Tuesday, November 21, 2006

"Silver Birch" (UK Folk 1973)

This is one of the most highly sought after original UK folk private presses and extremely hard to find. This lovely 6 piece of traditional covers and self composed tracks with gentle honest harmonies was created by a group from Grimsby (originally known as the Forestry Commission) comprising Martin Bartlett (vocals , fiddle ), Jayne Clark ( vocals , harmonium ), Geoff Liles ( vocals , harmonium , mandolin , autoharp , guitar , bells ), Derek Rushmer ( vocals , guitar , autoharp , recorder , bells ), Angie Seal ( vocals , tambourine bells ), Dave Woods ( vocals , autoharp , guitar , bells , recorders ) and who produced this sole album. It’s one of those records which is a treasure to own, the history and impossible nature of it’s survival. This copy is very strong, it plays with occasional light noise in quieter moments but nothing compromising, looks real clean, has a great private label and cover is real nice. Strictly graded.Ttrack listing : side 1 - ushers well, come by the hills, daddy fox, crazy man Michael, dance tunes, flower and young man, bells. side 2 - lord franklin, lyke wake dirge, wild flying dove, bold reynold, orange, balloon, trees, glimpse of heaven.

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15 Comments:

Blogger Lizardson said...

Download

21 November, 2006 15:59  
Anonymous arbor said...

This is a fantastic album and the songs really warm the heart, I have a feeling this album will be with me a very long time it is beautiful

22 November, 2006 02:53  
Blogger chuckmyr said...

Another very good album

22 November, 2006 06:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

3 covers of old strawbs songs, that's a bit too much. This one is ok. Good voices.

22 November, 2006 07:18  
Anonymous Karel said...

Great!
Thanks a lot!

22 November, 2006 19:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love this!

25 November, 2006 08:09  
Blogger GeoX said...

Thank you--a seriously great album. And that is all I have to say about that.

15 March, 2007 04:04  
Anonymous Aggeliki said...

Thank you once again, it's so beautiful!

PS Please, please, please don't shut down the blog!!

30 May, 2007 15:16  
Anonymous Margot Benetti said...

One of the greatest folk albums I ever heard. Thanks so endlessly much for sharing it.
Even if all die-hard STRAWBS fans will cast stones upon me now: the version of "The Flower And The Young Man" is much much better here. The harmonium sends cold shivers down my spine and the vocal harmonies put a spear through the heart. Incredible.
This blog is in general fantastic. I'm rather new to all the 60ies/70ies folk stuff, listen to it since 2 years. I know all the classic things like ISB, Forest, Spirogyra, Trees etc., now I am eager to disocver some more obscure things... and this blog helps a lot. Thanks!

Best,
Roy

14 July, 2007 00:36  
Anonymous doug said...

lovely stuff can anyone find the cd that i can buy this or is still oop?

18 January, 2008 15:03  
Anonymous Molly Woods said...

In answer to Doug, I think there are some CDs out there, Dave might have some, his email address is david.woods3@ntlworld.com
(it's on his website so I'm sure he won't mind me putting it here!)

How nice to see these comments here. I am Jayne Clarke's daughter, I was just searching for images of her album and found this site.
Good site!

14 June, 2008 00:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a copy of Silver Birch signed by Geoff and Jayne. If I remember correctly, it was marketed through Woolworths. I had no idea how rare it would become but over the years it has given me a great deal of pleasure listening to it.

28 November, 2009 22:10  
Blogger flysplat said...

I have a copy that I received at a folk club in Scunthorpe in the mid '70's.

I loved it then and it's still in my collection.

Question is.... how valuable is it?

10 February, 2012 04:15  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An album in pristine condition would be worth around £250.

27 March, 2012 04:45  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I saw them at RAF Conningsby folk club in the 70,s and have a copy of the L.P. signed by all the band except Angie Seal who was ill at the time.

16 October, 2012 01:12  

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