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Eddie Butcher, Joe Holmes & Len Graham

Eddie Butcher (1900-1980) was born in Masgilligan, Co Derry, and farmed there with his wife Gracie and their family. His early life revolved around the Hiring Fairs, potato lifting, and nights of songs and music at home and in local Ceilidh houses. His 1960s radio broadcasts brought some renown, and influenced both younger singers like Paul Brady and Andy Irvine, and local tradition bearers like Joe Holmes (1906-1978) and Len Graham (b. 1944), with whom Eddie sang and performed. They joined him at the 1975 sessions at Eddie's home that gave rise to the two Free Reed LPs of fine and rare Ulster song and music presented here.

> Folk Music > Records > Eddie Butcher: Shamrock Rose & Thistle

Eddie Butcher: Shamrock Rose & Thistle

Eddie Butcher: Shamrock Rose & Thistle (Leader LED 2070)

Shamrock Rose & Thistle
Eddie Butcher (1900-1980)

Leader Records LED 2070 (LP, UK, 1976)

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Recorded on location and at Avondale Studios, Dublin;
Produced by Dave Bland;
Notes and transcriptions by Hugh Shields;
Sleeve design by Janet Kerr

Musicians

Eddie Butcher, vocals

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Mountain Streams Where the Moorcocks Crow (Roud 2124; Henry H32)
  2. The Daysman (Roud 2942)
  3. Man, Woman and Mouse
  4. David's Flowery Vale (Roud 2943; Henry H212)
  5. Tossing the Hay (Roud 2940; G/D 5:957; Henry H635)
  6. Conversation
  7. Creel of Peats
  8. Killyclare (Roud 2739; Henry H833)
  1. The Fan (Roud 396; Laws O25; G/D 5:1056; Henry H474)
  2. Don't Come Again (Roud 412; Laws P10)
  3. The Farmer's Daughter (Roud 2293)
  4. Youghal Harbour (Roud 2734; Henry H503)
  5. The Ship's Carpenters Wife (Roud 2898; Henry H226)
  6. Another Man's Wedding (Roud 567; Laws P31; G/D 6:1199; Henry H60ab)

All tracks trad.

> Folk Music > Records > Eddie Butcher: I Once Was a Daysman

Eddie Butcher: I Once Was a Daysman

Eddie Butcher: I Once Was a Daysman (Free Reed FRR 003)

I Once Was a Daysman
Eddie Butcher (1900-1980)

Free Reed Records FRR 003 (LP, UK, 1976)

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Recorded by Neil Wayne and Lyn Murfin in 1975 in the north of Ireland;
Edited at Livingston Studios;
Sleeve design by Sue Dransfield

Musicians

Eddie Butcher, vocals

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Heather Down the Moor (Roud 375; G/D 5:962; Henry H177) (3.11)
  2. The Lion's Den (Roud 396; Laws O25; G/D 5:1056; Henry H474) (5.08)
  3. To My Son in Amerikay (Roud 2970) (4.15)
  4. Shores of Benone (Roud 2965; Henry H52a) (5.51)
  5. The Week's Work (0.38)
  6. Let Them Come to Ireland (Roud 2969) (3.10)
  1. The Hiring Fair (Roud 2942) (2.52)
  2. Flora (Roud 948; Henry H30a) (4.35)
  3. Wee Window (Roud 989; Laws O18; G/D 7:1512) (4.57)
  4. Thousands Are Sailing (Roud 2904) (4.00)
  5. Coleraine Regatta (Roud 2968; Henry H36) (6.21)

All tracks trad.

> Folk Music > Records > Joe Holmes & Len Graham: Chaste Muses, Bards and Sages

Joe Holmes & Len Graham: Chaste Muses, Bards and Sages

Joe Holmes & Len Graham: Chaste Muses, Bards and Sages (Free Reed FRR 007)

Chaste Muses, Bards and Sages
Traditional Songs, Ballads, Lilts and Fiddle Tunes from the North of Ireland
Joe Holmes & Len Graham

Free Reed Records FRR 007 (LP, UK, 1976)

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Recorded by Neil Wayne and Lyn Murfin in 1975 in the north of Ireland

Musicians

Joe Holmes, vocals [1-3, 5, 7, 9, 12], fiddle [4, 6, 10, 13];
Len Graham, vocals [1-2, 5, 7-8, 11-12, 14], spoons [4]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. True Lover John song (Roud 179; Child 248; Henry H699) (4.01)
  2. Merrily Kiss the Quaker lilt (2.11)
  3. Tumbling Through the Hay song (Roud 153; Henry H697) (2.42)
  4. Leitrim Hornpipe hornpipe (1.36)
  5. Bonny Brown Jane (Roud 7000; Henry H613) song (3.40)
  6. Rogue, Dare You Meddle Me reel (1.52)
  7. Wellington's Medal lilt (1.52)
  8. When I Was a Bachelor (Roud 1572; G/D 7:1291) song (2.26)
  1. Dark-Eyed Gypsy song (Roud 1; Child 200; G/D 2:278; Henry H124) (5.06)
  2. The Hen's Schottische schottische (1.19)
  3. William Smith at Famed Waterloo song (5.41)
  4. Molly Brannigan song / lilt (Roud 13375) (1.19)
  5. The Peacock's Feather air / reel (3.23)
  6. Flower of Gortade song (Roud 2740; Henry H178) (5.06)

All tracks trad.

> Folk Music > Records > Len Graham: Wind and Water

Len Graham: Wind and Water

Len Graham: Wind and Water (Topic 12TS334)

Wind and Water
Traditional Songs, Ballads and Lilts
Len Graham

Topic Records 12TS334 (LP, UK, 1977)
Ossian OSS 82 (cass., USA, 1993)

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Recorded and produced by Robin Morton, December 1976;
Mastered at Castlesound Studios, Edinburgh;
Photography by Robin Morton;
Sleeve notes by Len Graham;
Sleeve design by Tony Engle

Musicians

Joe Holmes, vocals, fiddle

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. My Parents Reared Me Tenderly (Roud 8003; Henry H466) (2.46)
  2. Maggie Picken (Roud 8945) (1.45)
  3. Seán Ó Duibhir a' Ghleanna (4.24)
  4. The County Mayo (Roud 16681) (3.23)
  5. The Star of Moville (Roud 7986; Henry H22a) (3.39)
  6. The Green Fields of Amerikay (Roud 15034; Henry H743) (4.51)
  1. Western Winds (Roud 6936) (2.58)
  2. Páidín Ó Raibheartaigh (2.00)
  3. My Willy-O (Roud 22567) (2.52)
  4. Daniel O'Connell and His Steam Engine (2.15)
  5. The Rights of Man (Roud 3578) (3.50)
  6. One Morning in May (Roud 140; Laws P14) (2.56)
  7. The Knight Templar's Dream (Roud 21138) (3.54)

All tracks trad. arr. Len Graham

> Folk Music > Records > Joe Holmes & Len Graham: After Dawning

Joe Holmes & Len Graham: After Dawning

Joe Holmes & Len Graham: After Dawning (Topic 12TS401)

After Dawning
Traditional Songs, Ballads and Lilts from the North of Ireland
Joe Holmes & Len Graham

Topic Records 12TS401 (LP, UK, 1979)
Ossian OSS 78 (cass., USA, 1993)

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Recorded and produced by Robin Morton in December 1977;
Mastered at Castlesound Studios, Edinburgh;
Photograph by Joe Dowdall, Drogheda;
Sleeve notes by Len Graham;
Sleeve design by Tony Engle

Musicians

Joe Holmes, vocals [1, 3-4, 6-9, 11-13], fiddle;
Len Graham, vocals [1-3, 4-7, 9-11, 13], spoons

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Here I Am Amongst You / My Love Nell (Roud 5278) (2.28)
  2. Loughinsholin (Roud 189; Laws Q33; G/D 2:228; Henry H176) (3.13)
  3. Willie Clarke's / Green Grow the Rushes-O (1.58)
  4. The Maid of Mourne Shore (Roud 5282; Henry H564) (3.31)
  5. Lovely Glenshesk (Roud 5281; Henry H28a) (3.30)
  6. The Sweet Bann Water (Roud 22568; G/D 4:783) (5.43)
  1. The Girl That Broke My Heart (2.43)
  2. Grá Mo Chroí (Roud 2329; Henry H582) (2.38)
  3. Come Tender Hearted Christians (Roud 5279) (4.11)
  4. The Hare's Lament (Roud 3574; Henry H172) (2.37)
  5. Johnnie and Molly (Roud 527; Laws K14; Henry H755) (3.02)
  6. Dick the Dasher (Roud 5280) (3.12)
  7. The Parting Glass (Roud 3004; G/D 8:1531; Henry H769) (3.05)

All tracks trad. arr Len Graham

> Folk Music > Records > I Once Was a Daysman and Chaste Muses, Bards & Sages

I Once Was a Daysman and Chaste Muses, Bards & Sages

Eddie Butcher, Joe Holmes & Len Graham: I Once Was a Daysman and Chaste Muses, Bards & Sages (Free Reed FRRR 08)

I Once Was a Daysman and Chaste Muses, Bards & Sages
Ballads and Songs from the North of Ireland
Eddie Butcher, Joe Holmes & Len Graham

Free Reed Records FRRR 08 (CD, UK, 2008)

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Recorded by Neil Wayne and Lyn Murfin in 1975 in the north of Ireland

Musicians

Eddie Butcher, vocals [1-12];
Joe Holmes, vocals [13-17, 19-20];
Len Graham, vocals [13-14, 16-18, 20-21]

Tracks

Eddie Butcher: I Once Was a Daysman Joe Holmes & Len Graham: Chaste Muses, Bards and Sages (excerpt)
  1. Heather Down the Moor (Roud 375; G/D 5:962; Henry H177) (3.13)
  2. The Lion's Den (Roud 396; Laws O25; G/D 5:1056; Henry H474) (5.10)
  3. To My Son in Amerikay (Roud 2970) (4.17)
  4. Shores of Benone (Roud 2965; Henry H52a) (5.57)
  5. The Week's Work (0.39)
  6. Let Them Come to Ireland (Roud 2969) (3.11)
  7. The Hiring Fair (Roud 2942) (2.54)
  8. Flora (Roud 948; Henry H30a) (4.36)
  9. Wee Window (Roud 989; Laws O18; G/D 7:1512) (4.49)
  10. Thousands Are Sailing (Roud 2904) (4.00)
  11. Coleraine Regatta (Roud 2968; Henry H36) (6.25)

Benus Track

  1. The Mountain Streams Where the Moorcocks Crow (Roud 2124; Henry H32) (3.15)
  1. True Lover John song (Roud 179; Child 248; Henry H699) (4.06)
  2. Merrily Kiss the Quaker lilt (2.14)
  3. Tumbling Through the Hay song (Roud 153; Henry H697) (2.44)
  4. Bonny Brown Jane song (Roud 7000; Henry H613) (3.43)
  5. Wellington's Medal lilt (1.54)
  6. When I Was a Bachelor song (Roud 1572; G/D 7:1291) (2.28)
  7. Dark-Eyed Gypsy song (Roud 1; Child 200; G/D 2:278; Henry H124) (5.10)
  8. Molly Brannigan song / lilt (Roud 13375) (1.22)
  9. Flower of Gortade song (Roud 2740; Henry H178) (5.10)

All tracks trad.

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Other records with Eddie Butcher

Various, Folk Ballads from Donegal and Derry, LP, Leader LEA 4055, 1975

Various Artists, Come Let Us Buy the Licence (The Voice of the People Vol. 1), CD, Topic TSCD651, 1998

Various Artists, Farewell, My Own Dear Native Land (The Voice of the People Vol. 4), CD, Topic TSCD654, 1998

Various Artists, Come All My Lads That Follow the Plough (The Voice of the People Vol. 5), CD, Topic TSCD655, 1998

Various Artists, Tonight I'll Make You My Bride (The Voice of the People Vol. 6), CD, Topic TSCD656, 1998

Various Artists, This Label is Not Removable, 3 CD, Free Reed FRTCD 25, 2002