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The Young Tradition: The Young Tradition: The Young Tradition (Transatlantic TRA 142)

The Young Tradition
The Young Tradition

Transatlantic TRA 142 (LP, UK, 1966)

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Recorded by Nathan Joseph and Bill Leader, 1966.
Produced by Nathan Joseph.

Note: The American Vanguard issue of The Young Tradition, in spite of having the same name and cover picture, is in fact a compilation of tracks from this album and from So Cheerfully Round.

Musicians

Peter Bellamy, vocals [1-7, 11], chorus [9];
Heather Wood, vocals [1-2, 4-7, 9-11];
Royston Wood, vocals [1-2, 5-9, 11]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Byker Hill (Roud 3488) (1.55)
  2. The Bold Fisherman (Roud 291; Laws O24; G/D 4:834) (4.25)
  3. Betsy the Serving Maid (Roud 156; Laws M20; G/D 6:1094) (3.07)
  4. Henry the Poacher (Roud 221) (4.38)
  5. Lyke Wake Dirge (Roud 8194) (2.45)
  1. Banks of Claudy (Roud 266; Laws N40; G/D 5:1036; Henry H5, H693) (2.46)
  2. The Innocent Hare (Roud 1216) (2.45)
  3. Dives and Lazarus (Roud 477; Child 56) (5.33)
  4. Derry Down Fair (Roud 171; G/D 7:1485) (2.53)
  5. The Truth Sent from Above (Roud 2109) (1.45)
  6. Pretty Nancy of Yarmouth (Roud 407) (1.42)

Tracks 1-2, 8-11 trad. arr. Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood;
Tracks 3-4 trad. arr. Harry Cox, Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood;
Track 5 Hans Fried, trad. arr. Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood;
Tracks 6-7 trad. arr. The Copper Family, Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood

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So Cheerfully Round

The Young Tradition: So Cheerfully Round (Transatlantic TRA 155)

So Cheerfully Round
The Young Tradition

Transatlantic TRA 155 (LP, UK, 1967)

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Recorded by Bill Leader at Livingston Studios, 1967

Musicians

Peter Bellamy, vocals [1-2, 4-8, 10-11];
Heather Wood, vocals [1-4, 6-8, 10-11];
Royston Wood, vocals [1-2, 4, 6-7, 9-11]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Daddy Fox (Roud 131; G/D 3:499; Henry H38) (3.12)
  2. The Season Round (Roud 169) (4.01)
  3. The Bold Dragoon (Roud 321; Laws M27) (2.19)
  4. Watercress-O (3.08)
  5. The Old Miser (Roud 3913) (3.52)
  6. The Foxhunt (Roud 190) (1.40)
  1. Knight William (Roud 67; Child 110; G/D 7:1465) (4.43)
  2. The Single Man's Warning (Roud 4744) (2.33)
  3. The Pretty Ploughboy (Roud 186; Laws M24; G/D 1:170; Henry H105) (4.01)
  4. The Hungry Child (3.49)
  5. The Whitsuntide Carol (Roud 3186) (2.19)

Tracks 1, 6-8 trad. arr. Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood;
Tracks 2-3 trad. arr. The Copper Family, Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood;
Track 4 Roger Watson;
Track 9 trad. arr. Harry Cox, Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood;
Track 10 Judith Piepe;
Track 11 trad. arr. Thomas Coningsby, Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood

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The Young Tradition

The Young Tradition: The Young Tradition (Vanguard VSD 79246)

The Young Tradition
The Young Tradition

Vanguard VRS 8246 (LP, USA, 1967)
Vanguard VSD 79246 (LP, USA, 1967)

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Even if this American issue has the same name and title picture as the Young Tradition's eponymous first LP, it is actually a compilation of tracks from both The Young Tradition and So Cheerfully Round.

Musicians

Peter Bellamy, vocals [1-4, 6-7, 9-14], chorus [8];
Heather Wood, vocals [1-12, 14];
Royston Wood, vocals [1-4, 6-12, 14]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Innocent Hare (Roud 1216) (2.45)
  2. Lyke Wake Dirge (Roud 8194) (2.45)
  3. Byker Hill (Roud 3488) (1.55)
  4. Knight William and the Shepherd's Daughter (Roud 67; Child 110; G/D 7:1465) (4.43)
  5. The Truth Sent from Above (Roud 2109) (1.45)
  6. The Single Man's Warning (Roud 4744) (2.33)
  7. Banks of Claudy (Roud 266; Laws N40; G/D 5:1036; Henry H5, H693) (2.46)
  1. Derry Down Fair (Roud 171; G/D 7:1485) (2.52)
  2. The Foxhunt (Roud 190) (1.38)
  3. The Hungry Child (3.44)
  4. Pretty Nancy of Yarmouth (Roud 407) (1.39)
  5. Watercress-O (3.08)
  6. The Old Miser (Roud 3913) (3.52)
  7. The Whitsuntide Carol (Roud 3186) (2.19)

Tracks 1-3, 5, 7-8, 11 from The Young Tradition;
Tracks 4, 6, 9-10, 12-14 from So Cheerfully Round

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The Young Tradition / So Cheerfully Round

The Young Tradition: The Young Tradition / So Cheerfully Round (Castle ESMCD 409)

The Young Tradition / So Cheerfully Round
The Young Tradition

Castle Music ESMCD 409 (CD, UK, 1996)

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This is a compilation of the Young Tradition's first two LP's, The Young Tradition and So Cheerfully Round.

Musicians

Peter Bellamy, vocals [1-7, 11-13, 15-19, 21-22], chorus [8];
Heather Wood, vocals [1-2, 4-7, 9, 11-15, 17-19, 21-22];
Royston Wood, vocals [1-2, 5-9, 11-13, 15, 17-18, 20-22]

Tracks

The Young Tradition So Cheerfully Round
  1. Byker Hill (Roud 3488) (1.55)
  2. The Bold Fisherman (Roud 291; Laws O24; G/D 4:834) (4.25)
  3. Betsy the Serving Maid (Roud 156; Laws M20; G/D 6:1094) (3.07)
  4. Henry the Poacher (Roud 221) (4.38)
  5. Lyke Wake Dirge (Roud 8194) (2.45)
  6. Banks of Claudy (Roud 266; Laws N40; G/D 5:1036; Henry H5, H693) (2.46)
  7. The Innocent Hare (Roud 1216) (2.45)
  8. Dives and Lazarus (Roud 477; Child 56) (5.33)
  9. Derry Down Fair (Roud 171; G/D 7:1485) (2.53)
  10. The Truth Sent from Above (Roud 2109) (1.45)
  11. Pretty Nancy of Yarmouth (Roud 407) (1.42)
  1. Daddy Fox (Roud 131; G/D 3:499; Henry H38) (3.12)
  2. The Season Round (Roud 169) (4.01)
  3. The Bold Dragoon (Roud 321; Laws M27) (2.19)
  4. Watercress-O (3.08)
  5. The Old Miser (Roud 3913) (3.52)
  6. The Foxhunt (Roud 190) (1.40)
  7. Knight William (Roud 67; Child 110; G/D 7:1465) (4.43)
  8. The Single Man's Warning (Roud 4744) (2.33)
  9. The Pretty Ploughboy (Roud 186; Laws M24; G/D 1:170; Henry H105) (4.01)
  10. The Hungry Child (3.49)
  11. The Whitsuntide Carol (Roud 3186) (2.19)

Tracks 1-2, 8-12, 17-19 trad. arr. Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood;
Track 3-4, 20 trad. arr. Harry Cox, Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood;
Track 5 Hans Fried, trad. arr. Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood;
Tracks 6-7, 13-14 trad. arr. The Copper Family, Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood;
Track 15 Roger Watson;
Track 21 Judith Piepe;
Track 22 trad. arr. Thomas Coningsby, Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood

Sleeve Notes

When Peter Bellamy, Royston Wood and Heather Wood formed The Young Tradition in the mid-sixties, they created a unique synthesis of the new energies thrown up by the folk revival and the English tradition of unaccompanied harmony singing. The group's electrifying (but not electrified) performance of a huge repertoire of traditional songs was successfully translated to the interpretations on their three Transatlantic albums released between 1966 and 1968. Sadly, both Peter Bellamy and Royston Wood are no longer with us, but Heather Wood continues to sing in clubs in the USA, where she now lives. And the group's legacy continues to enrich the generation of singers currently emerging, a generation calling itself “Young Tradition”.
Laurence Aston

It was a case of being in the right place at the right time: London in the Swinging Sixties. But instead of being into rock'n'roll, we were into traditional English folk music. The Young Tradition happened by accident. Peter and Royston met when they were both camping on a friend's floor, and started making harmonies together. I ran into them at a folk club (there were two or three a night back then) and just joined in from the audience. Then people started offering us gigs. We travelled all over the UK and did four tours in Canada and the US.

We made up our own harmonies, which owed much to The Copper Family, but also came from our other musical loves. For Royston, it was classical music. For me, it was the Everly Brothers and years of school and church choirs. We were three very definite individuals, but we came firmly together on one thing—we loved the music. We had a great deal of fun, we saw a lot of places, and we made many friends. These days, you can find me on the Internet:
Heather Wood, April 1996.