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The Border Minstrel

Billy Pigg: The Border Minstrel (Leader LEA 4006)

The Border Minstrel
Billy Pigg (1902-1968)

Leader Records LEA 4006 (LP, mono, UK, 1971)

Recorded by Forster Charlton during informal sessions and public performances in the 1950s;
Tracks 2, 9 recorded at an Alnwick gathering;
Track 6 recorded at City Hall, Newcastle;
Compiled by Bill Leader;
Cover picture by Bill Leader;
Album design by Janet Kerr


Billy Pigg: Northumbrian small pipes;
Forster Charlton: fiddle [2];
John Doonan: piccolo [2]


Side 1

  1. The High Level Hornpipe /
    Biddleston Hornpipe /
    Carrick Hornpipe /
    I’ll Get Wedded in My Auld Claes
  2. Gentle Maiden /
    The Lark in the Clear Air /
    Father O’Flynn
  3. Skye Crofters /
    Dr McLeod of Alnwick /
    The Swallow’s Tail Reel /
    Mallorca (H.R.H. Duke of Windsor)
  4. Madame Bonaparte /
    The Last of the Twins
  5. King of the Pipers

Side 2

  1. Crookit Bawbee /
    Bill Charltons Fancy
  2. The Exhibition Hornpipe /
    Billy Pigg’s Hornpipe /
    The Random Jig
  3. The Wild Hills o’ Wannie /
    J.R. Pigg /
  4. Happy Hours
  5. Variations on There’s Nae Guid Luck About the House /
    Holey Ha’penny

All tracks trad.except
Tracks 1bc, 3b, 6b, 7b, 8b Billy Pigg;
Tracks 1a, 7ac James Hill;
Track 8c James Scott Skinner;
Track 9 Emile Vacher

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Other records with Billy Pigg

Wild Hills o’ Wannie (Topic 12TS227) Various Artists, Wild Hills o’ Wannie: Small Pipes of Northumbria, LP, Topic 12TS227, 1974

The High Level Ranters: Border Spirit (Topic 12TS434) High Level Ranters, Border Spirit, LP, Topic 12TS434, 1983
(Not with Billy Pigg, but most of the tracks are written by him)

Hidden English (Topic TSCD600) Various Artists, Hidden English: A Celebration of English Traditional Music, CD, Topic TSCD600, 1996

The Northumbrian Small Pipes (Topic TSCD487) Various Artists, The Northumbrian Small Pipes, CD, Topic TSCD487, 1996

The Rough Guide to English Roots Music (World Music RGNET 1018 CD) Various Artists, The Rough Guide to English Roots Music, CD, World Music RGNET 1018 CD, 1998

Northumberland Rant (Smithsonian Folkways SFW 40473) Various Artists, Northumberland Rant, CD, Smithsonian Folkways SFW 40473, 2000

Three Score and Ten (Topic TOPIC70) Various Artists, Three Score and Ten: 70 Years of Topic Records, 7 CD, Topic TOPIC70, 2009