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A Merry Progress to London

The Critics Group:  A Merry Progress to London (Argo DA 46)

A Merry Progress to London
An Anthology of London Songs
The Critics Group

Argo Records DA/ZDA 46 (LP, UK, 1966)
Argo Records ZFB 60 (LP, UK, 1972)

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See also folkcatalogue's blog on A Merry Progress to London.

Directed by Ewan MacColl;
Music direction by Peggy Seeger;
Liner notes by Jim O'Connor;
Design by Denis Turner

Musicians

John Faulkner, vocals [7-8, 10], guitar, zither, concertina;
Sandra Kerr, vocals [4, 11, 15], banjo [];
Ted Culver, vocals [5, 14];
Jim O'Connor, vocals [3, 6, 13, 16];
Terry Yarnell, vocals [9, 12, 16], guitar, whistle, concertina

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Street Cries / Painter’s Song (RoudBS B110154) (1.28)
  2. Roome for Companie (at Bartolomew Faire) (3.10)
  3. A Merry Progress to London (4.10)
  4. The Maid of Tottenham (Roud 364) (2.35)
  5. In Newry Town (Roud 490; Laws L12; G/D 2:260; Henry H691) (2.50)
  6. The Ploughboy and the Cockney (Roud 1688) (3.30)
  7. The Bold Lieutenant (Roud 396; Laws O25; G/D 5:1056; Henry H474) (4.25)
  8. London’s Ordinary, or Every Man in His Humour (Roud V18996) (3.10)
  1. London Mourning in Ashes (3.39)
  2. The Lass of Islington (Roud 168) (2.55)
  3. Through Moorfields (Roud 605; G/D 6:1079) (2.10)
  4. Jarvis the Coachman (Roud 1312) (2.35)
  5. The Blind Beggar of Bethnal Green (Roud 132; Laws N27; G/D 5:1061) (3.25)
  6. There’s Nothing to Be Had Without Money (Roud V4463) (4.50)
  7. Georgie Barnell (Roud 546) (2.45)
  8. The Lawyer’s Lament for Charing Cross (3.50)

All tracks trad.

> Folk Music > Records > The Critics Group: Sweet Thames Flow Softly

Sweet Thames Flow Softly

The Critics Group: Sweet Thames Flow Softly (Argo ZDA 47)

Sweet Thames Flow Softly
An Anthology of London Songs
The Critics Group

Argo Records DA/ZDA 47 (LP, UK, 1966)
Argo Records ZFB 61 (LP, UK, 1972)
Vocalion CDSML 8284 (CD, UK, 2006)

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See also folkcatalogue's blog on Sweet Thames Flow Softly.

Recording directed by Ewan MacColl
Music direction by Peggy Seeger;
Liner notes by Jim O'Connor;

Musicians

John Faulkner, vocals [4-5, 10, 12, 15, 17], guitar, zither, concertina;
Sandra Kerr, vocals [4, 8, 10, 13, 16], banjo [4, 10];
Ted Culver, vocals [3, 7];
Terry Yarnell, vocals [2, 6, 9], guitar, whistle, concertina;
Jim O'Connor, vocals [11, 14]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Street Cries (1.50)
  2. Tottie (1.35)
  3. Judges and Juries (Roud 300) (2.10)
  4. Parson Grocer (Roud V3400) (2.35)
  5. Betsy Baker (Roud 1288) (2.10)
  6. Plank Bed Ballad (RoudBS B80187) (2.30)
  7. The Jail Song (Roud 1077) (3.50)
  8. William & Phyllis (Roud 1429) (5.35)
  9. Randolph Turpin-Sugar Ray Fight (3.00)
  1. Supermarket Song (3.15)
  2. Ratcliffe Highway (Roud 598) (2.00)
  3. Outward Bound (Roud 1104) (3.30)
  4. My Jolly Sailor Bold (4.00)
  5. The Streets of London (3.20)
  6. The Colour-Bar Strike (2.35)
  7. Landlords Nine Questions (2.45)
  8. Sweet Thames Flow Softly (5.25)

All tracks traditional except
Tracks 2, 6 Dagonet aka G.R. Sims;
Track 5 Ewan MacColl, Gardner;
Track 9 music Ewan MacColl;
Track 10 Marigold, Turner, O’Connor, Ewan MacColl;
Track 14 trad. / John Hasted;
Track 15 words Charlie Mayo, music Ewan CacColl;
Track 16 Peggy Seeger;
Track 17 Ewan MacColl

> Frankie Armstrong > Records > The Critics Group: The Female Frolic

The Female Frolic

The Critics Group: The Female Frolic (Argo DA 82)

The Female Frolic
The Critics Group

Argo Records DA 82, ZDA 82 (LP, UK, 1968)
Argo Records ZFB 64 (LP, UK, May 1972)

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See also folkcatalogue's blog on The Female Frolic.

Musicians

Frankie Armstrong, vocals [1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10];
Sandra Kerr, vocals [1, 3, 8, 10, 12, 13, 15], tin whistle [9];
Peggy Seeger, vocals [1, 2, 6, 10, 11, 14, 16], autoharp [2, 8], concertina [9], guitar [12, 16];
with
Jack Warshaw, guitar [8, 9, 12];
John Faulkner, concertina [15]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Doffin' Mistress (Roud 2133) (Irish)
  2. Girl of Constant Sorrow (Roud 499) (American)
  3. The Blacksmith (Roud 816) (English)
  4. My Husband's Got No Courage in Him (Roud 870; G/D 7:1367) (English)
  5. The Generous Lover (Roud 1996) (Irish)
  6. The Whore's Lament (Roud 2; Laws Q26/B1; G/D 7:1404; Henry H680) (American)
  7. Geordie (Roud 90; Child 209; G/D 2:249) (English)
  8. Come Me Little Son (Contemporary English)
  1. The Female Frolic (English)
  2. Children's Sequences (English / Scottish / American)
  3. An Old Man Came Courting Me (Roud 210) (Canadian)
  4. Miner's Wife (Contemporary English)
  5. The Factory Girl (Roud 1659) (Irish)
  6. Lowell Factory Girl (American)
  7. The Broomfield Hill (Roud 34; Child 43; G/D 2:322; Henry H135) (English)
  8. The Housewife's Lament (Roud 5472) (American)

All tracks traditional except
Tracks 2, 9, 16 trad. arr. Peggy Seeger;
Track 7 trad. arr. Frankie Armstrong;
Tracks 8, 12 Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger;
Track 15 trad. arr. John Faulkner

> Frankie Armstrong > Records > The Critics Group: Waterloo:Peterloo

Waterloo:Peterloo

The Critics Group: Waterloo:Peterloo (Argo ZDA 86)

Waterloo:Peterloo
English Folk Songs and Broadsides 1780-1830
The Critics Group

Argo DA 86, ZDA 86 (LP, UK, 1968)
Argo ZFB 68 (LP, UK, January 1972)

Waterloo:Peterloo (Argo ZDA 86)
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See also folkcatalogue's blog on Waterloo Peterloo.

Musicians

Frankie Armstrong, vocals [2, 7, 11, 15], chorus [8, 12];
John Faulkner, vocals [6, 9], chorus [8, 10, 12, 14], mandolin [2, 5], English concertina [3, 13], guitar [15];
Brian Pearson, vocals [3, 10, 13, 15], chorus [8, 10, 12, 14];
Denis Turner, vocals [1, 4-5, 12, 16], chorus [8, 10, 12, 14];
Terry Yarnell, vocals [5, 8-9, 14], chorus [8, 10, 12, 14];
Sandra Kerr, guitar [2, 13, 15], dulcimer [3, 5-6, 11], tin whistle [9], spoons [14];
Jim O'Connor, drums [9], percussion [14];
Peggy Seeger, guitar [5]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. With Henry Hunt We'll Go (0.47)
  2. The Lancashire Lads (Roud 588; G/D 1:89) (2.12)
  3. The Labouring Man (Roud 1156) (4.17)
  4. John O'Grinfell's (3.18)
  5. Humphrey Hardfeatures: Description of Cast-Iron Inventions (2.40)
  6. Van Diemen's Land (Roud 519; Laws L18; G/D 2:252) (5.21)
  7. The Death of Parker (3.50)
  8. Drink Old England Dry (1.43)
  1. The Battle of Waterloo (3.39)
  2. Boney Was a Warrior (1.17)
  3. The Victory (Roud 2278) (3.57)
  4. The Dudley Boys (2.57)
  5. Keepers and Poachers (Roud 851) (1.51)
  6. I Should Like to Be a Policeman (2.59)
  7. The Way to Live (2.41)
  8. Hand Loom Weaver's Lament (3.50)

All tracks traditional except
Tracks 1-3, 13, 15 trad. arr. Sandra Kerr, John Faulkner;
Tracks 5 trad. arr. Peggy Seeger, Sandra Kerr, John Faulkner;
Tracks 6, 11 trad. arr. Sandra Kerr;
Tracks 9, 14 trad. arr. Jim O'Connor, Sandra Kerr

> Folk Music > Records > The London Critics Group: Living Folk

Living Folk

The London Critics Group: Living Folk (Albatros VPA 8093)

Living Folk
The London Critics Group

Albatros VPA 8093 (LP, Italy, February 25, 1970)

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Produced by Bruno Pianta and Roberto Leydi;
Recorded by Roberto Leydi at the Teatro Lirico in Milan, Italy, on April 24, 1968;
Cover design by Domizia Gandolfi

Musicians

Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Sandra Kerr, John Faulkner, Terry Yarnell, Denis Turner, Brian Pearson

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Broomfield Hill (Roud 34; Child 43; G/D 2:322; Henry H135) (2.30)
  2. Strawberry Town (Roud 18; Laws M32) (2.25)
  3. I Am a Girl of Constant Sorrow (Roud 499) (2.00)
  4. The Driver's Song (2.17)
  5. Sweet Trinity (Roud 122; Child 286; G/D 1:37) (2.20)
  6. Lucy Wan (Roud 234; Child 51) (2.00)
  7. The Doffin Mistress (Roud 2133) (1.22)
  8. Single Girl (Roud 436) (2.43)
  9. The Dirty Union Leaders (1.25)
  10. Song of Choice (3.47)
  1. Johnny Sands (Roud 184; Laws Q3; G/D 2:319) (2.00)
  2. Irish Dance Music (3.30)
  3. Sea Shanties: Blood Red Roses (Roud 931) / Hilo John Brown (Roud 8229) / Bring 'Em Down (4.16)
  4. The Whale Catchers (Roud 3291) (1.48)
  5. We'll Rant and We'll Roar (Roud 687) (2.20)
  6. The Crooked Cross (2.15)
  7. Ballad of Ho Chi Mihn (3.58)
  8. Oh, Brother, Did You Weep? (2.30)

All tracks traditional except
Track 9 words Peter O'Toole, music trad. Blackleg Miners;
Tracks 10, 16 Peggy Seeger;
Tracks 4, 17-18 Ewan MacColl

> Folk Music > Records > The Critics Group: As We Were A-Sailing

As We Were A-Sailing

The Critics Group:  As We Were A-Sailing (Argo ZDA 137)

As We Were A-Sailing
The Critics Group

Argo Records ZDA 137 (LP, UK, 1971)

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See also folkcatalogue's blog on As We Were A-Sailing.

Produced by Harley Usill;
Recorded by Kevin Daly;
Sleeve design by Dave Scott

Musicians

Aldwyn Cooper, vocals [1, 6];

John Faulkner, vocals [2-3, 5, 13, 17], mandolin [11], fiddle [15];
Terry Yarnell, vocals [3, 8, 14, 16, 20];
Ewan MacColl, vocals [4, 10-11, 18];
Dick Snell, vocals [7, 15];
Brian Pearson, vocals [9, 12, 19];
Sandra Kerr, guitar [3, 11], dulcimer [5], whistle [14];
Peggy Seeger, guitar [3, 11], concertina [4, 6, 14, 18], banjo [15]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Slave Ho (fragment of capstan shanty)
  2. Billy Riley (Roud 4701) (halyard shanty)
  3. Sir Francis Drake (Roud V18747)
  4. Farewell to Tarwathie (Roud 2562; G/D 1:15)
  5. The New York Trader (Roud 478; Laws K22; G/D 2:191)
  6. Sailing Over the Dogger Bank (Roud 18836)
  7. The Bold Pirate (Roud 984?)
  8. The Alabama (Roud 4710) (halyard shanty)
  9. So Handy (Roud 814) (halyard shanty)
  10. The Flying Cloud (Roud 1802; Laws K28; G/D 1:44)
  1. The North Sea Holes (Come All You Gallant Fishermen)
  2. The Loss of the Ramillies (Roud 523; Laws K1; G/D 1:28)
  3. As We Were A-Sailing (Roud 492; Laws N4; G/D 1:180)
  4. The Press Gang (Roud 601; Laws N6; G/D 1:174; Henry H108a)
  5. The Dockyard Gate (Roud 1739)
  6. Bottle-O (halyard shanty)
  7. Long Time Ago (Roud 318) (halyard shanty)
  8. Nancy of Yarmouth (Roud 407)
  9. John Dameray (Roud 9439) (short-haul shanty)
  10. Bold Benjamin (Roud 2632)

All tracks trad. except
Track 11 Ewan MacColl