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The Wide Midlands

The Wide Midlands (Topic 12TS210)

The Wide Midlands
Songs, Stories and Tunes from the Central Countries
Various Artists

Topic Records 12TS210 (LP, UK, 1971)

Recorded by Dick Swettenham in Birmingham in 1971;
Produced by Roy Palmer;
Sleeve notes by Roy Palmer;
Sleeve design by Paul Hipkiss and David Hart

Musicians

Pete Coe, Mick Brantwich, Les Lions, vocals [1];
Chris Richards, vocals [1, 12];
Adrian Morris, whistle [1];
Jim Heywood, tuber [1];
Helena Iver, tenor drum [1];
Julie West, vocals [2];
Roy Palmer, vocals [2-3];
Martyn Briggs, banjo [2];
Mick Nash, guitar [2];
John Rose, fiddle [4, 13];
Paul Hook, guitar [4, 13];
Graham Langley, vocals [5, 16];
Doreen Davis, Steve Lyne, vocals [5];
Pam Bishop, vocals [5, 10], guitar [8], concertina [9], whistle [14];
The Singing Tradition (Julie West, Martyn Briggs, Bob Lapworth, Mick Nash), vocals [6, 11];
Tom Langley, story-telling [7, 15];
Richard Hamilton, vocals [8];
John Wrench, mouth organ [8], guitar [9, 16];
Dave Rogers, vocals [9];
Chris Rogers, vocals [10];
Chris Richards, vocals [12];
Joan Smith, vocals [14];
Bob Etheridge, vocals [16]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [PC, CRi, MB, LL] The Dudley Boys (Roud 1131) (4.15)
  2. [JW, RP] When Shall We Get Married, John? (Roud 313) (2.24)
  3. [RP, chorus] The Slap-Bum Tailor (Roud V6012) (2.14)
  4. [JR, PH] Swaggering Boney / The Black Joke (1.51)
  5. [GH, DD, PB, SL] Stop That Clock / Early in the Morning / When You Get Up in the Morning (0.53)
  6. [ST] Jolly Joe the Collier's Son (Roud 1129) (2.04)
  7. [TL] Owd Never Could (3.06)
  8. [RH] I Can't Find Brummagem (2.36)
  1. [DR, chorus] The Birmingham Jack of All Trades (Roud 3017) (3.52)
  2. [CRo, PB] The Nailmakers' Strike (2.13)
  3. [ST] The Old Miner (Roud 1136) (2.09)
  4. [CRi] Birmingham Sally (2.13)
  5. [JR, PH] Buffoon / Staffordshire Hornpipe (2.25)
  6. [JS] Aye for Saturday Night (Roud 5701) (1.15)
  7. [TL] The Aston Villa Supporter (2.48)
  8. [GL, BE] Motor Trade Workers (2.55)