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Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp: The Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey

Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp: The Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey (Broken Token TOKEN 001)

The Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey
Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp

Broken Token Records TOKEN 001 (CD EP, UK, 2014)

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Recorded and mixed by Rob Harbron in May 2014;
Mastered by Ian Carter;
Photograph by Dan P.K.;
Cover design by Laura Smyth

Musicians

Laura Smyth, vocals [1-5], cello [1], concertina [2-3];
Ted Kemp, banjo [1-2], guitar [3], vocals [4];
Laurel Swift, fiddle [1, 5], cello [2];

Tracks

  1. Manchester Angel (Roud 2741) (2.55)
  2. The Charcoal Black and the Bonny Grey (Roud 211; TYG 81) (2.23)
  3. I'll Have a Collier (Roud 3505) (2.20)
  4. The Trooper Cut Down in His Prime (Roud 2; Laws Q26; G/D 7:1404; Henry H680) (3.24)
  5. Joan o' Grinfield (Roud V38524) (3.02)

All tracks trad. arr. Laura Smith and Ted Kemp

Videos

These two videos show Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp at the Green Note, Camden, on 25 November 2013:

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Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp: The Poacher's Fate

Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp: The Poacher's Fate (Broken Token TOKEN 002)

*** Mainly Norfolk's Album of the Year 2017 ***

The Poacher's Fate
Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp

Broken Token Records TOKEN 002 (CD, UK, 25 November 2017)

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Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ian Carter;
Photographs by Stewart Morgan Hajdukiewicz;
Album artwork and design by Laura Smyth

Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp interview by Jon Wilks

Musicians

Laura Smyth, vocals, cello, concertina;
Ted Kemp, banjo, guitar, vocals

Tracks

  1. The Poacher's Fate (Roud 793; Laws L14) (2.58)
  2. Alizon Device (4.19)
  3. There Is a Tavern (Roud 18834) (3.23)
  4. Murder in the Red Barn (Roud 215) (3.46)
  5. Cecilia (Roud 7; Laws N21; Henry H35) (4.05)
  6. Winder's Hornpipe / Kill Him With Kindness (4.23)
  7. Here's Adieu to All Judges and Juries (Roud 300) (2.25)
  8. The Brown Hare of Whitebrook (Roud 1870, 24902) (4.28)
  9. Brave Benbow (Roud 227) (2.51)
  10. The Manchester Angel (Roud 2741) (2.58)
  11. Wild Rover (Roud 1173; G/D 7:1480) (3.45)
  12. Carrickmannon Lake (Roud 5177) (2.43)

All tracks trad. arr. Laura Smith and Ted Kemp except
Track 2 Laura Smyth

Videos

This video shows Laura Smyth and Ted Kemp at the Green Note, Camden:

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Coe, Peters & Smyth: The Road to Peterloo

Coe, Peters & Smyth: The Road to Peterloo (Backshift BASHCD 65)

The Road to Peterloo
Coe, Peters & Smyth

Backshift Records BASHCD 65 (CD, UK, 8 June 2019)

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The Road to Peterloo tells the story of one of the most notorious incidents in British labour history—the ‘Peterloo Massacre’ in Manchester in 1819—through some of the many broadside ballads that were printed around the time of the event. Three singers and musicians from North West England—Pete Coe, Brian Peters and Laura Smyth—trace the story from its roots in the poverty and hunger suffered by handloom weavers in the early 19th century. Their songs describe the terrible events of the day itself, when mounted soldiers charged a peaceful crowd demanding votes for all and killed or injured many men, women and children by their indiscriminate use of sabres, and tell of later political developments inspired by the carnage.

Pete Coe, Brian Peters & Laura Smyth—The Road to Peterloo by Simon Haines (The Living Tradition, issue 128)

Recorded, mixed and mastered by Brian Bedford, Park Head Studio, Birdsedge, Yorkshire;
Photoa my Jim Ellam, Pear Mill, Stockport;
Album artwork and design by Laura Smyth (original linocut based on ‘Victory of Peterloo’ by George Cruikshank)

Musicians

Pete Coe: vocals [1-2, 8, 10, 13, 15], melodeon [2, 9, 12, 14], banjo [3], foot percussion [3, 10], bouzouki [4, 6-8, 10-11, 16];
Brian Peters: vocals [1, 4, 6, 12, 14-16], guitar [2, 9, 12, 14], fiddle [3, 7, 9, 11], melodeon [4, 6, 8, 10, 13], Anglo concertina [16];
Laura Smyth: vocals [1, 3, 5, 7, 11, 15], cello [2, 4, 7-10, 14, 16], English concertina [6, 11-12]

Tracks

  1. The Triumph of Liberty (1.48)
  2. Arise, You Sons of Freedom (3.30)
  3. The Drummer Boy for Waterloo (Roud 1804; Laws J1; Henry H728) (3.07)
  4. The Weaver's Sweet Home (2.59)
  5. Jone O' Grinfield (Roud 937) (3.01)
  6. The Cropper Lads (TYG 62) (2.22)
  7. Tom Paine (2.17)
  8. You Tyrants of England (4.20)
  9. Spotted Borders / Rolling Bet (3.39)
  10. With Henry Hunt We'll Go (Roud 1117) (3.58)
  11. Rise, Britons, Rise (3.10)
  12. John Stafford's Song (3.24)
  13. St Ethelstone's Day (1.58)
  14. The Pride of Peterloo (3.33)
  15. The Chartist Anthem (2.20)
  16. Kersal Moor (Roud V33134) (3.59)

All songs trad., arr. Coe, Peters & Smyth, except
Tracks 1, 7, 11, 15 words trad., music Laura Smyth, arr. Coe, Peters & Smyth;
Tracks 4, 6, 12, 14, 16 words trad., music Brian Peters, arr. Coe, Peters & Smyth

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Other records with Laura Smyth & Ted Kemp

Ted Kemp also is a member of Tim Jones and the Dark Lanterns.

Various Artists, From Here: English Folk Field Recordings Live at Café Oto, DL single, Frome Here / Café Oto, 2017

Stick in the Wheel, Follow Them True, CD, From Here SITW007, 2018

Stick in the Wheel: This and the Memory of This (From Here SITW010CD) Stick in the Wheel, This and the Memory of This (Mixtape), CD, From Here SITW010CD, 2018

From Here: English Folk Field Recordings Volume 2 (From Here SITW011CD) Stick in the Wheel present: From Here: English Folk Field Recordings Volume 2, CD/LP, From Here SITW011CD/SITW011LP, 2019

Jack Sharp: Good Times Older (From Here SITW015CD) Jack Sharp, Good Times Older, CD, From Here SITW015CD, 24 April 2020