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East Anglia Sings

East Anglia Sings (Snatch'd from Oblivion SFO 005)

East Anglia Sings
Various Artists

Snatch'd from Oblivion SFO 005 (CD, UK, 2012)

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Recorded at the Eel's Foot, Eastbridge, Suffolk, and the Windmill, Sutton, Norfolk;
Supervised by E.J. Moeran;
Broadcast on the BBC Third Programme in late 1947

See also the Musical Traditions article E J Moeran: Collecting folk songs in East Norfolk—in his own words.

Musicians

Mrs Howard, Jumbo Brightwell, Fred Ginger, Jack Clark, John 'Charger' Salmons, Charlie Chettleburgh, Harry Cox, Walter Gales, William Miller, Elijah Bell

Tracks

  1. Introduction (2.32)

From Eastbridge Eel's Foot

  1. Mrs Howard: Introduction and stepdancing (1.59)
  2. Jumbo Brightwell: The False-Hearted Knight (Roud 21; Child 4; G/D 2:225; Henry H163) (4.48)
  3. Fred Ginger: The Old Sow (Roud 1737; G/D 8:1661) (1.40)
  4. Jack Clark: The Dark-Eyed Sailor (Roud 265; Laws N35; G/D 5:1037; Henry H232) (4.18)

From Sutton Windmill

  1. Introduction (1.19)
  2. John 'Charger' Salmons: Rigs of the Time (Roud 876) (3.43)
  3. Charlie Chettleburgh: Lost Lady Found (Roud 901; Laws Q31) (5.14)
  4. Harry Cox: The Bonny Bunch of Roses (Roud 664; Laws J5; G/D 1:155) (4.16)
  5. Harry Cox: Barton Broad Ditty (Roud 1781) (2.08)
  6. Walter Gales: As I Walked Out One May Morning (Roud 586; G/D 8:1841) (3.18)
  7. William Miller: Happy and Delightful (Roud 660; Laws O30) (3.51)
  8. Elijah Bell: The Wreck of the “Ramillies” (Roud 523; Laws K1; G/D 1:28) (4.48)
  9. Harry Cox: The Barley Straw (Roud 19112) (3.57)
  10. Harry Cox: The Fowler (Roud 166; Laws O36; Henry H114) (3.19)
  11. Outro & credits (0.24)

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Good Order! Ladies and Gentlemen Please

Good Order! (Veteran VT140CD)

Good Order! Ladies and Gentlemen Please
Traditional Singing & Music from The Eel's Foot
Various Artists

Veteran VT140CD (CD, UK, 2000)

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“"Folksong is quaint now. Folksong is arty. But once this was not so. Once the farm labourers and the weavers, the road-menders and tinsmiths who made up these songs two hundred, three hundred years ago, were the fellows who sang them. And to this day there are still places where the songs and style of the old traditional singers are still kept alive by the people themselves.

“The Eel’s Foot is such a place. The Eel’s Foot is in Eastbridge. Eastbridge is in Suffolk. The weather is bleak, but the beer is good. On Saturday nights in the Eel’s Foot, the little bar-room is too crowded to play darts. The locals sit formally round two tables and sing. They sing in turn, as they are called upon by the chairman. They sing songs of a forgotten time—songs about highwaymen and sailing ships, about deserted soldiers and servant girls betrayed.”
    From Picture Post Magazine, December 14, 1940

Final production and design: John Howson;
Song notes: Roy Palmer and John Garret;
Other notes compiled by John Howson

Notes and lyrics transcription on the Veteran website

Musicians

Mrs Howard, Jumbo Brightwell, Fred Ginger, Jack Clark, Velvet Brightwell, Tom Goddard, Douglas Morling, Harry ‘Crutter’ Cook, Edgar Button, Albert ‘Diddy’ Cook, Alec Bloomfield, Jack ‘Dot’ Button

Tracks

  1. Mrs Howard: Introduction and stepdancing (1.57)
  2. Jumbo Brightwell: The False-Hearted Knight (Roud 21; Child 4; G/D 2:225; Henry H163) (4.52)
  3. Fred Ginger: The Old Sow (Roud 1737; G/D 8:1661) (1.37)
  4. Jack Clark: The Dark-Eyed Sailor (Roud 265; Laws N35; G/D 5:1037; Henry H232) (4.18)
  5. Velvet Brightwell: The Princess Royal (Roud 528; Laws K29; G/D 1:47) (6.15)
  6. Tom Goddard: Poor Man’s Heaven (Roud 16821) (4.00)
  7. Douglas Morling: The Foggy Dew (Roud 558; Laws O3; G/D 7:1496) (2.20)
  8. Velvet Brightwell: The Indian Lass (Roud 2326) (3.40)
  9. Harry ‘Crutter’ Cook: Duck Foot Sue (Roud 9553) (2.54)
  10. Edgar Button: Underneath Her Apron (Roud 899; G/D 7:1493) (2.48)
  11. Velvet Brightwell: Pleasant and Delightful (Roud 660; Laws O30) (3.49)
  12. Albert ‘Diddy’ Cook: The Blackbird (Roud 387; Henry H79) (3.28)
  13. Alec Bloomfield: The Farmer from Cheshire (Roud 2638; Laws L2) (2.38)
  14. Fred Ginger: The Old Sow (2) (Roud 1737; G/D 8:1661) (1.48)
  15. Jack ‘Dot’ Button: Jack’s the Boy (stepdance tune) (1.12)

Tracks 1-5 were recorded by E.J. Moeran in 1947;
Tracks 6-15 were recorded by A.L. Lloyd in 1938/39;
Apart from tracks 9-10 all tracks are BBC copyright and are included under license and by arrangement with BBC Music.

> Folk Music > Records > Jumbo Brightwell: Songs from the Eel's Foot

Jumbo Brightwell: Songs from the Eel's Foot

Jumbo Brightwell: Songs from the Eel's Foot (Topic 12TS261)

Songs from the Eel's Foot
Traditional Songs and Ballads from Suffolk
Jumbo Brightwell (1900-1978?)

Topic Records 12TS261 (LP, UK, 1975)

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William “Jumbo” Brightwell was one of the singers that regularly met for a Saturday night sing-song in The Eel's Foot in Eastbridge near Leiston in Suffolk. This pub has a long folk music tradition: Jumbo and his father Velvet Brightwell sang in a BBC radio programme Saturday Night at the Eel's Foot which was produced on July 21, 1939 by A.L. Lloyd (see the above Veteran CD Good Order!). Lloyd's Riverside LP English Drinking Songs (and the Topic EP All for Me Grog which is just an extract of the LP) also features songs regularly sung in The Eel's Foot.

Recorded by Tony Engle in the singer's home in Leiston, Suffolk in Spring 1975;
Produced by Tony Engle and Keith Summers;
Sleeve notes by Keith Summers and Mike Yates;
Main front sleeve photograph by Mike Yates;
Sleeve design by Tony Engle

Musicians

Jumbo Brightwell, vocals

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Flower of London (Roud 548; Laws M19) (4.31)
  2. The Derby Miller (The Three Rogues) (Roud 138; Laws Q21; G/D 3:703) (2.37)
  3. The Loss of the “Ramillies” (Roud 523; Laws K1; G/D 1:28) (3.27)
  4. The Green Mossy Banks of the Lea (Roud 987; Laws O15) (2.18)
  5. Blow the Candle Out (Roud 368; Laws P17) (2.40)
  6. The Bold Princess Royal (Roud 528; Laws K29; G/D 1:47) (3.16)
  7. Newry Town (Roud 490; Laws L12; G/D 2:260; Henry H691) (2.48)
  1. The Indian Lass (Roud 2326) (2.40)
  2. Muddley Barracks (Roud 1735) (2.26)
  3. The False-Hearted Knight (Roud 21; Child 4; G/D 2:225; Henry H163) (4.13)
  4. The Lost Heiress (Roud 901; Laws Q31) (4.44)
  5. Down in the Fields Where the Buttercups Grow (Roud 1736) (3.06)
  6. Rambleaway (Roud 171; G/D 7:1485) (2.12)
  7. The Life of a Man (Roud 848) (2.26)

All tracks trad.

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Other records with Jumbo Brightwell

Various Artists, The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music - Volume III: England, LP, Columbia SL-206, 1955

Various Artists, A Soldier's Life for Me (The Folk Songs of Britain Vol. 8), LP, Caedmon TC1164, 1961; Topic 12T196, 1970

Various Artists, Sing, Say and Play: Traditional Songs and Music from Suffolk, LP, Topic 12TS375, 1978

Various Artists, My Ship Shall Sail the Ocean (The Voice of the People Vol. 2), CD, Topic TSCD652, 1998

Various Artists, O'er His Grave the Grass Grew Green (The Voice of the People Vol. 3), CD, Topic TSCD653, 1998

Various Artists, Who's That at My Bed Window? (The Voice of the People Vol. 10), CD, Topic TSCD660, 1998

Various Artists, We've Received Orders to Sail (The Voice of the People Vol. 12), CD, Topic TSCD662, 1998

Various Artists, Troubles They Are But Few (The Voice of the People Vol. 14), CD, Topic TSCD664, 1998

Various Artists, There Is a Man Upon the Farm (The Voice of the People Vol. 20), CD, Topic TSCD670, 1998

Various Artists, World Library of Folk and Primitive Music - Volume 1: England, CD, Rounder CD 1741, 1998

Various Artists, Good Hearted Fellows: Traditional Folk Songs, Music Hall Songs, and Tunes from Suffolk, CD, Veteran VT154CD, 2006

Various Artists, A Story to Tell: Keith Summers in Suffolk 1972-79, 2 CD, Musical Traditions MTCD339/40, 2007

Various Artists, The Barley Mow (The Voice of the People Vol. 26), CD+DVD, Topic TSCD676T, 2014