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Bill Smith: A Country Life

Bill Smith: A Country Life (Musical Traditions MTCD351)

A Country Life
Songs and Stories of a Shropshire Man
Bill Smith (1909-1987)

Musical Traditions Records MTCD351 (CD, UK, 2011)

Recorded by Bill Smith's son Andrew Smith in 1979-1982

Musical Traditions booklet notes by Rod Stradling

Musicians

Bill Smith, vocals, jew's harp

Tracks

  1. Over the Garden Wall (Roud 19232) (0.45)
  2. Tommy Suet's Ball (Roud 2139) (2.03)
  3. The Cat's Got the Weasel jew's harp (0.18)
  4. The Outlandish Knight (Roud 21; Child 4; G/D 2:225; Henry H163) (3.10)
  5. Henry My Son (Roud 10; Child 12; G/D 2:209; Henry H814) (1.45)
  6. Creeping Jane (Roud 1012; Laws Q23) (0.50)
  7. All of a Sudden He Stopped (Roud 23314) (1.59)
  8. I Reckon I Missed My Chance! story (2.02)
  9. I'm Billy Muggins (Roud 23307) (3.23)
  10. The Cuckoo (Roud 413; G/D 6:1157; Henry H479) (0.58)
  11. Ram She Ad-a-Dee (Roud 1212) (1.45)
  12. Ram She Ad-a-Dee (Roud 1212) (1958 recording) (1.43)
  13. The Children's Home (Roud 23315) (0.00)
  14. Seventeen Come Sunday (Roud 277; Laws O17; G/D 4:791; Henry H152) (1.37)
  15. Seventeen Come Sunday (Roud 277; Laws O17; G/D 4:791; Henry H152) (1958 recording) (1.17)
  16. All Been Havin' a Go (Roud 23316) (0.53)
  17. Young Sailor Cut Down in His Prime (Roud 2; Laws Q26; G/D 7:1404; Henry H680) (2.14)
  18. The Banks of Sweet Dundee (Roud 148; Laws M25; G/D 2:224) (1.31)
  19. The Camera Boy (Roud 23313) (2.28)
  20. An Old German Clockmaker (Roud 241) (1.11)
  21. The Bramble Briar / The Blackberry Grove (Roud 9176) (1.20)
  22. PC 49 (Roud 23312) (1.01)
  23. The Cinderella (It Won't Last Very Long) (Roud 10710) (0.46)
  24. A Group of Young Soldiers (Roud 1783) (1.36)
  25. The Willow Tree (Roud 18831) (0.42)
  26. Jack Bostock's Whisky story (2.13)
  27. The Irish Girl (Roud 308; G/D 5:946; Henry H711) (0.53)
  28. A Drunken Family (Roud 10531) (0.25)
  29. It's A Pretty Melody (Roud 23317) (0.46)
  30. Coming from a Music Hall (Roud 23311) (1.02)
  31. Barbara Allen (Roud 54; Child 84; G/D 6:1193; Henry H236) (1.03)
  32. Christmas Day in the Workhouse recitation (0.46)
  33. Come Lasses and Lads (Roud 22885) (0.47)
  34. Don't Send My Boy to Prison (Roud 22885) (0.56)
  35. Down the Road (Roud 15128) (0.57)
  36. Flanagan (Roud 23310) (0.56)
  37. If There Wasn't Any Women in the World (Roud 11534) (0.21)
  38. Oh It's a Lie (Roud 23318) (1.22)
  39. My Name is John Giles (Roud 1744) (1.03)
  40. All Jolly Good Fellows (Roud 346; G/D 3:418) (1.13)
  41. Little Fish (Roud 13319) (0.15)
  42. McCaffery (Roud 1148) (0.56)
  43. Prisoners in the War story (3.40)
  44. Old Mrs Biggar (Roud 19111) (0.49)
  45. Ours Is a Nice House (Roud 23308) (0.36)
  46. Pistol - Dreadful Old Joke (0.57)
  47. Ring Ting-a-Ling (Roud 23309) (1.11)
  48. I'm Sixty Three (Roud 23322) (0.19)
  49. Some Folks Just Sing Like a Lark (Roud 23326) (0.14)
  50. Ten Little Fingers (Roud 23304) (0.36)
  51. The Little Shirt My Mother Made for Me (Roud 10437) (0.35)
  52. The Agricultural Show (Roud 21219) (0.18)
  53. The Circus Tent (Roud 23327) (0.17)
  54. The Cobbler (Roud 23323) (0.20)
  55. The Mountain and the Squirrel fable (0.43)
  56. The Nightingale (Roud 371) (0.54)
  57. In These Hard Times (Roud 23324) (0.26)
  58. Three Men Went A-Hunting (Roud 283; G/D 2:283) (0.41)
  59. The Village Pump (Roud 21820) (1.05)
  60. The Two Magicians (Roud 1350; Child 44; G/D 2:334) (1.16)
  61. Wheel the P'rambulator, John (Roud 1496) (1.10)
  62. Your Sweetheart Grace (Roud 23325) (0.35)
  63. Will the Angels Play their Harps for Me? (Roud 23305) (1.15)
  64. Khaki Trousers (Roud 21943) (1.23)
  65. Wheezy Anna (Roud 23306) (1.10)