really like to get to see it

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Yorkshire Relish -- A Family Business --

Long time looking for this album, found it, cleaned, a 1980 LP

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Tracks Side A

1.  The Labouring Man
2.  Must I be Bound
3.  Adieu to old England
4.  Monty Python's Fandango
5.  The Trees they do grow High
6.  My Girl's a Yorkshire Girl


Tracks Side B

1.  We poor Labouring Men
2.  The Lass of Lochroyan
3.  Jack the Jolly Tar
4.  The Little Piecer
5.  The 51'st Highland Division's farewell to Sicily 


Download link audio and scans Here

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Dr Bowsers 2nd album (Re-post)

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The second of the "Dr Bowser's Brown Bowel Oil Band" LP rips

This album finds the "Bowsers" much more polished than on the first, this is a must for all traditional (Playford) dance fanatics, it's also pretty good just to listen to. When you have stopped laughing at the ribald comments on the cover, there is the factual and functional booklet that contains the lyrics, the steps and the music in standard format.

One well known folk musician said about the band .....
" Their name is the best thing about them"
(He's anonymous to avoid having a warm lard enema forced on him)
and who wouldn't with a threat like that hanging over his head
(or rather his nether regions) ?

This album is not owned by me, it is being restored for a friend,
so cleaning of the second side will be at his convenience.
(Come to think of it, perhaps that would be a good place to clean it)

Well I hope it was worth waiting, I've now made an attempt at cleaning
the remaining side, the results are not as good as I had hoped but it is listenable.
(See what you think?)



The original post had dropped off the end of the archive, so here it is again.
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