Friday, November 17, 2006

Barbara Dickson "From the Beggar's Mantle..." (UK Folk 1971)

As a multi-million selling recording artist with an equally impressive Olivier award-winning acting career, Barbara Dickson OBE has firmly established herself as one of the most enduring and popular entertainers in Britain today.
Born on September 27, 1947 in Dunfermline, Scotland, Barbara showed an early interest in music and by the tender age of five had already taken up the piano.
By the age of twelve Barbara had also started to play the guitar and upon leaving school at seventeen, she moved to Edinburgh, combining a job in the Registrar General's office with evening spots as a folk singer in local pubs and clubs.
In 1969, Barbara was offered a short-term contract singing at a club in Copenhagen and when she was refused time away from her day job she resigned, deciding to try her luck as a professional singer.
The late 60's and early 70's saw Barbara 'paying her dues' as a singer on the Scottish folk club circuit, gradually building her reputation and working with the likes of Archie Fisher, Billy Connolly and Gerry Rafferty.
Three albums for Decca Records in the early 1970's were well-received, but Barbara began to become disillusioned with the fading Scottish folk scene of the time, and on the advice of Hamish Imlach and Christy Moore she began to look for work south of the border in the booming folk scene of the North of England.
It was in Liverpool that Barbara first became acquainted with writer Willy Russell, himself a well-known face on the Merseyside folk circuit. Their friendship led to Barbara being offered a major role in Willy's 1974 musical 'John Paul George Ringo...& Bert', staged at Liverpool's Everyman Theatre.
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Accompanied by Nic Jones and Archie Fisher with Darryl Runswick and Bill De Mont

01. Witch Of The Westmorelands (Archie Fisher)
02. If I Never, Ever Saw You Again (Archie Fisher)
03. Recruited Collier (Trad/Arr. Barbara Dickson)
04. The Morning Lies Heavy On Me (Allan Taylor)
05. Fine Flowers In The Valley (Trad/Arr. Barbara Dickson)
06. Lord Thomas Of Winesberry And The King's Daughter
06. (Trad/Arr. Barbara Dickson)
07. The Climb (Archie Fisher)
08. The Orange And The Blue (Trad/Arr. Barbara Dickson)
09. Winter's Song (Alan Hull)

Produced by : Ray Horricks

Barbara Dickson - Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Nic Jones - Fiddle, Guitar
Archie Fisher - Guitar, Concertina
Darryl Runswick - Bass, Piano
Bill DeMont - Cello

Sample pic: 1, 2

3 Comments:

Anonymous Ron said...

Thanks a lot for this rarity!

17 November, 2006 22:15  
Anonymous streaker said...

Thanks so much for this -

Totally astonishing, beautiful, ethereal, sublime singer!

Her phrasing is so rich and effortless

The version of Lord Thomas of Winesbury is perfect!

Any chance you might post the two recordings she did with Archie Fisher? I imagine those are great also.

1969 : THE FATE O' CHARLIE
(with Archie Fisher & John MacKinnon)

1970 : THRO' THE RECENT YEARS
(with Archie Fisher)

15 July, 2007 03:13  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance of getting the download link for this album reinstated? Would love to hear it.....
Mike

12 February, 2011 18:09  

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