Friday, August 08, 2008

by Paul #19

Sara Grey with Ed Trickett "Songs and Ballads"
1970 LP MP3 Rip encoded VBR (possibly 128-192)




















Sara Grey apparently still tours but now with her son and has issued several CDs but, as far as I can ascertain, this album is not available on CD. She hails from North Eastern USA but she is a deft hand at the ballads of the British Isles where she has also lived. On this album, we also meet up with Ed Trickett again and he provides some excellent instrumental and vocal backing for Sara.
This album features a wide range of folk music, both old and new, from both the British Isles and the USA simply but beautifully performed by these two. I believe that her rendition of "The Fair Flower of Northumberland" in one of the best I have heard. I have no idea who did this rip from the LP but it has been excellently done.

Tracklist
1. Rigs of Rye
2. Two Sisters
3. Sandy River Belle
4. The Horse Trader's Song
5. Few Days
6. Open the Door Softly
7. Fair Flower of Northumberland
8. Fiddlers Green
9. Texas Rangers
10. Raspberry Lane
11. Boatman
12. Grey Funnel Line
13. Cobweb of Dreams


Ed Trickett "People Like You"
1982 (2002 CD release) - 256 CBR





















Well GeoX, you want to hear one of Ed Trickett's solo albums. Although he has issued four CDs, this is the only one I have ever managed to get the music for. This rip was done by the legendary FolkPhile who has collected, ripped and shared a prodigious number of folk albums over the years including six postings in this forum. Thank you, FolkPhile!
This album has a strong US traditional quality to it with what I call an old-time country feel to it. As a soloist, he does not have the greatest voice but he sure plays a great melody on stringed instruments. To my mind, the best track on this album is "Clayton Boone" which is a very western American variation of the Child No. 200 folk song (Gypsy Laddies, Raggle-Taggle Gypsies, Gypsy Rover, Whistling Gypsy, Gypsy Davy, Black Jack David, etc), although "Cotton Mill Blues" with a bluegrass influence has a lot of appeal as well. "River of the Big Canoe" is also enjoyable.

Tracklist
1. Cold Winter Is Coming
2. Sweet Freedom
3. Old Wing
4. Dry Cardrona
5. Rock the Cradle Joe
6. People Like You
7. River of the Big Canoe
8. Cotton Mill Blues
9. The Lover's Return
10. Kitty and I
11. Clayton Boone
12. Ashes on the Sea.

2 Comments:

Blogger GeoX said...

To ask is to receive. Thanks, dude. You rock.

09 August, 2008 02:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

just seen Sara at Sidmouth - love to hear this

08 August, 2010 03:24  

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