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The Old Songs
The Old Songs
Greenwich Village Records GVR 225 (LP, UK, 1984)
Recorded at Foel Studios, Llanfair, Caereinion, Powys during February 1984
Engineered by Brian Snelling
Mastered at P.R.T. Studios, London by Tony Bridge
Photography by Nigel Gatward, West Street Studios
Sleeve design by Chris Groom
Hand-lettering by Meryl Upton
Martin Carthy, vocals [1, 4, 8, 10-11];
Martyn Wyndham-Read, vocals [2, 5, 7, 10];
John Kirkpatrick, concertina, vocals [3, 9-10];
Sue Harris, hammered dulcimer [6, 8];
Maggie Goodall, vocals [1, 4, 6-7, 9-10, 12];
Mick Doonan, flute;
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Tracks 1, 4, 8, 11 trad. arr. Martin Carthy;
Tracks 2, 5, 7, 10 trad. arr. Martyn Wyndham-Read;
Track 3 trad. arr. Sue Harris;
Track 6 trad. arr. Sue Harris, Maggie Goodall;
Tracks 9, 12 trad. arr. Maggie Goodall
Sleeve Notes by Martyn Wyndham-Read
Some notes just for the record. I've had this one in mind for a few years, and with the help of Martin, John, Sue, Maggie, Mick and Bob, Brian & Keith, it has finally appeared. Without their huge enthusiasm, and professionalism, it would just have stayed a nutmeg on a pear tree. My heart-felt thanks to all concerned.
These are all “old songs” that most of us will have learnt at school or in our early years, and are often our first encounter with “Folk Songs”. I believe that they have stood the test of time, and also of some of the treatments they have had to endure. We have performed them with instruments not generally associated with their other musical arrangements—hammered dulcimer, concertina, Irish pipes, Northumbrian pipes, melodeon, whistle, and guitar; we hope thereby that the younger generation will hear these sounds and become interested, and that they will want to discover more about traditional music and songs, and the wide range encompassed by the label “Folk”. But this record is not aimed solely at the young; it is meant for the enjoyment of all.
These songs were obtained from the vast collections of folk songs in the library of Cecil Sharp House, London.
I hope that you will have as much enjoyment with this record as we have had in the making of it.