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The Boatman’s Cure

Paul Downes: The Boatman’s Cure (WildGoose WGS396CD)

The Boatman’s Cure
Paul Downes

WildGoose Studios WGS396CD (CD, UK, July 2013)

Recorded and produced by Doug Bailey at WildGoose Studios


Paul Downes: vocal, guitar, banjo, mandolin [8];
Phil Beer: violin [1, 6, 12], mandolin [5], acoustic bass;
Maggie Boyle: flute, whistle, bodhrán;
Issy Emeney: melodeon;
Keith Kendrick: concertina;
Jackie Oates: violin [4-5, 7, 9];
Gill Redmond: cello


  1. Honour and Praise
  2. Farewell Nancy (Roud 527; Laws K14; Henry H755)
  3. Braunton Burrows
  4. The Old Man’s Retreat
  5. The Boatman’s Cure
  6. Down Among the Dead Men
  7. The Poor Old Couple (Roud 491)
  8. I Hate the Rain
  9. The Broken-Down Gentleman (Roud 383)
  10. Lamorna Cove
  11. The Road to Camden Town
  12. Unaccompanied (accompanied)

Track 1 John Richards;
Tracks 2, 7, 9 trad.;
Tracks 3, 10 Paul Downes;
Track 4 Nick Burbridge;
Track 5 George Ward;
Track 6 Mick Ryan;
Track 8 Bob Kirkpatrick;
Track 11 Kevin Boyle;
Track 12 Harvey Andrews

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Other records with Paul Downes

Besides being in a duo with Mick Ryan, Paul Downes played on these albums:

The Shanty Men (Greenwich Village GVR 201) Matt Armour, Alex Campbell, Johnny Collins, John Goodluck, Erik Ilott, Jim Mageean, Don Shepherd, Joe Stead, Mick Tems, The Shanty Men, LP, Greenwich Village GVR 201, 1978

Martyn Bradley: Time Can’t Stand Still (Greenwich Village GVR 205) Martyn Bradley, Time Can’t Stand Still, LP, Greenwich Village GVR 205, 1980

Jim Couza: Brightest and Best (Greenwich Village GVR 211) Jim Couza, Brightest and Best, An Anthology of Hammered Dulcimer Music, LP, Greenwich Village GVR 211, 1982

Sara Grey & Ellie Ellis: You Gave Me a Song… (Greenwich Village GVT 231) Sara Grey and Ellie Ellis, You Gave Me a Song…, LP/cass, Greenwich Village GVR/GVT 231, 1986

The Albion Band: Stella Maris (Making Waves SPINCD 130) The Albion Band: Stella Maris (Talking Elephant TECD262) The Albion Band, Stella Maris, LP, Making Waves SPIN 130, 1987

The Mrs Ackroyd Band: Yelp! (Mrs Ackroyd DOG 017) The Mrs Ackroyd Band, Yelp, CD, Mrs Ackroyd DOG 017, 2003

Steve Ashley: Live in Concert (Dusk Fire DUSKCD102) Steve Ashley, Live in Concert, CD, Dusk Fire DUSKCD102, 2006

Maggie Boyle: Won't You Come Away (WildGoose GGS390CD) Maggie Boyle, Won't You Come Away, CD, WildGoose WGS390CD, 2012

Jim Causley: A Causley Christmas (Hrōc HROC02) Jim Causley, A Causley Christmas, CD, Hrōc HROC02, 2018