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The Tale of Ale

The Tale of Ale (Free Reed FRRD023/024)

The Tale of Ale
The story of the Englishman and his beer
Various Artists

Free Reed Records FRRD 023/024 (2 LP, UK, 1976)
Guimbarda DD-22041/42 (2 LP, Spain, 1976?)

The Tale of Ale (Guimbarda DD-22041/42)
The Tale of Ale (Free Reed FRCD 23)

Free Reed Records FRCD 23 (CD, UK, 1993)
Free Reed Records FRRR 04 (CD, UK, 2007)

The Tale of Ale (Free Reed FRRR 04)
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Compiled and arranged by Vic Gammon;
Produced and engineered by Nic Kinsey;
Sleeve designed by Sue Dransfield;
Front sleeve photograph reproduced by permission of Beamish Open Air Museum, Beamish Hall, Stanley, Co. Durham

Musicians

Songs: Peter Bellamy, Robin Dransfield, John Foreman, Vic Gammon, Pam Gilder, Roy Harris, Oriana, Eddie Upton, Peter Wood;
Music: Musica Inebrieta, Barry Dransfield, The Pump and Pluck Band, Geoff Hedger;
Readings: William Rushton, Joby Blanshard, Michael Smee

The Pump and Pluck Band:
Will Duke, Anglo concertina, bandoneon, mouth organ;
Ian Russell, tenor banjo, trombone;
Vic Gammon, melodeon, baritone English concertina, banjo;
Sheila Magill, bass English concertina, percussion;
Tony Pepler, percussion, also helped on some tracks.
Choruses: Pam Gilder, Eddie Upton, Vic Gammon, Ian Russell

Musica Inebrieta:
Keith Phillips, fiddle;
Kathryn Cox, recorders;
Vic Gammon, cittern, bouzouki;
Rory Forsyth, bassoon;
Tony Pepler, percussion

Oriana:
Penny Maxwell, David Maxwell, John Mingay, vocals

Tracks

Double LP Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [EU, PG & MI] Bring Us in Good Ale (Roud 203; G/D 3:590) (2.04)
  2. [JB, MS] Andrew Boorde on Ale (0.47)
  3. [O] Come Drink to Me (RoudBS B120142) (1.28)
  4. [RD & MI] Jolly Good Ale and Old (3.03)
  5. [WR] He That Buys Land (0.21)
  6. [PW & MI] The Merry Fellows (Roud 615) (3.04)
  7. [PB & MI] Soldiers Three (Roud 8340) (2.05)
  8. [O] Tapster, Drinker (0.47)
  9. [JB] The Tunnyng of Elynour Rummyng (2.28)
  10. [EU & MI] A Knotte of Good Fellows (RoudBS B72582) (2.39)
  11. [JB, MS] Andrew Boorde on Beer (0.33)
  12. [JF & MI] London's Ordinary (RoudBS B44847) (3.24)
  13. [JB, MS, MR] Epitaph (0.23)
  14. [O] Of Honest Malt Liquor (RoudBS B123422) (0.50)
  1. [PW & MI] The Malt's Come Down (Roud V18816) (0.51)
  2. [MS, JB] Stubbes on Drunkenness (2.30)
  3. [RD, BD] Good Ale for My Money (RoudBS B132995) (3.53)
  4. [EU & MI] The Excise Ballad (2.51)
  5. [WR, MS] The Porter Scene from MacBeth (1.44)
  6. [PG, EU, VG & MI] Peas, Beans, Oats and the Barley (Roud 1380) (0.49)
  7. [PW] The Pleasant Ballad of John Barleycorn (Roud 164) (7.24)
  8. [PG, EU, VG & MI] Now Harvest Is Over (Roud 310) (0.50)
  9. [PPB] The British Toper (1.16)
Side 3Side 4
  1. [RH & PPB] Nottingham Ale (Roud V16327) (3.47)
  2. [WR] Bickerdyke on Temperance (0.51)
  3. [O] O Ale Ab Alendo (1.16)
  4. [VC & PPB] John Barleycorn (Roud 164) (3.26)
  5. [PW, IR, VG] Ye Mar'ners All (Roud 1191) (1.17)
  6. [JB, MS, WR] Epitaph (0.15)
  7. [PG, EU, VG & MI] Poor Tom Is Dead and Gone (0.48)
  8. [EU] There's Comfort in a Drop of Gin (Roud V34233) (2.52)
  9. [JB, MS] The London Gin Distillery (1.11)
  10. [PG, VG] Don't Go Out Tonight Dear Father (Roud V9176) (3.21)
  11. [WR] The Drunkard's Looking Glass (Roud V2856) (2.09)
  12. [RH, GH] Ale, Ale, Glorious Ale (Roud 1512) (2.38)
  13. [EU & PPB] I Like a Drop of Good Beer (Roud 21415) (2.17)
  1. [PG, EU, VG & MI] The Carter's Health (Roud 1384) (0.43)
  2. [RD & PPB] Hey John Barleycorn (Roud 2141) (2.29)
  3. [PG, EU, VG & MI] Here's a Health to the Mistress (Roud 310) (0.55)
  4. [JB] Meux's Porter Vat (1.04)
  5. [JF, VG] A Pot of Porter Oh (2.07)
  6. [EU, VG & PPB] I've Been to France / Here's a Health unto Our Master (1.00)
  7. [RH & PPB] The Man That Waters the Worker's Beer (2.30)
  8. [PB & PPB] October Brew (0.59)
  9. [PG & PPB] John Appleby (Roud 1292) (2.48)
  10. [JB, MS, WR] Epitaph (0.16)
  11. [JF] Charley Mopps (Roud 10678) (2.13)
  12. [EU, VG & PPB] This Is Our Mistress' Health (Roud 21096) (1.00)
  13. [VG & PPB] Michael Blann's Drinking Song (Roud 1988) (3.07)
  14. [MI] The British Toper (1.29)

CD Tracks

The CD left out a few tracks due to space restrictions.

  1. [EU, PG & MI] Bring Us in Good Ale (Roud 203; G/D 3:590) (2.04)
  2. [JB, MS] Andrew Boorde on Ale (0.47)
  3. [RD & MI] Jolly Good Ale and Old (3.03)
  4. [WR] He That Buys Land (0.21)
  5. [PW & MI] The Merry Fellows (Roud 615) (3.04)
  6. [PB & MI] Soldiers Three (Roud 8340) (2.05)
  7. [O] Tapster, Drinker (0.47)
  8. [JB] The Tunnyng of Elynour Rummyng (2.28)
  9. [JB, MS] Andrew Boorde on Beer (0.33)
  10. [JF & MI] London's Ordinary (RoudBS B44847) (3.24)
  11. [JB, MS, MR] Epitaph (0.23)
  12. [O] Of Honest Malt Liquor (RoudBS B123422) (0.50)
  13. [PW & MI] The Malt's Come Down (Roud V18816) (0.51)
  14. [MS, JB] Stubbes on Drunkenness (2.30)
  15. [RD, BD] Good Ale for My Money (RoudBS B132995) (3.53)
  16. [EU & MI] The Excise Ballad (2.51)
  17. [WR, MS] The Porter Scene from MacBeth (1.44)
  18. [PG, EU, VG & MI] Peas, Beans, Oats and the Barley (Roud 1380) (0.49)
  19. [PG, EU, VG & MI] Now Harvest Is Over (Roud 310) (0.50)
  20. [PPB] The British Toper (1.16)
  21. [RH & PPB] Nottingham Ale (Roud V16327) (3.47)
  22. [WR] Bickerdyke on Temperance (0.51)
  23. [O] O Ale Ab Alendo (1.16)
  24. [VC & PPB] John Barleycorn (Roud 164) (3.26)
  1. [PW, IR, VG] Ye Mar'ners All (Roud 1191) (1.17)
  2. [JB, MS, WR] Epitaph (0.15)
  3. [PG, EU, VG & MI] Poor Tom Is Dead and Gone (0.48)
  4. [PG, VG] Don't Go Out Tonight Dear Father (Roud V9176) (3.21)
  5. [WR] The Drunkard's Looking Glass (Roud V2856) (2.09)
  6. [RH, GH] Ale, Ale, Glorious Ale (Roud 151200) (2.38)
  7. [EU & PPB] I Like a Drop of Good Beer (Roud 21415) (2.17)
  8. [PG, EU, VG & MI] The Carter's Health (Roud 1384) (0.43)
  9. [RD & PPB] Hey John Barleycorn (Roud 2141) (2.29)
  10. [PG, EU, VG & MI] Here's a Health to the Mistress (Roud 310) (0.55)
  11. [JB] Meux's Porter Vat (1.04)
  12. [JF, VG] A Pot of Porter Oh (2.07)
  13. [EU, VG & PPB] I've Been to France / Here's a Health unto Our Master (1.00)
  14. [RH & PPB] The Man That Waters the Worker's Beer (2.30)
  15. [PB & PPB] October Brew (0.59)
  16. [PG & PPB] John Appleby (Roud 1292) (2.48)
  17. [JB, MS, WR] Epitaph (0.16)
  18. [JF] Charley Mopps (Roud 10678) (2.13)
  19. [EU, VG & PPB] This Is Our Mistress' Health (Roud 21096) (1.00)
  20. [VG & PPB] Michael Blann's Drinking Song (Roud 1988) (3.07)
  21. [MI] The British Toper (1.29)

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Alistair Banfield for the picture of the Guimbarda LP and to Phil Edwards for album details.

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The Tale of Ale—Revisited

The Tale of Ale—Revisited (Free Reed FRRR 19)

The Tale of Ale—Revisited
The continuing story of the English—and their beers
Various Artists

Free Reed Records FRRR 19 (CD, UK, November 2015)

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Scriptwriting and editing by Roger Warren, John Titford and Keith Kendrick;
Recorded at Meadow Farm Studios;
Managed by Stewart Field;
Engineered by Jonathon Cundey;
Final editing by Roger Warren and Jonathon Cundey;
Special thanks to Stainsby Festival which commissioned the very first performance in 2014

Musicians

Musica Inebrieta:
Keith Kendrick, vocals, concertinas, percussions;
Silvia Needham, vocals, Wheatstone concertina;
Sarah Matthews, vocals, violin, viola, percussion;
Doug Eunson, vocals, melodeon, hurdy-gurdy;
Oli Matthews, vocals, clarinet, soprano saxophone;
Peter Bullock, piano, baritone saxophone, clarinet

Readings: Roger Warren, John Titford

Tracks

  1. [PB & MI] Goddesses (1.58)
  2. [RW] “A Welcome to the Tale of Ale” (0.47)
  3. [SM & MI] Bring Us in Good Ale (Roud 203; G/D 3:590) (2.43) / Jolly Good Ale and Old (3.37)
  4. [FT] God-is-Good: The Magic of Yeast (1.19)
  5. [KK, DE & MI] Nottingham Ale (Roud V16327) (3.20) / The Malt's Come Down (Roud V18816) (2.06)
  6. [RW] Andrew Boorde on Ale and Beer (1.46)
  7. [SM & MI] John Barleycorn (Roud 164) (4.42)
  8. [JT] Poem: “He that buys land…” (0.17)
  9. [KK & MI] Oh, Good Ale! (Roud 203) (2.21)
  10. [RW, JT] The Porter Scene from Macbeth, Act 2 Scene 3 (1.24)
  11. [OM & MI] I Likes a Drop of Good Beer (Roud 1502) (2.06)
  12. [JT] Stubbes: The Anatomy of Abuses (1583) I (0.25)
  13. [KK, DE, OM] We Be Soldiers Three (Roud 8340) (1.45)
  14. [JT, RW] Stubbes on Drunkenness: II (1.57)
  15. [SN, PB] Don't Go Out Tonight Dear Father (Roud V9176) (2.56)
  16. [JT, RW] Bickerdyke on Temperance (1.12)
  17. [SN, KK, PB & MI] Songs: Doing the Manch (6.31) / All Through the Ale (Roud 475) (3.46)
  18. [RW, JT] Brewing in London: I (0.59)
  19. [KK & MI] Charley Mopps (Roud 10678) (3.09)
  20. [JT] Brewing in London: II (0.31)
  21. [SN, SM, DE] There's Comfort in a Drop of Gin (Roud V34233) (1.54)
  22. [JT, RW] Brewing in London: III (1.22)
  23. [MI] Sellinger's Round (1.51)
  24. [SN] Some Toasts: I (0.04)
  25. [KK & MI] The Harvest Supper Song (Roud 310) (3.20)
  26. [JT, RW] Some Toasts: II (0.52)
  27. [MI] Stones Morris (1.06)
  28. [JT] The Public House: I (1.17)
  29. [SM & MI] John Appleby (Roud 1292) (3.24)
  30. [RW] The Public House: II (0.30)
  31. [DE & MI] The Man That Waters the Worker's Beer (2.36)
  32. [JT] The Public House: III (1.23)
  33. [KK, SN, DE, SM, OM] (They're Knockin' 'em Down) The Old Pubs (1.58)
  34. [RW] Closing Speech: “The fight goes on” (2.04)
  35. [KK, PB & MI] From the Old Half Moon to the Rising Sun (2.36) / Barman's Waistcoat (1.27)

Track 17a Keith Marsden;
Track 35a Arky's Toast;
Track 35b Keith Kendrick