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Merlin's Isle of Gramarye

Peter Bellamy: Merlin's Isle of Gramarye (Argo ZFB 81)

Merlin's Isle of Gramarye
More songs from the “Puck” stories by Rudyard Kipling
Peter Bellamy

Argo Records ZFB 81 (LP, UK, November 1972)
Talking Elephant TECD178 (CD, UK, May 23, 2011)

After Oak, Ash & Thorn, Peter Bellamy sings poems from Rudyard Kipling's books Puck of Pook's Hill and Rewards and Fairies. The album's title is from Puck's Song.

Recorded at Decca Studios, London, June 1972 by Iain Churches;
Produced by Kevin Daly;
Cover drawing and sleeve notes by Peter Bellamy

See also folkcatalogue's blog on Merlin's Isle of Gramarye.

Musicians

Peter Bellamy, vocals, guitar [7], flints [8], concertina [13];
Nic Jones, fiddle [1, 3, 6, 10, 12, 14], chorus vocals [8, 15];
Chris Birch, harmony vocals [2], bass harmony [9], violin [9];
Anthea Bellamy, harmony vocals [2];
Dik Cadbury, counter-tenor [5, 9];
Peter Hall, lute [5];
Dolly Collins, portative organ [5, 9];
Dave Arthur, bodhrán [7];
Mike Edmonds, Fred Woods, chorus vocals [8, 15];

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Puck's Song (2.50)
  2. A Smuggler's Song (Henry H494) (3.09)
  3. The Run of the Downs (1.16)
  4. Eddi's Service (2.16)
  5. The Queen's Men (3.07)
  6. The Bee-Boy's Song (1.20)
  7. Harp Song of the Dane Women (3.02)
  8. Song of the Men's Side (2.17)
  1. The Heavens Above Us (An Astrologer's Song) (4.37)
  2. Prophets at Home (1.00)
  3. Who Shall Judge the Lord? (A Carol) (2.10)
  4. St Helena (A St Helena Lullaby) (2.50)
  5. The Way Through the Woods (1.45)
  6. The Bricklayer and the Shipwright (A Truthful Song) (3.28)
  7. Song of the Red War-Boat (3.25)

All tracks Rudyard Kipling, Peter Bellamy except
Tracks 3, 11 Rudyard Kipling, trad. arr. Peter Bellamy

A re-recording of track 13 (recorded by Nigel Schofield) was published in 2001 on Mr Bellamy, Mr Kipling & the Tradition