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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, October 17, 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 Recordinfs);
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) (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

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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)