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The Mellstock Band: Under the Greenwood Tree

The Mellstock Band: Under the Greenwood Tree (Saydisc CD-SDL 360)

Under the Greenwood Tree
The Carols & Dances of Hardy's Wessex
The Mellstock Band

Saydisc SDL/CD-SDL 360 (LP/CD, UK, 1986)

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Produced by Gef Lucena and Davie Wilkins;
Recorded by Gef Lucena and Davie Wilkins at The Meeting House, Frenchay, Bristol, May 1986;
Compiled and arranged and sleeve notes by Dave Townsend;
Design by Genny Lucena

Musicians

Ian Blake: boxwood clarinet;
Paul Burgess: fiddle;
Flos Headford: fiddle;
Dave Townsend: serpent, fiddle

with
Lowri Blake: cello;
Martin Brinsford: drums, tambourine;
Gordon Tyrrall: flute

Singers:
Megan Hooper: counter tenor;
Caroline Ritson, Mandy Townsend, Jane Weir: treble;
Keith Dandridge, Andy Turner: tenor;
Dave Perry: bass;
Ian Blake: bass [10, 12];
Martin Brinsford: bass [5, 17];
Paul Burgess: bass [1, 3, 7, 10, 14];
Flos Headford: bass [3, 14];
Nick Hooper: choral director

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Arise and Hail the Joyful Day (Roud 24757) (2.46)
  2. Morgianna and the Pantaloon Quadrille (3.15)
  3. Hail Happy Morn (Roud 24741) (2.18)
  4. Kiss Me My love And Welcome / Drops of Brandy / Drops of Brandy (3.29)
  5. Awake and join The Cheerful Choir (Roud 23664) (2.56)
  6. The Gipseys Hornpipe / Ashley's Hornpipe / The One-Eyed Fiddler (4.32)
  7. See Heaven's High Portals Open Wide (Roud 24749) (2.56)
  8. I'm Off to Charlestown (Roud V12717) (1.25)
  9. Awake, Awake Ye Mortals All (Roud 23741) (2.12)
  1. While Shepherds Watched (Roud 936) (2.55)
  2. Fairy Dance and Tink a Tink (2.55)
  3. Behold the Morning Star (Roud 24355) (2.12)
  4. Moss Roses / Droll Johnny / The Flight (4.05)
  5. The Musical Lovers (Roud 24258) (1.48)
  6. Lord Nelson's Hornpipe / Enrico (3.27)
  7. Arise and Hail the Sacred Day (Roud 24394) (3.08)
  8. Rejoice This Glorious Day Is Come (Roud 23711) (4.44)
  9. The Triumph (2.52)

> Folk Music > Records > The Mellstock Band: Songs of Thomas Hardy's Wessex

The Mellstock Band: Songs of Thomas Hardy's Wessex

The Mellstock Band: Songs of Thomas Hardy's Wessex (Saydisc CD-SDL 410)

Songs of Thomas Hardy's Wessex
Sally Dexter, Julie Murphy, Ian Giles, Andy Turner
with The Mellstock Band

Saydisc CD-SDL 410 (CD, UK, 17 October 1995)

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Recorded at Valley Recordings, Littleton-on-Severn, in May 1994;
Recorded and produced by Gef Lucena (Saydisc) and David Wilkins (Valley Recordings);
Research by Dave Townsend and Caroline Jackson-Houlston;
Front cover illustration: Candlemas Fair, Dorchester 1880, reproduced by courtesy of Dorset Country Museum;
Design by Genny Lucena

Musicians

Sally Dexter: vocals [2, 4, 6, 12-13, 15, 19-20], harmony vocals [8, 10];
Julie Murphy: vocals [2, 4, 7, 11-12, 17, 20], harmony vocals [8, 10, 13, 16, 18];
Ian Giles: vocals [1-2, 5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 18, 20], harmony vocals [13, 16, 19];
Andy Turner: vocals [2-3, 9, 12, 14, 20-21], harmony vocals [8, 10, 13, 16, 18];

with The Mellstock Band:
Dave Townsend: concertina [2, 5-6, 8, 15, 21], bass concertina [6, 11], violin [7, 18], speech [8], vocals [16, 20];
Mark Emerson: violin [1-2, 5, 7, 16, 18, 21], viola [3, 6, 10, 19], vocals [20];
Charles Spicer: flute [2, 19], oboe [1, 12], vox humana [16, 21], vocals [20];
Kathryn Locke: cello [1-3, 7, 10, 12-13, 16, 19, 21], vocals [20]

Tracks

  1. The Foggy Dew (Roud 558; Laws O3; G/D 7:1496) (3.24)
  2. Jockey to the Fair / Dame Durden (Roud 1209) (2.50)
  3. The Mistletoe Bough (Roud 2336) (3.31)
  4. Cupid's Garden (Roud 297; G/D 5:970) (3.23)
  5. Queen Eleanor's Confession (Roud 74; Child 156; G/D 2:208) (3.40)
  6. The Spotted Cow (Roud 956) (2.04)
  7. The Seeds of Love (Roud 3; G/D 6:1180) (4.39)
  8. The Barley Mow (Roud 944) (2.56)
  9. The Prentice Boy (Roud 263; Laws P35; G/D 2:200) (4.00)
  10. I Have Parks, I Have Hounds (Roud 1603) (2.56)
  11. Break o' the Day (Roud 2445) (2.24)
  12. The Sheepshearing Song (Roud 812) (4.12)
  13. The Tailor's Breeches (Roud 1610; TYG 49) (2.19)
  14. The Downhills of Life (Roud 1308) (2.41)
  15. I Wish, I Wish (Roud 60; Laws P25; G/D 6:1170; Henry H683) (2.22)
  16. Joan's Ale (Roud 139; G/D 3:561) (2.31)
  17. The Outlandish Knight (Roud 21; Child 4; G/D 2:225; Henry H163) (6.23)
  18. Such a Beauty I Did Grow (Roud 17183) (2.22)
  19. The Banks of Allan Water (Roud 4260) (3.07 )
  20. King Arthur Had Three Sons (1.54)
  21. The Light of the Moon (Roud 21234) (3.25)

All tracks trad. arr. Dave Townsend except
Track 5 trad. arr. Dave Townsend, Mark Emerson;
Track 13 trad. arr. Dave Townsend, Kathryn Locke

Tracks 1, 4-5, 8 are referred to in The Return of the Native;
Tracks 1, 6, 15 The Woodlanders;
Tracks 2, 7, 14, 19 Far From the Madding Crowd;
Track 3 A Laodicean;
Tracks 4, 6, 9-11, 13, 18 Tess of the D'Urbervilles;
Tracks 12, 20 Under the Greenwood Tree;
Track 13 A Few Crusted Characters;
Track 16 Desperate Remedies;
Track 17 proposed dramatisation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles;
Track 21 The Dynasts

> Folk Music > Records > The Mellstock Band: Tenants of the Earth

The Mellstock Band: Tenants of the Earth

The Mellstock Band: Tenants of the Earth (WildGoose WGS281CD)

Tenants of the Earth
Music of Rural England
The Mellstock Band

WildGoose Studios WGS281CD (CD, UK, 1996)

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Produced and recorded by Doug Bailey at WildGoose Studios, Wherwell, Hampshire;
Cover picture by Tom Bower

Musicians

Tim Hill: clarinets, flute, vocals;
Phil Humphries: serpent, trombone, vocals;
Charles Spicer: oboes, vox humana, fife, vocals;
Dave Townsend: violin, concertina, percussion, vocals

Special guest:
Chris Leslie: violin

with The Mellstock Quire:
Becca Heddle, Mandy Townsend: treble;
Sheila Smith, Carol Turner: counter;
Andy Turner: tenor;
Ian Giles: bass

Tracks

  1. Old Wiltshire (Roud 24361) (2.48)
  2. The Persian Dance / The Waterloo Dance (4.35)
  3. How Happy's the Man (Roud 1230) (1.45)
  4. Money Musk / Billy Boy / This Day the Stag Must Die / Fred Williams' Irish Jig (4.26)
  5. Budmouth Dears / The Downfall of Paris (3.31)
  6. Sweet Jenny Jones (3.32)
  7. Devil's Reel / Money Musk / Haul Away the Hawser (2.56)
  8. Newton's, or St Paul's (Roud 8337) (2.46)
  9. The Swiss Boy / William Giles' Quadrille (3.34)
  10. With Raptures Abounding (Roud 24378) (2.09)
  11. The Original Polka / The Redowa Polka (3.00)
  12. Great Things (3.05)
  13. Grandmother's / Hook's no. 27 / Cuckoo's Nest (4.23)
  14. Rejoice Ye Tenants of the Earth (Roud 23710) (2.56)
  15. The Wounded Hussar / Time to Remember the Poor (Roud 1121) (7.37)
  16. Derby / The Knifegrinder / 'Ware Out Mother (5.32)
  17. Rejoice All Men (Roud 24362) (2.46)
  18. Boney's Farewell / Hythe March / Newark Quickstep (3.45)
  19. The Shepherds Amazed (Roud V5591) (2.59)

> Maddy Prior > Records > O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing

Maddy Prior with The Carnival Band; Mellstock Band: O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (Regis RRC1338)

O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
18th Century Gallery Hymns
Maddy Prior with The Carnival Band, The Mellstock Band

Regis Records RRC1338 (CD, UK, 2010)

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A compilation of ten tracks each from Saydisc albums by Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band and The Mellstock Band

Musicians

Maddy Prior & The Carnival Band [1-5, 16-20];
The Mellstock Band [11-15]

Tracks

  1. And Can It Be? (3.44)
  2. As Pants the Hart (2.26)
  3. Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending (Roud S243057) (3.38)
  4. O Worship the King (3.25)
  5. Away With Our Sorrows and Care (3.18)
  6. Arise and Hail the Joyful Day (Roud 24757) (2.44)
  7. Hail Happy Morn (Roud 24741) (2.16)
  8. Awake and Join the Cheerful Choir (Roud 23664) (2.54)
  9. See Heaven's High Portals (Roud 24749) (2.55)
  10. Awake, Awake Ye Mortals All (Roud 23741) (2.11)
  11. While Shepherds Watched (Roud 936) (2.53)
  12. Behold the Morning Star (Roud 24355) (2.09)
  13. The Musical Lovers (Roud 24258) (1.46)
  14. Arise and Hail the Sacred Day (Roud 24394) (3.05)
  15. Rejoice This Glorious Day Is Come (Roud 23711) (4.41)
  16. Christ the Lord Is Ris'n Today (3.12)
  17. Light of the World (3.45)
  18. All Hail the Pow'r of Jesus' Name (Roud 17726) (4.02)
  19. O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing (Roud V32149) (3.48)
  20. Who Would True Valour See (Roud 25470) (3.08)

Tracks 1-5, 16-20 are from Sing Lustily and With Good Courage (Saydisc CD-SDL 383, 1990);
Tracks 6-15 are from Under the Greenwood Tree (Saydisc SDL 360, 1986)