Wednesday, April 30, 2008


"Scullion" 1978

01. Cold River
02. Domes
03. Educo
04. Flight Of The Pretenders
05. I Am Stretched On Your Gra
06. John The Baptist
07. Days Work To Do ( Maybe )
08. Peelo
09. The Cat She Went A Hunting
10. The Fruit Smelling Shop
11. The Kilkenny Miners
12. Word About Colour


"Balance and Control" 1980

01. Jump
02. Balance And Control
03. Fear
04. Avoid My Eyes
05. Eyelids Into Snow
06. Tension
07. 18
08. Back At Two
09. Circumstances
10. Yellow Train


See MySpace for detail of the band.

Sonny Condell ( Songwriter / Vocals / Guitar / Sax / Percussion / Piano )
Philip King ( Songwriter / Vocals / Harmonica )
Greg Boland ( Guitar / Percussion / Keyboards / Vocals / Arranger )
Robbie Oberson ( Guitar / Vocals )
Jimmy O'Brien Moran ( Uilleann Pipes / Whistles )
Robbie Brennan ( Drums / Percussion )
Eoghan O'Neill / Tony Molloy ( Bass )

MUST for you all, especially for fans of Tir na Nog, John Martyn etc...

Tudor Lodge

"It All Comes Back"

This collection spans 1970 to 1997 and features previously unissued recordings, including three songs featuring Linda Peters, a re-working of one of the songs from the first album, the B-side of the 1971 single, and one brand new song.

01. Morocco (Green)
02. It’s Going To Take Some Time (Carole King/Toni Stern)
03. Look At Me (Stannard)
04. It All Comes Back To Me (Stannard)
05. Home To Stay (Whiteland/Stannard)
06. Golden Thread (Stannard)
07. Ain’t Always Easy (Stannard)
08. Sparkle In Your Eye (Stannard)
09. It’s Cold Outside (Stannard)
10. One More Drink (Stannard)
11. Sundown Waker (John Vaughan)
12. We Are Today (Stannard)
13. Kew Gardens (Ralph McTell)
14. The Good Times We Had (Noel Paul Stookey)

The Albion Band

"Light Shining" 1983

Cathy Lesurf, vocals;
Jean-Pierre Rasle, vocals, bagpipes, crumhorn, recorder, Northumbrian pipes;
Simon Nicol, vocals, guitar, dulcimer, keyboards;
Dave Whetstone, vocals, melodeon, concertina, guitar;
Ashley Hutchings, vocals, bass guitar;
John Maxwell, vocals, drums, percussion;
Dave Mattacks, drums, synthesiser;
Mary Miller, spoken words on [2];
Bill Martin, synthesisers on [4];
Karen Bullen, Lyn King, vocals on [8]

Recorded August-September 1982 at Beech House Recorders, Deal, Kent
Engineer: Barry Gibbons
A Pukka Music Project
Produced by: Ashley Hutchings
Associate Producer: Dave Mattacks
Mixed by: Jerry Boyes at Livingstone Studios, Wood Green, London

1. Light Shining
2. Wolfe
3. London Dance Song Medley
3. a. Pell Mell in Pall Mall
3. b. The Kensington Square Square Dance
3. c. (Do) the Aldwych
4. The Green Mist
5. (Love Is Like a) Railway Station
6. Swift Nick
7. Always Chasing Rainbows
8. Sisters (of Mercy)
9. Beware of Blue

Tracks 1, 3b/c, 5-7, 9 Ashley Hutchings, Dave Whetstone
Track 2 Ashley Hutchings
Track 3a Ashley Hutchings, Jean-Pierre Rasle
Track 4 Cathy Lesurf
Track 8 Ashley Hutchings, Lyn King, Dave Whetstone

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Ralph McTell

"My Side Of Your Window" 1969

The third album, My Side Of Your Window, released in 1969, became Melody Maker magazine's Folk Album of the Month. In July, Ralph had appeared at Cambridge Folk Festival for the first time and at the end of the year headlined at Hornsey Town Hall.

Peter Bellamy

"Mr. Bellamy Mr. Kipling and the Tradition"
(Keep On Kipling, 1982 / Songs An' Rummy Conjurin' Tricks, 1992 )

A heartily welcome 2-CD reissue that includes Bellamy's fourth Kipling collection, Keep On Kipling, along with his final album, the fine live set, Songs An' Rummy Conjurin' Tricks (both albums reviewed above). This also includes some stray tracks from cassette releases and out of print albums. Another fine album, and one of precious few Bellamy albums still in print. Recommended.

"Keep On Kipling" (Fellside, 1982)
Bellamy's long and somewhat quixotic fascination with the poetry of Rudyard Kipling began with a pair of albums on the Decca label's Argo imprint, and continued throughout his life, with five albums total being recorded. Displeased that his early Kipling recordings had lapsed out of print for several years, Bellamy took it upon himself to record this album, the fourth of his Kipling outings, which recaps many of the songs he had recorded earlier. Unlike the previous three, this disc did not focus on a single narrative theme, rather, it glides through a cross-section of Kipling's work. Like most of Bellamy's work, it's the kind of thing you have to be in the right mood for, but if you get in on his wavelength, there are few folk recordings more rewarding. Recommended! (NOTE: This record was re-released on CD, along with Bellamy's last album, in a 2-CD set titled Mr. Bellamy, Mr. Kipling & The Tradition. Listed below.)

"Songs An' Rummy Conjurin' Tricks" (Fellside, 1992)
Recorded off the cuff in 1991, this posthumously released live album captured Bellamy, undiminished, at the height of his powers. It's not music for casual listening; if you had this on in the background, it might well drive you to distraction. But once distracted, ah, what a pleasure. Bellamy's talents as a storyteller are readily apparent on all these songs, as he yowlps a capella or accompanied by a small, unflashy squeezebox. Some songs are more accessible than others, when I first put this on, the haltingly melodic "Slip Jigs And Reels" immediately caught my ear; on further exploration, other, more dauntingly severe, ballads came out in full relief. This is a lovely album, and a fitting -- if tragic -- epitaph to Bellamy's long and invaluable career. He may have had his detractors, both musical and ideological, but listening to the intensity and passion of these performances, it's certainly difficult to understand why. (NOTE: This album was re-released on CD, along with one of his Kipling albums, under the title Mr. Bellamy, Mr. Kipling & The Tradition. Listed below.)

The Corrie Folk Trio & Paddie Bell

"The Promise Of The Day" 1965

The title of the album is a line from "The Uist Tramping Song". It was their first album in stereo and "The Uist Tramping Song" gives the three male voices very distinct stereo separation. On this album there are two sea shanties, and only one Jacobite song. For the first time Roy Williamson is given a lead vocal (Verdant Braes O' Screen) but his voice is weak compared to later albums. In the liner lines by W Gordon Smith he is cast in the role of an absent-minded scholar. Paddie Bell sings "Fear A Bhata", with the chorus in Gaelic. Their singing of "Killiecrankie" was recorded on film and broadcast on "The White Heather Club" at about the time that this album was recorded.

Roy Williamson (vocals, concertina), Ronnie Browne (vocals, guitar), Bill Smith (vocals), Paddie Bell (vocals, banjo). Acoustic guitars, mandolin, bandurra and penny whistle are heard but no credits are given. Guests: Archie Fisher plays banjo on "Roddy McCorly", Robin Brock plays acoustic bass. Recorded in stereo. Produced by W Gordon Smith. Running time: about 35 minutes.

1. My Love She's But A Lassie Yet
2. Shoals O' Herrin' (Ewan MacColl)
3. The Trooper and the Maid [Child Ballad 299]
4. Whistling Gypsy [Child Ballad 200]
5. Queen Mary (vocal by Paddie Bell)
6. The Leaving of Liverpool
7. Uist Tramping Song (Bannerman / MacDonald)
8. Johnnie Lad
9. Roddy McCorly
10. Verdant Braes O' Screen
11. Around Cape Horn
12. Fear A Bhata (vocal by Paddie Bell)
13. Killiecrankie
14. Jock Hawk's Adventures In Glasgow

by MJF #12

The Chad Mitchell Trio "Original Kapp Recordings"
(w/ bonus tracks @192kbps)

The original group was formed by Gonzaga University students and Glee Club members William Chad Mitchell (from Spokane, Washington); Mike Kobluk (from Trail, British Columbia, Canada);and Mike Pugh (from Pasco, Washington).

The Trio's first recordings for Colpix were similar to the conventional folk songs that were gaining popularity then as an alternative to the early rock-and-roll genre.
It was songs from their first Kapp Records release ― "Mighty Day" (about the 1900 Galveston,Texas hurricane); "Rum By Gum" (about the Temperance/Prohibition movement); and,"Lizzie Borden" (a strange satire about the accused axe murderess),
which began to make the Trio distinct.

1. Leave Me If You Want To
2. Blowin' In The Wind Listen
3. The Ballad Of The Greenland Whalers
4. The John Birch Society
5. Hello Susan Brown
6. Blues Around My head
7. Alberta
8. Golden Vanity
9. Come Along Home (Tom's Song)
10. You Can Tell The World
11. Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream
12. Mighty Day
13. The Whistling Gypsy
14. Dona, Dona, Dona
15. Whup jamboree
16. Johnnie
17. Puttin' On The Style
18. Lizzie Borden
19. Vaichazkem
20. I Do Adore Her
21. The Ballad of Sigmund Freud

The Boys of the Lough

"Lochaber No More" 1976

01. Lochaber No More
02. The Laird O'Drumblair
03. The Blantyre Explosion
04. The Blarney Pilgrim
05. The Mountain Streams Where the Moorcocks Crow
06. The Trowie Burn
07. Haughton House
08. One thing or the Other
09. A' da Ships are Sailing
10. The Bonny Blue-eyed Lass
11. Jackie Donnan's Mazurka
12. Farewell to Erin

Monday, April 28, 2008

Tom Thatcher said...

Dear Lizardson,

I would have liked to have left a comment about the Natural Acoustic Band on your site but I am far too dim to know how to do it - so perhaps you could do it for me!

I also knew Krysia and many is the time that Robin and Tom slept on my floor at Holland House in Edinburgh Uni. Krysia was a lovely girl and friends with Liz Cambell and Paddi Ure Reid (now Paddi Mobbs). Later she became friendly with Nicky James, who was making an album with my son's Godfather Mike Wedgwood (see Curved Air/Caravan), and we did a gig one night at the White Lion in London. K sat on Nicky's lap while we did "Not fade Away" (not the Stones) from Nick's first album on Philips. I only saw her her a few times after that but she was a really nice girl.


Tom Thatcher

Thanks for sharing your wonderful memories....

Well come back...

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Ian Matthews

"Spot of Interference" 1980

With his previous outing, the overly polished Siamese Friends (1979), Ian Matthews failed to capitalize on the Top 20 success of "Shake It," from his 1978 release, Stealin' Home. He quickly returned the following year with a new U.S. label, a new direction, and a new album, Spot of Interference. His third straight record produced by Sandy Roberton, Spot of Interference leaves behind the MOR feel that had dominated his last four or five years, in favor of a power pop and new wave sound that fits him curiously well. Aside from pairing once again with Roberton, he also continues his work with Siamese Friends songwriting collaborators and musicians Bob Metzger and Mark Griffiths. These teamings yield some fine moments and performances, but it's covers like the frenetic pop/rock of "I Survived the '70s" and Jules Shear's "Driftwood From Disaster" that push Matthews, as well as his ordinarily sweet tenor, to the limit. And though this may seem a bit out of character, he never comes off like a misplaced folkie. Other highlights include former bandmate Richard Thompson's social rant, "Civilisation," as well as an updated version of the Left Banke's "She May Call You Up Tonight," which sounds as fresh here as it did in 1967. His one and only release for RSO Records, Spot of Interference was Matthews' best album since Some Days You Eat the Bear and Some Days the Bear Eats You in 1974. ~ Brett Hartenbach, All Music Guide

Jackie Leven

"Forbidden Songs of the Dying West" 1995

Over the years, so many great musical talents have allowed their demons to destroy them. From Charlie Parker to Hank Williams, Sr. to Kurt Cobain, you could write a book about all of the musicians or vocalists who were hell-bent for self-destruction. But there are also many artists who have successfully conquered their demons, and when Scottish folk-rock troubadour Jackie Leven recorded Forbidden Songs of the Dying West in 1995, he seemed to be one of the ones who was winning the battle. The former Doll by Doll singer had been a drug addict, but he got treatment for his addiction -- which could have easily cost him his life -- and continued to make valuable contributions to music. One of Leven's finest albums, Forbidden Songs illustrates the connection between the Celtic folk traditions of the British Isles and the Anglo-American folk traditions of North America. Leven is from Scotland, but he doesn't limit himself to Scottish influences, on this reflective, contemplative CD, his inspirations range from American folk-rock to Celtic music (both Scottish and Irish) to British folk. Leven is a superb storyteller, and he reminds us of that fact on such jewels as "Men in Prison," "Lammermuir Hills," and "By the Sign of the Shattered Star." Leven wrote most of the music himself, although the haunting "Leven's Lament" finds him uniting his own lyrics with the melody of Ernest Gold's "Exodus" (a classic that was recorded by the legendary French chanteuse Edif Piaf). For those who have yet to experience the joys of Leven's singing, Forbidden Songs would be a fine starting point. ~ Alex Henderson, All Music Guide

Saturday, April 26, 2008


by Tim

Hey not quite sure where to post this but here's a link to Karen dalton's
very 'newly' released set of folky demos 'Green rocky road'
thought you and your site might like them.


Karen Dalton "Green Rocky Road"

Forty five years on from the original recordings, yet more lost treasures are unearthed from the estate of Karen Dalton, and once again, it's a reissue of sessions committed to tape by amateur sound engineer Joe Loop, the man responsible for capturing the Cotton Eyed Joe live double album that surfaced last year. As ever, Karen's voice turns out to be quite the shock to the system, with a wizened resonance that doesn't really fit the youthful frame. Despite there being overlaps in terms of the songs performed, there's a gulf of difference between the Karen Dalton documented here and the one who would later go on to record It's So Hard To Tell Who's Going To Love You The Best (1969) and In My Own Time (1971). 'Ribbon Bow' from the former appears in a rough cut fashion here, as does the much celebrated 'Katie Cruel', a song that's become something of a standard in recent years, thanks to covers by Bert Jansch, Beth Orton, Devendra Banhart and White Magic. You can still hear traces of the swaggering, smoky tones that would later define Dalton as the 'Bilie Holliday of folk' in Green Rocky Road, but her talent is clearly caught during an incubatory period, committed to record in a style redolent of the old rustic field recordings that defined the way folk music was discovered in the first half of the twentieth century. Bar for the final song, 'In The Evening', which features assistance from Loop on drums, these are all solo performances, with Karen accompanying herself on either 12-string guitar or her unique, customised banjo. You'd be hard-pressed to a find a more intimate portrait of the artist as a young woman. Excellent.


Eric Andersen
Band Shell, Central Park, NY (June 7, 1972)
Free Concert (Support For NRPS)

01 Close The Door Lightly
02 Why Don`t You Love Me Like You Used To Do
03 Violets Of Dawn
04 Daddy Frank
05 Is It Really Love At All
06 Mamma Tried W/New Riders Of The Purple Sage



by Anonymous

Bert Sommer (The Left Banke) Discography...

Bert Sommer (February 7, 1949 – July 23, 1990) was a folk singer who performed at Woodstock in 1969 and had a hit with the song "We're All Playing In The Same Band." He was briefly a member of baroque-pop group The Left Banke, co-writing and singing lead on the "Ivy Ivy"/"And Suddenly" single. He also played Woof in the original Broadway production of "Hair (musical)" and "Flatbush" of Kaptain Kool and the Kongs on The Krofft Supershow in 1976. He died in Troy, NY after a long battle with respiratory illness. His last performance was in Troy on June 11, 1990 with his friend Johnny Rabb.

The Road To Travel (1969). Capitol.


Inside Bert Sommer (1970). Eleuthera.

Bert Sommer (1970). Buddha.

Bert Sommer (1977). Capitol.

All links dead.
But easy to find.

Friday, April 25, 2008

by ulaes #2

Jesse Winchester "Third Down, 110 to Go" 1972

I have ripped Jesse Winchester's 1972 LP Third Down,
110 to Go and I'd like to share it with Time Has Told Me.
It's really a beautiful album.

AMG Review:
If Jesse Winchester's debut album was an auspicious introduction to a powerful new songwriting talent, his two-and-a-half-years-in-the-making follow-up was in some ways even more impressive.
Without the influence of Robbie Robertson, Winchester, who produced most of the album himself (three tracks were handled by Todd Rundgren), gave it a homemade feel, using small collections of acoustic instruments, an appropriate setting for a group of short, intimate songs that expressed a deliberately positive worldview set against an acknowledgement of desperate times.
Winchester found hope in religion and domesticity, but the key to his stance was a kind of good-humored accommodation. "If the wheel is fixed," he sang, "I would still take a chance. If we're skating on thin ice, then we might as well dance."
The album was littered with such examples of aphoristic folk wisdom, adding up to a portrait of a man, cut off from his very deep roots and yet determined to maintain his dignity with grace and even occasionally a goofy sense of humor.

Artist: Jesse Winchester
Album: Third Down, 110 to Go
Year: 1972
Genre: Folk-Rock
Label: Bearsville
Catalog #: BR-2102

Track list:
01 Isn't That So?
02 Dangerous Fun
03 Full Moon
04 North Star
05 Do It
06 Lullaby for the First Born
07 Midnight Blues
08 Glory to the Day
09 The Easy Way
10 Do La Lay
11 God's Own Jukebox
12 Silly Heart
13 All of Your Stories


Best regards,

by Anonymous

Barde "Barde" 1977


Barde "Images" 1978


This sextet from Montreal was formed in 1973 and found their brand of Acadian & Celtic reels and jigs popular around the Maritimes, Quebec and overseas in Europe. The group was known for its utilization of a twin Celtic fiddle sound courtesy of Crilly and Selick.

They signed to Polygram then to Direction Records, then to Flying Fish, and finally to Porte Parole. Their eponymous debut, Barde, was released in 1977. By their the second album, Images, in 1978 Chris Crilly had introduced keyboards in the form of synths and pianos. By 1983's Voyage Selick had also left and the remaining members changed musical direction by incorporating keyboards bass and violin courtesy of studio musicians Jacques Joubert, Richard Paquette, and Jocelyn Therrien.

Pierre Guerin led a revamped Barde at the 10th Annual Winnipeg Folk Festival. The band finally disbanded for good shortly thereafter with Guerin marrying and settling in the St. Boniface region of Winnipeg. He became a disc jockey before becoming Artistic Director of The Winnipeg Folk Festival.

with notes from Pierre Guerin, Chris MacRaghallaigh and Richard Chapman.

Richard Chapman (vocals, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, guitar)
Toby Cinnsealac (aka Kinsella) (tin flute, tin whistle, recorders, clarinet, tambourine)
Pierre Guerin (vocals, acoustic guitar, accordion, concertina, flute, recorder)
Chris (aka Crilly) MacRaghallaigh (vocals, violin, keyboards, bodhran, tambourine)
Elliot Selick (violin, tin flute, tin whistle, banjo)
Ed Moore (bodhran, tambourine, concertina, tin flute, tin whistle, glockenspiel)

You made my day...
So much thanks!!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Kris Rowley

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

by MJF #11

"Joan Baez in San Francisco"
FD-07 1964 (recorded 1958 Jun)

Although recorded in 1958, it was not released until 1964.
A restraining order was obtained to stop sale of the record as at that point it was felt that it did not properly represent Joan Baez as an artist.
Probably the best cut from this collection, Scarlet Ribbons, appears on the 1993 3-CD Box Set Rare, Live, and Classic.

Island In The Sun - 2:25 (Belafonte-Burgie)
Water Boy - 2:49 (Trad.)
Annie Had A Baby - 1:20 (Glover-Mann)
Oh Freedom - 4:15 (Trad.)
Man Smart, Woman Smarter - 3:10 (Trad. Associated with Harry
Scarlet Ribbons - 2:48 (Danzig-Segal Associated with Harry Belafonte)
Dark As A Dungeon - 2:20 (Travis)
Told My Captain - 2:49 (Trad.)
Young Blood - 2:00 (Lieber-Stoller-Pomus)
I Gave My Love A Cherry - 3:17 (Trad.)
La Bamba - 1:00 (Trad.)
Every Night - 2:07 (Trad)


The Corries "The Compact Collection"
Quality 192

01. Come O'er The Stream Charlie (2:53)
02. MacPherson's Rant (3:43)
03. Dumbarton's Drums (3:21)
04. The Portree Kid (6:47)
05. The Roses of Prince Charlie (2:59)
06. Shoals O' Herring (3:48)
07. The Lammas Tide (3:12)
08. Sunday Driver (3:19)
09. The Massacre of Glencoe (3:29)
10. Ettrick Lady (3:53)
11. The Sherramuir Fight (2:24)
12. Turn Ye Tae Me (4:10)
13. The Bricklayer's Song (4:19)
14. Dark Lochnagar (4:52)
15. Scotland Will Flourish (2:17)
16. King Farewell (4:06)
17. A Man's A Man (4:28)
18. Flower Of Scotland (4:18)

The Corries "The Very Best Of The Corries"
Quality 192

01. The Black Douglas (2:55)
02. Wha Wadna Fecht For Charlie (3:10)
03. The Isle Of Skye (3:20)
04. I Will Go (3:16)
05. Sound The Pibroch (4:56)
06. Derwentwater's Farewell (4:13)
07. Flood Garry (3:43)
08. Bonnie Dundee (3:09)
09. The Collier Laddie (3:35)
10. The Bluebells Of Scotland (4:46)
11. Peggy Gordon (5:27)
12. The Boys Of Bluehill And Derry Hornpipe (3:02)
13. Abigail (0:43)
14. Gartan Mother's Lullaby (4:27)
15. Maids When You're Young (4:35)
16. The Rose Of Allendale (3:22)
17. Kiss The Children For Me, Mary (The Exile Song) (3:51)
18. Westering Home (2:37)

THTM targeted by deleter

As you know, now THTM is constantly attacked by deleter.
I decide to stop using Rapidshare as main uploader, and switch it to:

Please help re-uploading if you find deleted files...

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Monday, April 21, 2008

by MJF #10

The Corries "The Comedy Collection"

01. The Folker (4:15)
02. Sunday Driver (4:53)
03. A Scottish Holiday (4:05)
04. The Portree Kid (6:53)
05. La Di Dum (6:24)
06. The Bantam Cock (4:48)
07. Lucille (5:41)
08. Big Nellie May (2:25)
09. The Bricklayer's Song (4:29)
10. The Tortoise (4:42)
11. Yur Losin' Them (3:58)
12. The Heiland House Hunter (3:23)
13. The Friday Game (7:07)
14. Kids On The Range (5:41)
15. The Birth Of The Corries Blues (7:58)

by Νομίζω #4

Lindisfarne "Nicely Out of Tune" 1970

Lindisfarne, is a Newcastle-born folk band that not only made a couple of amazing records but had many loyal fans and still has.
I listened two other albums of theirs in this very blog.

Some days ago I visited the record stores of my neighborhood but I found only their first album.
So, after their Nicely Out of Tune record played in the pickup of a record store, I start searching my pockets.

Vinyl ripping in 320Kbps.

Side A
1. Lady Eleanor
2. Road to Kingdom Come
3. Winter Song
4. Turn a Deaf Ear
5. Clear White Light, Pt. 2

Side B
1. We Can Swing Together
2. Alan in the River with Flowers
3. Down
4. The Things I Should Have Said
5. Jackhammer Blues
6. Scarecrow Song

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Tannahill Weavers

"Live & in Session" 2007
(recorded in 2005-2006)

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that.

Combining live recordings of favorites from their 2005 US tour and studio recordings of new material recorded in 2006, the Tannahill Weavers bring forth their first release on Nashville-based Compass Records, Live And In Session. Weaving together tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements, the Tannahill Weavers once again prove their ability to win fans from within and far beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes.

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town's historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. They are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage; from reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

The Doors

"Cleveland Public Auditorium" Aug. 3rd, 1968


Thursday, April 17, 2008

by Νομίζω #3

John Fahey and his Orchestra "Of Rivers and Religion" 1972

The first album for this unique folk-avant garde guitarist in a big label and with a band in his side recorded in 1972.
Fahey's (1939-2001) primitive blues steel-string guitar welcome us to follow unexplored ear-lands, but this time kind of easier for our trained in radio-friendly-sounds minds to follow.

A Side
1. Steamboat Gwine 'Round de Bend
2. Medley, Deep River-Ol' Man River
3. Dixie Pig Bar-B-Q Blues
4. Texas and Pacific Blues

B Side
1. Funeral Song for Mississippi John Hurt
2. Medley, By the Side of the Road-I Come, I Come
3. Lord Have Mercy
4. Song

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

by Νομίζω #2

John Cunningham
"Thoughts from Another World" 1981

Here's one solo album written in 1981 from Silly Wizard's founding member, John Cunningham (1957-2003) and released in limited copies from Shanachie records in 1981.
An album full of nostalgia and history. With enchanted tunes, celtic themes and dances of green joy.

Ripped by vinyl and encoded in 320Kbps for your ears.

'The music and song of the Celtic world has always been a part of my life. The first side of the album reflects the way I think of this world when I am thousands of miles away. The second side relates to my experience in the "New World", starting with the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland moving on to "The Crossing" of many thousands of Celts to America and finishing "Further Along the Line" with a tune written to show how these people influenced American music.'
John Cunningham

A Side
1. Thoughts From Another World - Part One
2. Linden Rise
3. P.M. Cunningham's Odd Dance: There's Naebody Tae Blame But Ma Sel'
4. Taladh An Leinibh Losa (Christ Child Lullaby)
5. Thoughts From Another World - Part Two

B Side
1. Limerick Lasses and the Mountain Road
2. Trip O'er the Mountain
3. Brisk Bob
4. The Crossing
5. Further Along the Line

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Monday, April 14, 2008

The Dubliners

"Prodigal Sons" 1983

Produced by Bill Whelan
Vocals by Ronnie Drew, Sean Cannon, Barney McKenna & John Sheahan
Cello Nigel Warren-green
Keyboards Bill Whelan
Banjo & Mandolin Barney McKenna
Fiddle & Tin Whistle John Sheahan
Guitar Ronnie Drew, Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell, Des Moore
Engineer Philip Begley
Photographer Fergus Bourke
Sleeve Design by Dara O Lochlainn & Partners

Sleeve notes:
We all know the Dubliners, Ireland's most famous ballad group. This, however, is a completely' new and most welcome departure from their normal repertoire which has had a devastating effect on myself and the staff of Pat Carrs Trinity Inn at Pearse Street where John Sheahan played the tape at 11 o'clock on a miserable wet morning…Result: The Sun shone and I sang for the rest of the day!

“Building Up and Tearing England Down” is sung by the unmistakable Ronnie. Written by Dominic Behan, the boys I'm told were recording it as planned when suddenly Barney burst into a hornpipe! It works in perfectly…

“My Darling Asleep” starts with Barney on banjo, joined by John on “Paddy in London” and then the whole mob take off on “tAthair Jack Walsh”. “An tAthair” actually means “the Priest“ in Irish and the English title turned out as “Tatter Jack Welsh”!

Sean Cannon from Connemara, a relative newcomer to the group sings a fine version of “The Newry Highwayman”, with his Galway accent (even after years in England) one suspects he's something of a “Sporting Blade” himself!

Pete St. John one of our more prolific song writers contributed “When was Eleven”" a slightly wistful tune with a fine intro and double tracked fill ins on tin whistle by John. The image of the return of father with medals, ribbons and mad eyes is very stirring as is the line “War for Breakfast and Soldiers Songs for Tea”

Now the Title Song. I've got the inside story on this one. In John's own words “I was trickin' around on the fiddle when it happened”. It started apparently with a rather classical Bach type improvisation and then “Bits of jigs and hornpipes crept in and finally he found himself back where he began. Being a devout Biblical type he was reminded of the Prodigal Son…how he began, frolicked around the world (the hornpipe bit) and then decided to straighten himself out. How about that?

To my mind “Waterford Boys” is a howl. Listen carefully to the lyrics—“I tucked in me toes and popped out de light” etc…Sean will have you in stitches!

Eric Bogel [sic] wrote the reminiscences of an auld man (Ronnie) in ”Now I'm Easy” which puts one in a thoughtful mood to be shattered by the cackle and cluck of the violin…“The Hens March to the Midden” which is from the Shetland Islands via Dave Swarbrick of Fairport Convention. “Midden”, incidentally, is Scots for dung heap!

There was an encore from all assembled for “Song for Ireland”. This beautiful air was written for us all by Englishman Phil Colclough after his holiday here. Look out for these lines…“Laughing all the day with true friends who try to make you stay” and more wistfully a word to all of us on this benighted island of ours “Dreaming in the night I saw a land where no man had to fight—and waking in the dawn I saw you crying in the morning light”, food for thought there…

Another very cojent contribution from Ronnie now on “Second World Song”. To us Dubliners this is very real. How many of us (and think of the visitors) see shoeless children on O'Connell bridge and old men huddled in doorways and wonder why we are being exhorted by the ”do gooders” in the press, radio and TV ads to send our money across to the Third World? How about “Now's the time to face it, we fight for far off places - Yet we fail to wage a war on want at home!”
As you can see and hear the Dubliners have many a message for us. They have the power to disturb us, make us laugh, cry and dance all to their beautiful tuneful music. They've now been twenty one years with us a chairde - raise your glasses and drink to the next 21!

by Νομίζω

Alasdair Clayre "Adam & The Beasts" 1978

I recently added on my shelf the Alasdair Clayre's Adam & The Beasts album.
Great folk album, that saw print by the Folkways Records in 1976.
Ripped by vinyl, encoded in 320Kbps, cover and more.
For you.

Reups by Oisín

Here are some more repairs for broken links:

Planxty "The Woman I Loved So Well"
Planxty "Live 1975"
Planxty "Ballisodare Festival Ireland"
Planxty "Villa Litta, Milan, Italy"
Tiger Moth "Howling Moth"

Greetings, Oisín

Thanks again!!

Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Doors

"Seattle Center Coliseum" June 5th, 1970
(2nd gen source @256kbps)

01. Back Door Man
02. Hitler Poem
03. Roadhouse Blues
04. When the Music's Over
05. Tempest Fuckit
06. Mystery Train
07. Break On Through
08. Someday Soon
09. Five To One
10. Petition The Lord
11. Light My Fire

DL 1
DL 2

by Paul #14

Catherine McKinnon "Voice of an Angel"
2 CD re-issue @192Kbs

Catherine McKinnon is a Canadian actress/singer, born 1944, who, in 1964 and 1965 released 2 LPs titled "Voice of an Angel" Volumes 1 and 2 respectively. As you will see from the song list, it was mainly a collection of folk songs which she sings beautifully. She released a few albums after these but they were mainly in the popular genre but with some folk songs here and there.
I should say that these are not my rips and we owe a debt of gratitude to one "sudsy" for ripping these CDs. Thanks Sudsy whoever and wherever you are. Incidentally, do not confuse this lade with the Catharine MacKinnon of the USA.

Song List:
Volume 1
1. Spinning Wheel
2. Ten Thousand Miles
3. Parlez-Moi D'amour
4. Old Turf Fire
5. Today
6. Fair and Tender Ladies
7. Those who are wise
8. I'll give my Love an Apple
9. What have they done to the Rain
10.Cape Breton Lullaby
11. Coulter's Candy
12. He's Young Daily Growing
13. Dominique

Volume 2
Ballad of Lost Jimmy Whelan
2. Dan O'Hara
3. The First Time Ever I saw Your Face
4. Au Claire de la Lune
5. Dink's Song
6. As many as these
7. Tarrytown
8. Go from my Window
9. Un Canadien Errant
10. Many a Mile
11. Eriskay Love Lilt
12. Manha de Carnaval

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Wizz Jones

Sound Techniques; Guitar Maestros Series 1


by Jhonny #10

The Happiest Band That Ever Played
"In the Balancing of Night and Day" (1970 Dutch folk)

rare vinyl rip - limited edition of 300 copies



Ron Sexsmith

Mainz, Germany [2003-09-28]

01. Former Glory
02. These Days
03. Honest Mistake
04. You Were There
05. Just My Heart Talkin'
06. There's A Rhythm
07. Right About Now
08. Disappearing Act
09. Gold In Them Hills
10. Cheap Hotel
11. Seem To Recall
12. I Guess Things Happen That Way (Jack Clement)
13. Pretty Little Cemetary
14. Average Joe

DL 1
DL 2

The Halliard

01. Calico Printer's Clerk
02. Unquiet Grave
03. Ladies Don't Go A-Thievin'
04. Midsummer Fair
05. To The Weavers Gin Ye
06. Long Lankin
07. Going For A Soldier Jenny
08. Workhouse Boy
09. Row Bullies Row
10. Lancashire Lads
11. A Thousand Miles Away
12. Love And Murder
13. Last Farewell
14. Jolly Joe
15. Rambling Sailor
16. Chartists' Anthem

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Judy Dyble

"Enchanted Garden" 2004

After an absence of about three decades from the recording scene, Judy Dyble -- who sang folk-rock with the original Fairport Convention, the embryonic King Crimson, and Trader Horne in the late '60s and early '70s -- resurfaced with the 2004 solo album Enchanted Garden. It's not quite what those who know her name would expect, even though in some respects it's very consistent with the gentle British folk-rock with which she made her name. Her stately vocals remain intact, and the material -- which she co-wrote with several of the musicians who accompany her on the album -- is melodically haunting, folky, and lyrically colored by images of dignified nostalgia and contemplation of nature. It's the production that will take some folk-rock fans by surprise, as it's quite immersed in electronic effects and programming, adding synthetic echoes to her vocals and phasing swirls, throbbing beats, and various cascading blipping into the arrangements. Actually, most of the accompaniment is played on conventional electric and acoustic instruments, with another figure who first emerged in the late-'60s British rock scene, Simon House (once of High Tide, Hawkwind, and Third Ear Band), contributing violin and some songwriting assistance. But Marc Swordfish's percussion, keyboards, and programming are the most prominent features, other than Dyble's singing. It results in something like a hybrid of British folk and new age-tinged trance music, and while that's guaranteed not to please some folk-rock fans, it actually comes off fairly well. Unlike many such efforts by veterans to get in tune with contemporary trends, Dyble and her associates sound at ease with the territory, making it more interesting than many such projects. ~ Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

Reups by Oisín

Hi Lizardson,
Here are some re-ups for broken links I found:

Alistair Anderson - "Dookin'For Apples"
Alistair Anderson - "Steel Skies"
Ashley Hutchings - "By Gloucester Docks I Sat Down and Wept - A Love Story"
Gallery - "The Wind That Shakes the Barley"
Tiger Moth - "Tiger Moth"

Greetings, Oisín

Thank you!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

by Anonymous

"Blaze Foley" 1984

Blaze Foley was an obscure and virtually unheard of singer-songwriter from Austin ,TX who like so many others managed to fall between the cracks of the big business music machine. However Blaze was always devoted to his craft and lived the life of a vagrant often living at various friends houses writing songs. His professional career seemed to be plagued by faulty labels , lost or destroyed master tapes, limited pressings, even so far as to have the F.B.I seize the master tapes to his first album, which Blaze's mentions in this live record. Even though the general public didn't really know Blaze some very talented singer-songwriters of that day did, like Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. It's no wonder Townes and Blaze were friends because Blaze often reminds me of a more country version of Townes. They shared a lot in common musically and in the way they lived, they both lead the lives of outlaw vagrants surrounded by larger than life tales, and both had an underground cult status although Townes being allot more well known. Townes and Blaze used to play shows at The Outhouse in Austin,Texas together and were very good friends. Blaze and Townes were such good friends, that Blaze left him his guitar which was in pawn at the time when he died, and Townes actually had to have Blaze's body exhumed to retrieve the pawn ticket buried with Blaze in his only good suite to get the guitar. After Blaze's death in 1989 Townes Van Zandt wrote "Blaze's Blue" on Blaze's guitar a song for his unfortunate friend. The record is essentially a live set, recorded by John Casner in December 1988 @ The Outhouse in Austin,TX, 2 months before Blaze Foley was shot and killed. Recorded at the Outhouse in Austin, Texas this record capture the man in his own home town 2 months before the tragedy and contains a broad spectrum of his material. Blaze Foley could be a genuine sweet heart, drunk, political, and extremely funny all of which is covered in this set. Blaze had a knack for simplifying things to what he sometimes refereed to as "Hill Billy" versions of real life emotions and issues. This was all part of Blaze's charm he was real, honest, and uninhibited when it came to his music. To learn more about Blaze Foley visit they are even releasing a documentary on his life in the near future.


Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Andy M. Stewart

"Man in the Moon" 1993

The Echo Mocks The Corncrake
(Trad./Arr. Stewart/O'Beirne)
The corncrake is a bird whose mechanical-sounding call was once a common sound throughout rural Scotland, but is now found only in parts of the Western Isles. Andy M. first heard this song at family ceilidhs when he was a child and loved its spirit. It extols the virtue and worth of a simple life close to nature and the land.

Island of Sorrows
(Words: Thomas Moore (1780-1852); Music Gerry O'Beirne/Andy M. Stewart)
This song refers to Sarah Curran who was engaged to the Irish patriot Robert Emmet. Emmet was captured and hanged in Dublin for his part in the failed insurrection against the English in 1803. Sarah Curran later became the wife of an officer who took her to Sicily hoping that travel would restore her spirits. Alas, her grief for the martyred Emmet was so great she died of broken heart.

The Gaberlunzieman
(Words: King James V (1512-1542); Music: Trad./Arr. with additional lyrics by Andy M. Stewart)
This delightful old song is said to have been penned by the "Merry Monarch", King James V, father of Marry Queen of the Scots. It is said that he would disguise himself as a poor man and go out amongst the common people. He was reputed to be a skillful musician and prolific poet although the Gaberlunzieman may be all that survived of his writings. A gaberlunzieman, or traveling mechanic, would mend and make articles of everyday necessity for the people he encountered as he traveled the country.

The Man in the Moon
(Words: Bill Dickson; Music: Kathy Stewart)
This song, a recent composition, is extremely moving in the way that it interconnects the human spirit, the land, and the seasons.

Kathy-Anne's Waltz
(Andy M. Stewart)
This tune is for Kathy Stewart.

Listen to the People
(Andy M. Stewart)
Have you ever wondered if politicians carry out the will of the people or carry out their own agenda despite it?

Sweet King Williams Town
(Trad./Arr. Andy M. Stewart/Gerry O'Beirne)
Andy learned this song from the singing of Cára Dillon, a great young singer from Northern Ireland. It is an emigration ballad which, in common with the genre, is at once poignant, sad and beautiful. King Williams Town is now known as Ballydesmond in County Cork, Ireland.

The Errant Apprentice (ABC notation)
(Words: Bill Watkins; Music: Andy M. Stewart/Gerry O'Beirne)
This bizarre tale was written by Andy M. Stewart's old pal and sparring partner, Bill Watkins.

MacGregor's Gathering
(Words: Sir Walter Scott; Music: Andy M. Stewart; Arr. Stewart/O'Beirne)
Much has been written on the trials, tribulations, heroes and history of this ancient clan. This song deals with the family's darkest hour during their "proscription" by the government. Proscription meant that it was a capital crime merely to admit to having the surname MacGregor. In addition, lands held by the clan for many generations were forfeited to the government. This song is dedicated to Andy M. Stewart's mother.

The Lakes of Pontchartrain
(Trad./Arr. Stewart/O'Beirne)
Lake Pontchartrain is in Lousiana, USA, just to the north of New Orleans. This song, which I believe dates from the time of the American Civil War, has long been a favorite of Andy M. Stewart.

The Land O' The Leal
(Words: Lady Nairne; Music: Trad./Arr. Stewart/Cunningham)
For many years this song was mistakenly thought to be the work of Robert Burns intil it finally emerged that it was written by Lady Nairne. Lady Nairne was descended from an old Jacobite family from Perthshire and had written many fine songs in favour of the exiled Stuarts. She was extremely modest and preferred to publish her songs anonymously. The "Land O' the Leal" in the context of this song, means Heaven.

by Anonymous

Willie Nelson & Dave Grusin
"The Electric Horseman" (OST, 1979)

1. Midnight Rider
2. My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys
3. Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to Be Cowboys
4. So You Think You're a Cowboy
5. Hands on the Wheel
6. Electro-Phantasma
7. Rising Star (Love Theme)
8. Electric Horseman
9. Interlude-Tumbleweed Morning
10. Disco Magic
11. Freedom Epilogue

DL (w full artworks)

To English folk lovers...

I know many of here is English folk lovers, but I have not much time to keep digging.
Please help us if you have something that fits on THTM.

Thanks always


Monday, April 07, 2008

by Anonymous

"The Strawberry Statement" (OST, 1970)

Circle Game - Buffy Ste. Marie
Our House - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Market Basket (Theme from the Strawberry Statement) - Ian Freebairn-Smith
Down by the River - Neil Young
Long Time Gone - David Crosby
Cyclatron - Ian Freebairn-Smith
Something in the Air - Thunderclap Newman
Also Sprach Zarathustra (Thus Spake Zarathustra - Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
The Loner - Neil Young
Coit Tower (Theme from the Strawberry Statement) - Ian Freebairn-Smith
Fishin' Blues
Concerto in D Minor - Ian Freebairn-Smith
Helpless - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Pocket Band (Theme from the Strawberry Statment) - Ian Freebairn-Smith
Give Peace a Chance - John Lennon

Sunday, April 06, 2008


"Jeffersonville" 1997

Guppyboy formed as an airy and generally gentle indie pop group with a hint of psychedelic Elephant 6 influences in Burlington, VT, in 1992. Consisting mostly of guitarist/singer Christopher Ziter, organist/vocalist Sasha Bell, guitarist/bassist/singer Zach Ward, guitarist Jeff Baron, and guitarist Michael Barrett, the band endured various lineup changes during its brief tenure. The band's one and only full-length release was 1997's Jeffersonville on Sudden Shame Records. Two vinyl singles were also released, including the band's debut, Shee, in 1994, and 1997's three-song York single. An astounding 22 cassette tapes of material were also released by the band. The band moved to Chicago for a year and a half in the midst of its tenure, before returning to Vermont. The band also appeared on four compilations on various independent labels. When the band disbanded in the late '90s, the members moved to New York City and some regrouped as the Essex Green, while also playing as members of Ladybug Transistor and the Sixth Great Lake. ~ Stephen Cramer, All Music Guide


Don't hesitate to D/L this one.
Really nice album...
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