Thursday, July 05, 2007

Morris On + Son of Morris On

Morris On was a 1972 folk-rock "super-group" that left behind one self-titled album (think of them sort of like folk's Blind Faith, only more successful artistically), recorded for Island Records. Comprised of bassist Ashley Hutchings (Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Albion Band), guitarist Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention), drummer Dave Mattacks (Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span), accordionist John Kirkpatrick (Albion Band, Steeleye Span), and fiddler Barry Dransfield (the Humblebums, the Dransfields), the group had a deliberately less-polished, more authentically rough-hewn sound than either Steeleye Span or Fairport Convention, as though proper traditional musicians had suddenly gotten hold of electric guitars, basses, and drum kits.

Morris On was successful enough to lead to another go-around (Son of Morris On), and their first album is in print on compact disc in America from Hannibal Records. In terms of popularity outside of folk circles, the group's impact was negligible, being too authentically coarse and unstudied to appeal to mass audiences in the manner of Fairport or Steeleye. On the other hand, anyone wishing to hear songs such as "Staines Morris" or "Cuckoo's Nest" in versions close to what they sounded like in their own environments could do far worse than check out Morris On. The group name, incidentally, refers to morris dancing, a form of folk dance often practiced in England on May Day, in which the participants wear costumes associated with characters out of legend, especially the Robin Hood stories. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide


Blogger marcello said...

Thanks a lot!
I still have an exausted vynil of Morris On and a compact cassette of Son of.

05 July, 2007 23:57  
Anonymous darksun said...

brilliant . . .thanks

any chance of getting Pigmy by Keith Christmas please????

06 July, 2007 03:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant - "Son Of.." is another one I've been hunting for for AGES!

06 July, 2007 03:35  
Anonymous gldn mssr said...

thank you SO much for posting this. i've been looking for a digital copy for ages, and naturally here it is on time has told me. three cheers!

06 July, 2007 06:40  
Anonymous gldn mssr said...

thank you so much for this. been looking for it forever, and naturally here it is on time has told me. three cheers.

06 July, 2007 06:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Blind Faith, only more successful artistically"

I resent that! Blind Faith ruled!

06 July, 2007 14:23  
Anonymous Mrs. Blast said...

Thank you!!

06 July, 2007 15:16  
Blogger GeoX said...

Just another entry in a long line of awesome shit I would never have heard--or even heard OF--without this blog. You kick ass,

06 July, 2007 15:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thanks, great stuff.

d'you have any of the riverside/topic ewan mccoll & a.l.loyd lps of the folksongs of britain: the child ballads or the additional lp ballads not from child's colelction they did?
there was a 2-3lp box set on riverside put out many ages ago.
that would be simply amazing. and it never hurts to ask.

07 July, 2007 05:27  
Blogger GeoX said...

For the record, it seems like the last two tracks from Son of Morris On are missing. Anyone got 'em?

07 July, 2007 13:07  
Anonymous Morris Off said...

Not sure about the description of Morris dancing in the write up, but these are great albums. Thanks!

The two missing tracks would be nice!

07 July, 2007 22:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh yes!, more A.L.Loyd if you've got any! (please and thank you!)

08 July, 2007 04:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful. Thank you thank you thank you. It must have been 8 months ago I requested this and I had given up hope.
I also wore out my cassette copy of these albums.
BTW - saw Martin Carthy lie last night and he was awesome.

09 July, 2007 18:52  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've always enjoyed the first LP, but didn't even realize there was a second one, albeit without Richard Thompson. Thanks.

13 July, 2007 00:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any chance of reupping Son Of?


06 July, 2009 19:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great Blog! But sadly no way to 'DL'... any chance of re-upping both Morris Ons?
Would be great,

30 July, 2010 21:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. Leve the blog. Any chance of reupping Morris On & Son Of Morris On? Please! Thank you!

12 September, 2010 10:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can you reupload these two great albums?

12 October, 2011 04:53  

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