> Folk Music > Records > Ewan MacColl, Isla Cameron, The Topic Singers

Ewan MacColl, Isla Cameron, The Topic Singers

Ewan MacColl, Isla Cameron, The Topic Singers (Topic TRL1)

Untitled Album
Ewan MacColl, Isla Cameron, The Topic Singers

Topic Records TRL1 (LP, UK, 1954)

Ewan MacColl, Isla Cameron, The Topic Singers (Topic TRL1)
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This is a compilation of tracks mostly from 78rpm Topic records. The container is plain manila cardboard. The disc itself is 12" with what appears to be a hand-drawn label with “Topic” and above it “Workers' Music Association London”. The matrix numbers are RPL 627 and RPL 628.

Musicians

Ewan MacColl, vocals [1-2, 4-7, 9-16];
Isla Cameron, vocals [3];
Al Jeffery, banjo [3-5, 12], guitar [6, 8];
Una Brandon-Jones, Hertzel Goldbloom and Martin Lawrence with the Topic Singers, pipe and tabor; accompaniment conducted by Arnold Goldsbrough [17]

Tracks

Side 1: Ewan MacColl, Isla Cameron Side 2: Ewan MacColl, The Topic Singers
  1. [EM] Asphalter's Song (TRC39, 1950)
  2. [EM] I'm Champion at Keepin' 'em Rolling (TRC39, 1950)
  3. [IC, AJ] The Fireman's Not for Me (TRC51, 1951)
  4. [EM, AJ] Poor Paddy Works on the Railway (Roud 208) (TRC50, 1951)
  5. [EM, AJ] The Coal-Owner and the Pitmans Wife (TRC55, 1951)
  6. [EM, AJ] Collier Laddie (Roud 3787; G/D 5:991) (TRC48, 1951)
  7. [EM] Four Loom Weaver (Roud 937) (TRC40, 1950)
  8. [IC, AJ] Cannily, Cannily (TRC50, 1951)
  9. [EM] Jamie Foyers (Roud 1941; G/D 1:106) (TRC55, 1951)
  1. [EM] As I Went Out One May Morning (Roud 277; Laws O17; G/D 4:791; Henry H152) (TRC46, 1951)
  2. [EM] The Burning of Auchendoun (Roud 4010; Child 183)
  3. [EM, AJ] Brewer Laddie (Roud 867; G/D 4:916) (TRC49, 1951)
  4. [EM] The Keach in the Creel (Roud 120; Child 281; G/D 2:317; Henry H201) (TRC46, 1951)
  5. [EM] Van Diemen's Land (Roud 221)
  6. [EM] Blow the Candle Out (Roud 368; Laws P17)
  7. [EM] The Sheffield Apprentice (Roud 399; Laws O39; G/D 5:998; Henry H31) (TRC56, 1952)
  8. [UB, HG, ML] The Cutty Wren (Roud 236) (TRC7, 1940)

I don't know of the origin of tracks 11, 14 and 15.

> Folk Music > Records > Isla Cameron: Through Bushes and Briars

Isla Cameron: Through Bushes and Briars

Isla Cameron: Through Bushes and Briars( Tradition TLP 1001)

Through Bushes and Briars
and other songs of the British Isles
Isla Cameron (1930-1980)

Tradition Records TLP 1001 (LP, UK, 1956)
Essential Media Group 942-31196-8 (CD, UK, July 7, 2009)

Isla Cameron: Through Bushes and Briars( Essential 942-31196-8)
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The CD sleeve claims that the CD is digitally remastered but it was obviously copied from a very worn LP full of scratches and hisses. And there are no sleeve notes at all so we don't even know who accompanied Isla Cameron on guitar.

Musicians

Isla Cameron, vocals;
??, guitar [1, 3, 8, 12, 14, 17, 19]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Keel Row (Roud 3059; G/D 4:771) (1.00)
  2. Through Bushes and Briars (Roud 1027) (2.04)
  3. The Seeds of Thyme (Roud 3; G/D 6:1180) (1.43)
  4. The Lark in the Morning (Roud 151) (0.49)
  5. To the Begging I Will Go (Roud 286; G/D 3:488) (1.42)
  6. Lord Randal (Roud 10; Child 12; G/D 2:209; Henry H814) (3.01)
  7. Sandgate Nursing Song (2.03)
  8. The Water Is Wide (Roud 87; Child 204) (2.14)
  9. Scots Curse (1.06)
  10. Soldier, Soldier (Roud 489) (1.27)
  1. Sweet Scented Lavender (Roud 854) (0.32)
  2. Johnny Todd (Roud 1102; G/D 8:1583) (1.14)
  3. Died for Love (Roud 60; Laws P25; G/D 6:1170; Henry H683) (1.33)
  4. The Frog and the Crow (Roud 7520) (1.47)
  5. Christ Child Lullaby (2.09)
  6. Baloo Baleary (1.45)
  7. The Lowlands of Holland (Roud 484; G/D 6:1116; Henry H180) (2.28)
  8. The Cherry Tree Carol (Roud 453; Child 54; G/D 2:327) (3.20)
  9. Croodin Doo (Roud 10; Child 12; G/D 2:209; Henry H814) (1.30)

All tracks trad. except
Track 7 words Robert Nunn (1808-53), music trad.

Note

For the history of the Tradition / Transatlantic / Rykodisk copyrights and licences on this recording, see Fred McCormick's letter “Ennis on Ember—reply” in the Musical Traditions letters.

See also Nick Guida's Tradition Records discography.

> Folk Music > Records > Isla Cameron, Ewan MacColl: English and Scottish Love Songs

Isla Cameron, Ewan MacColl: English and Scottish Love Songs

Isla Cameron, Ewan MacColl: English and Scottish Love Songs (Riverside RLP 12-656)

English and Scottish Love Songs
Isla Cameron, Ewan MacColl

Riverside Records RLP 12-656 (LP, US, 1958)

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Edited by Kenneth S. Goldstein;
Cover design and produced by Paul Bacon, Ken Braren and Harris Lewine;
Recorded at Topic Studios, London, England;
Sleeve notes by A.L. Lloyd

Musicians

Ewan MacColl, vocals [1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12-14, 16, 18], accompanied by Peggy Seeger, banjo, guitar;
Isla Cameron, vocals [2, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 17], accompanied by Ralph Rinzler, banjo, guitar

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [EM] Will Ye Gang to the Hielands (Geordie) (Roud 90; Child 209; G/D 2:249) (3.27)
  2. [IC] The Bonny Miner Lad (Roud 2599) (1.35)
  3. [EM] The Foggy Dew (Roud 558; Laws O3; G/D 7:1496)
  4. [IC] The Sprig of Thyme (Let No Man Steal Your Thyme) (Roud 3; G/D 6:1180) (3.27)
  5. [EM] It Was Under My Love's Window (Roud 21234)
  6. [IC] Still I Love Him (Roud 654) (2.01)
  7. [EM] The American Stranger (Roud 1081; G/D 7:1469) (2.14)
  8. [IC] Blackbirds and Thrushes (Roud 12657)
  9. [EM] O Sally My Dear (Roud 329)
  1. [IC] Whistle, Daughter, Whistle (Roud 1570; G/D 7:1334) (2.10)
  2. [EM] Blow Away the Morning Dew (Roud 11; Child 112; G/D 2:301)
  3. [IC, EM] To the Weavers Gin Ye Go (Roud V22409)
  4. [EM] The Bird in the Bush (Roud 290)
  5. [IC] The Waters of Tyne (Roud 1364) (1.20)
  6. [EM] The Bleacher Lassie of Kelvinhaugh (Roud 3325; G/D 5:1041) (4.04)
  7. [IC] Geordie (Roud 90; Child 209; G/D 2:249) (1.43)
  8. [EM] Are Ye Sleeping, Maggie? (Roud 4897) (3.05)

Most (10) of the tracks are also on Still I Love Him, so it seems safe to assume that both albums were drawn from the same studio recordings. I wonder, though, why the Topic album has been released two years after the Riverside album.

See also Nick Guida's The Balladeers website.

> Folk Music > Records > Isla Cameron, Ewan MacColl: Still I Love Him

Isla Cameron, Ewan MacColl: Still I Love Him

Isla Cameron, Ewan MacColl: Still I Love Him (Topic 10T50)

Still I Love Him
Traditional Love Songs
Isla Cameron, Ewan MacColl

Topic Records 10T50 (10" LP, UK, 1960)

Isla Cameron, Ewan MacColl: Still I Love Him (Topic 10T50)
Isla Cameron, Ewan MacColl: Still I Love Him (Topic 10T50)

Recorded by Bill Leader;
Sleeve notes by A.L. Lloyd

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Musicians

Isla Cameron, vocals [1-2, 4-5, 7-9, 11-12, 14], accompanied by Ralph Rinzler, banjo, guitar;
Ewan MacColl, vocals [3, 6, 10, 13], accompanied by Peggy Seeger, banjo, guitar

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [IC] Whistle, Daughter, Whistle (Roud 1570; G/D 7:1334) (2.10)
  2. [IC] Once I Had a True Love (Roud 170) (2.34)
  3. [EM] The American Stranger (Roud 1081; G/D 7:1469) (2.14)
  4. [IC] My Bonny Miner Lad (Roud 2599) (1.35)
  5. [IC] Let No Man Steal Your Thyme (Roud 3; G/D 6:1180) (3.27)
  6. [EM] Geordie (Roud 90; Child 209; G/D 2:249) (3.27)
  7. [IC] Buy Broom Besoms (Roud 1623; G/D 3:489) (1.04)
  1. [IC] Geordie (Roud 90; Child 209; G/D 2:249) (1.43)
  2. [IC] The Maid on the Shore (Roud 181; Laws K27) (3.10)
  3. [EM] Are Ye Sleeping, Maggie? (Roud 4897) (3.05)
  4. [IC] Still I Love Him (Roud 654) (2.01)
  5. [IC] The Waters of Tyne (Roud 1364) (1.20)
  6. [EM] The Bleacher Lassie of Kelvinhaugh (Roud 3325; G/D 5:1041) (4.04)
  7. [IC] Bobby Shaftoe (Roud 1359) (1.24)

Acknowledgements

Thank you very much for Alistair Banfield for the second cover picture.

> Louis Killen > Records > The Waters of Tyne

The Waters of Tyne

Isla Cameron, Louis Killen: The Waters of Tyne (Prestige INT 13059)

The Waters of Tyne
Northumbrian Songs and Ballads
Isla Cameron (c.1930-1980), Louis Killen

Prestige International INT 13059 (LP, UK, 1961)

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Recorded by The City of London Studios;
Produced by Kenneth S. Goldstein and Ewan MacColl;
Notes by Ewan MacColl

Musicians

Isla Cameron, vocals [1, 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 16];
Louis Killen, vocals [2, 4-6, 8-9, 11, 13, 15];
Peggy Seeger, guitar [1, 4, 10, 12], banjo [3, 6, 9, 11, 14]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [IC] The Waters of Tyne (Roud 1364)
  2. [LK] Buy Broom Buzzems (Roud 1623; G/D 3:489)
  3. [IC] Doon the Waggon Way (Roud 3480)
  4. [LK] Cushie Butterfield (Roud 3504)
  5. [IC, LK] The Oak and the Ash (Roud 1367; G/D 5:1058)
  6. [LK] Blaydon Races (Roud 3511)
  7. [IC] Lay the Bent to the Bonny Broom (Roud 161; Child 1)
  8. [LK] The Black-Leg Miners (Roud 3193)
  1. [LK] The Sandgate Lass's Lament (Roud 3170)
  2. [IC] Cannily, Cannily
  3. [LK] The Oakey Strike Evictions (Roud V35760)
  4. [IC] Sandgate Nursing Song
  5. [LK] The Banks of the Dee (Roud 3484)
  6. [IC] Keep Your Feet Still, Geordie Hinny (Roud 6862)
  7. [LK] The Cruel Sister (Roud 8; Child 10; G/D 2:213)
  8. [IC] Dance to Your Daddy (Roud 2439; G/D 8:1562)

All tracks trad. except
Tracks 4, 6 George Ridley (1835-1864);
Track 10 Ewan MacColl (1915-1989);
Track 11 Tommy Armstrong (1848-1920);
Track 12 Robert Nunn (1808-1853);
Track 14 Joe Wilson (1841-1875)

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Alex Lioubimov for sending me the cover picture and album details that he found somewhere on the net.

See also Nick Guida's Tradition Records discography.

> Folk Music > Records > Isla Cameron, Tony Britton: Songs of Love, Lust and Loose Living

Isla Cameron, Tony Britton: Songs of Love, Lust and Loose Living

Isla Cameron, Tony Britton: Songs of Love, Lust and Loose Living (Transatlantic TRA 105)

Songs of Love, Lust and Loose Living
Isla Cameron (1930-1980), Tony Britton

Transatlantic TRA 105 (LP, UK, 1962)
Transatlantic XTRA 1042 (LP, UK, 1966)

Isla Cameron, Tony Britton: Songs of Love, Lust and Loose Living (Transatlantic XTRA 1042)
Isla Cameron, Tony Britton: Songs of Love, Lust and Loose Living (London 5808)

London FFRR Records 5808 (LP, USA, 196x)

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Produced by Nathan Joseph;
Cover: Brian and Sally Shuel

Musicians

Isla Cameron, vocals [1-2, 4, 6, 8, 10-11, 13, 15-16, 18];;
Tony Britton, vocals [1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 16-17, 19];;
Stephen Sedley, Ralph Trainer, guitars;
Geoffrey Pratley, spinet

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [TB, IC] Oh, No John, No John, No! (Roud 146)
  2. [IC] Ophelia's Song
  3. [TB] Not All Can Do It That Will
  4. [IC] Died for Love (Roud 60; Laws P25; G/D 6:1170; Henry H683)
  5. [TB] The Art of Love
  6. [IC] Westron Wynde (Roud V18833)
  7. [TB] The Logical Song
  8. [IC] Let No Man Steal Your Thyme (Roud 3; G/D 6:1180)
  9. [TB] On His Mistress Going to Bed
  10. [IC] Take Me Out of Pity
  1. [IC] My Mother Choose My Husband
  2. [TB] The Wanton Country Maid
  3. [IC] John Anderson (Roud 16967)
  4. [TB] After the Pangs of a Desperate Lover (Roud V13097)
  5. [IC] As I Roved Out (Roud 3479; G/D 6:1165)
  6. [TB, IC] Wha's Been Here Afore Me Lass?
  7. [TB] To His Coy Mistress
  8. [IC] Still Growin' (Roud 31; Laws O35; G/D 6:1222)
  9. [TB] Blow the Candles Out (Roud 368; Laws P17; G/D 4:788)

All tracks trad. except
Track 2 William Shakespeare;
Track 3 François Villon;
Tracks 5, 14 John Dryden;
Track 9 John Donne;
Track 12 Thomas Campion;
Track 16 Hugh MacDiarmid;
Track 17 Andrew Marvell

> Folk Music > Records > Northumbrian Minstrelsy

Northumbrian Minstrelsy

Isla Cameron, Bob Davenport, Jack Armstrong, The Rakes: Northumbrian Minstrelsy (Concert Hall AM 2339)

Northumbrian Minstrelsy
Isla Cameron, Bob Davenport, Jack Armstrong, The Rakes

Concert Hall AM 2339 (LP, UK, 1964)

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Recorded by Peter Kennedy;
Notes by Reg Hall

Musicians

Isla Cameron, vocals [1, 4, 6, 9, 12, 17];
Bob Davenport, vocals [1-2, 5-6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 19];
Jack Armstrong, Northumbrian small pipes [1, 3, 5, 9, 11, 13-14, 16, 18-19], fiddle [2, 15];
The Rakes [2, 6, 8, 10, 15]:
  Michael Plunkett, fiddle, whistle;
  Paul Gross, fiddle;
  Reg Hall, button key accordion

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [IC, BD] My Bonny Lad (Roud 204)
  2. [BD] Cushie Butterfield (Roud 3504)
  3. Bonny at Morn (Roud 3064)
  4. [IC] Three Ravens (Roud 5; Child 26)
  5. [BD] Buy Broom Besoms (Roud 1623; G/D 3:489)
  6. [IC, BD] The Harrin's Heids (Roud 128)
  7. Salmon Tails
  8. [BD] Keep Your Feet Still, Geordie, Hinny (Roud 6862)
  9. [IC] Dame Get Up and Bake Your Pies (Roud 497) / Lavender's Blue (Roud 3483) / Bonny Shaftoe (Roud 1359)
  1. [BD] The Bonnie Lass of Benwell
  2. Redesdale Hornpipe
  3. [IC] Willie's Rare (Roud 206; Child 215; G/D 6:1227)
  4. [BD] Chevy Chase (Roud 223; Child 162)
  5. The Wild Hills o' Wannies
  6. [BD] Durham Gaol (Roud 822)
  7. Whittingham Green Lane / Ward's Brae
  8. [IC] O Can Ye Sew Cushions (Roud 5527)
  9. Lads of Alnwick / Johnnie Armstrong (Roud 76; Child 169)
  10. [BD] The Border Widow's Lament (Roud 199; Child 106; G/D 1:163)

All tracks trad.

> Folk Music > Records > Isla Cameron: Isla Cameron

Isla Cameron

Isla Cameron: Isla Cameron (Transatlantic XTRA 1040)

Isla Cameron
Isla Cameron (1930-1980)

Transatlantic Records XTRA 1040 (LP, UK, 1966)

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Produced by Nathan Joseph;
Cover: Brian and Sally Shuel

Musicians

Isla Cameron, vocals;
Martin Carthy, guitar [1, 3, 6, 7, 8, 12];
Jack Fallon, bass [11]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Glass of Water (2.19)
  2. My Parents Raised Me Tenderly (Roud 262; Laws P1; G/D 5:1059; Henry H188) (1.47)
  3. Johnny I Hardly Knew You (Roud 3137) (2.27)
  4. Turtle Dove (Roud 422) (3.15)
  5. Bushes and Briars (Roud 1027) (2.05)
  6. Pirate Jenny (2.05)
  1. It Ain't Me Babe (3.15)
  2. He's Like the Swallow (Roud 2306) (1.45)
  3. Old Man Rockin' the Cradle (Roud 357) (2.10)
  4. Yarrow (Roud 13; Child 214; G/D 2:215) (3.40)
  5. Willow Waley (1.15)
  6. Fare Thee Well (2.55)

Track 1 Sydney Carter;
Tracks 2, 4, 5, 9, 10 trad.;
Tracks 3, 8 trad. arr. Martin Carthy;
Track 6 Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill;
Tracks 7, 12 Bob Dylan;
Track 11 Dehn, Auric

> Folk Music > Records > Isla Cameron

Other records with Isla Cameron

Various Artists, The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music - Volume III: England, LP, Columbia SL-206, 1955

Various Artists, The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music - Volume VI: Scotland, LP, Columbia SL-209, 1955

Various Artists, Folk Songs (Topic Sampler No. 1), LP, Topic TPS114, 1964

Ewan MacColl, Charles Parker, Peggy Seeger, The Ballad of John Axon (The Radio Ballads Vol. 1), LP, Argo RG 474, 1965, Argo DA 139, 1971

Various Artists, The Best of British Folk Music, LP, Transatlantic XTRA 1031, 1966

Isla Cameron, Sydney Carter, Martin Carthy, Nadia Cattouse, Songs from ABC Television's “Hallelujah”, LP, Fontana TL5356, 1966

Richard Rodney Bennett, Far from the Madding Crowd: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, LP, MGM CS-8053, 1967

Ewan MacColl, Charles Parker, Peggy Seeger, The Big Hewer (The Radio Ballads Vol. 4), LP, Argo RG 538, 1967, DA 140, 1971

Isla Cameron, Trevor Lucas, Mary O' Hara, Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, Through Bushes and Briar, LP, BBC Radioplay TAIR 87043, 1987

Ewan MacColl, Charles Parker, Peggy Seeger, The Ballad of John Axon (The Radio Ballads Vol. 1), CD, Topic TSCD801, 1999

Ewan MacColl, Charles Parker, Peggy Seeger, Song of a Road (The Radio Ballads Vol. 2), CD, Topic TSCD802, 1999

Ewan MacColl, Charles Parker, Peggy Seeger, The Big Hewer (The Radio Ballads Vol. 4), CD, Topic TSCD804, 1999

Various Artists, World Library of Folk and Primitive Music - Volume 1: England, CD, Rounder CD 1741, 1998

Various Artists, Transatlantic Folk Box Set, 3 CD, Sanctuary SMEDT137, 2004

Various Artists, Anthems in Eden: An Anthology of British & Irish Folk 1955-1978, 4 CD, Castle Music CMXBX1030, 2006

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