Fellside Records

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Fellside Records is a record label formed by Paul Adams and Linda Adams in 1976 in Workington, Cumbria, and still run by them. Paul had toured semi-professionally with the Barry Skinner Folk Group in his teens. Paul and Linda married in 1974. Starting as a folk/acoustic label. They issued jazz under the name "Lake" and children's records as "small folk". In 2007, BBC radio celebrated the company with a program called "30 Years of Fellside". The magazine "The Living Tradition" wrote "Bravo! Here's to the next thirty!". Three of their acts, 'John Spiers & Jon Boden', 'Nancy Kerr & James Fagan', and 'Kirsty McGee' were nominated for BBC Folk Awards and two of the acts were winners on the night.

Most of the Fellside catalogue was recorded and produced by Paul Adams which is an amazing achievement. The label has won many awards including 12 For Excellence from the Music Retailers Association. Paul Adams is widely regarded as one of the best recording engineers for acoustic music of his generation. Linda Adams' role as the office manager has meant that her singing skills have taken a back seat, but she is one of the best singers around and could have been the Kate Rusby of her day. A natural harmony singer she has over the years contented herself with the occasional track on a compilation or added harmonies to other peoples' albums

The Amazon website lists over 130 titles still in print, including albums by Spiers and Boden, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, Dr Faustus, 422, Fribo, Hughie Jones, A. L. Lloyd, Peter Bellamy, James Keelaghan, Clive Gregson, The Queensberry Rules, Jez Lowe, Last Orders, Bram Taylor, and Grace Notes. Their anthologies have included songs by Maddy Prior, Richard Thompson, Frankie Armstrong, John Kirkpatrick and Martin Carthy. The company is probably among the top five labels for traditional music in the UK.

On the jazz side, Lake Records is the leading UK label specialising in British Traditional and Mainstram Jazz. Their roster includes George Melly, Digby Fairweather, Ottilie Patterson, Phil Mason, John Hallam, The Fryer-Barnhart International All Star Jazz Band, The Savannah Jazz Band, Spats Langham, Debbie Arthurs and Keith Nichols. In 2004 they started reissuing recordings from the defunct jazz label "Record Supervision". This included the reissue of deleted albums by Humphrey Lyttelton, Acker Bilk, Alex Welsh, Ken Colyer, Chris Barber, Terry Lightfoot, Sandy Brown, and Archie Semple. "Singsong" described this set of reissues as "A milestone in British jazz". They have a 'Vintage' Series as well as a series recorded at the legendary Dancing Slipper Jazz Club in Nottingham in the 1960s. "Lake" has won a "BT British Jazz Award" and Paul was nominated for a "BBC Jazz Award".

The Catalogue[edit]

  • Terry Docherty: "The Teller of Tales" (FE001)
  • The Border Country Dance Band: "The Border Fiddler" (FECD3)
  • Sisters Unlimited: "No Bed of Roses" (FECD10)
  • Martyn Wyndham-Read: "Emu Plains" (FECD27)
  • "Selection From the Penguin Book Of English Folk Songs" (various artists) (FECD47)
  • Ken Campbell: Going Solo (FE063)
  • Cockersdale: "Doin' The Manch" (FECD72)
  • Jez Lowe: "Briefly on the Street" (FECD79)
  • Gill Bowman: "City Love" (FECD80)
  • Hughie Jones: "Hughie' Ditty Bag" (FECD81)
  • "English Traditional songs" (various artists) (FECD87)
  • Ian Walker & Setana: "Crossing the Borderlines" (FECD88)
  • The Paul Brennan Band: "Fire In the Soul" (FECD90)
  • Wizz and Simeon Jones: "Late Nights and Long Days" (FECD91)
  • Bram Taylor: "Further Horizons" (FECD92)
  • Christine Kidd: "Heading home" (FECD93)
  • Jez Lowe: "Bede Weeps" (FECD94)
  • Heather Innes: "Coaineadh - Songs From the Heart" (FECD99)
  • Cockersdale: "Been Around For Years" (FECD101)
  • Martyn Wyndham-Read: "Sunlit Plains" (FECD102)
  • Peter Oakley: "Ghost In The City" (FECD103)
  • Sisters Unlimited: "No Bed of Roses" (FECD104)
  • Sandra and Nancy Kerr: "Neat and complete" (FECD107)
  • Bob Fox and Benny Graham: "How Are you Off For Coals?" (FECD111)
  • The Rufus Crisp Experience: "Chickens Are a-Crowing" (FECD113)
  • Martyn Wyndham-Read & No-Man's Band: "Beneath a Southern Sky" (FECD115)
  • Frankie Armstrong: "'Till the Grass O'ergrew The Corn" (FECD116)
  • Gordeanna McCulloch: "Sheath & Knife" (FECD117)
  • Keith Kendrick: "Home Ground" (FECD118)
  • Liliana Bertolo, Evelyne Girardon, Sandra Kerr: "Voice Union" (FECD119)
  • Bram Taylor: "Pick Of The Grinner" (FECD120)
  • The John Wright Band: "Other Roads" (FECD121)
  • Bob Davenport & The Rakes: "The Red Haired Lad" (FECD122)
  • Cockersdale: "Wide Open skies" (FECD123)
  • Bob Fox & Stu Luckley: "Box Of Gold" (FECD124)
  • "Wassail! - A Traditional Celebration of an English Midwinter" (various artists) (FECD125)
  • Grace Notes: "Red Wine & Promises" (FECD126)
  • Nancy Kerr & James Fagan: "Starry Gazy Pie" (FECD127)
  • Keith Hills: "Recovery" (FECD128)
  • Gordon Tyrrall: "A Distance From the Town" (FECD129)
  • Peggy Seeger & Irene Scott: "Almost commercially viable" (FECD130)
  • "Fyre & Sword - Songs Of The Border Reivers" (Various artists) (FECD131)
  • Ushna: "Twice Brewed" (FECD132)
  • Rick Kemp: "Spies" (FECD133)
  • Steve Tilston: "Solorubato" (FECD134)
  • John Conolly & Peter Summer: "TRawlertown" (FECD135)
  • Simon Haworth: "Coast To Coast" (FECD136)
  • Sandra Kerr, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan: "Scalene" (FECD137)
  • Buz Collins: "Water And Rain" (FECD139)
  • "Rolling Down to Old Maui" (various artists) (FECD140)
  • Clive Gregson: "Happy Hour" (FECD141)
  • Kathy Stewart: "Celestial Shoes" (FECD142)
  • Johnny Silvo & Diz Disley: "Blues In The Back Yard" (FECD143)
  • Frankie Armstrong: "The Garden of Love" (FECD144)
  • Nancy Kerr & James Fagan: "Steely Water" (FECD145)
  • Martyn Wyndham-Read and No Man's Band: "Beyond The Red Horizon" (FECD146)
  • Hugh Jones: "Seascape" (FECD147)
  • Bram Taylor: "The Bram Taylor Collection - Singing!" (FECD148)
  • Mad Hatter: "Grand Hotel" (FECD149)
  • Tryckster: "When the Stone Is Exposed" (FECD150)
  • Frankie Armstrong: "Lovely On The Water" (FECD151)
  • Sandra Kerr: "Yellow, Red And Gold" (FECD152)
  • 422: "One" (FECD153)
  • Alistair McCulloch: "Highly Strung" (FECD154)
  • Peta Webb & Ken Hall: "As close As Can Be" (FECD155)
  • "Flash Company" (various artists) (FECD156)
  • Martyn Wyndham-Read and No Man's Band: "Where Ravens Feed" (FECD157)
  • "Voices In Harmony: English Traditional Songs" (various artists) (FECD158)
  • Bram Taylor: "Fragile Peace" (FECD159)
  • Swan Arcade: "Round Again" (FECD160)
  • John Spiers & Jon Boden: "Through And Through" (FECD161)
  • Peter Bellamy: "Mr Bellamy, Mr Kipling and the Tradition" (FECD162)
  • Grace Notes: "Anchored To the time" (FECD163)
  • Little Johnny England: "Little Johnny England" (FECD165)
  • Little Johnny England: "Marcs & Cherokees" (FECD166)
  • Nancy Kerr & James Fagan: "Between the Dark and Light" (FECD167)
  • Altar Native: "Cumbria Odyssey" (FECD168)
  • Clive Gregson: "Carousel Of Noise" (FECD169)
  • Roy Harris: "The Rambling Soldier" (FECD17)
  • Kirsty McGhee: "Honeysuckle" (FECD170)
  • 422: "New Numbers" (FECD171)
  • Simon Haworth: "Taking Routes" (FECD172)
  • A. L. Lloyd: "England & Her Traditional Songs" (FECD173)
  • Andy May: "The Yellow Haired Laddie" (FECD174)
  • John Spiers & Jon Boden: "Bellow" (FECD175)
  • "Song Links" (various artists) (FECD176D) (double album)
  • Dr Faustus: "The First Cut" (FECD177)
  • Folkestra North: "Folkestra North" (FECD178)
  • Alistair McCulloch: "Wired up" (FECD179)
  • Witches of Elswick: "Out of Bed" (FECD180)
  • Clive Gregson: "Long Story Short" (FECD184)
  • Ed Rennie: "Narrative" (FECD185)
  • Jon Loomes: "Fearful Symmetry" (FECD186)
  • Pete Bellamy: "Fair Annie" (FECD187)
  • Hoghton Band: "The Hoghton Band Collection" (FECD188)
  • Dr Faustus: "Wager" (FECD189)
  • "Song Links 2" (various artists) (FECD190D) (Double album)
  • 422: "Major third" (FECD191)
  • John Spiers & Jon Boden: "Tunes" (FECD192)
  • Spiers & Boden: "Songs" (FECD194)
  • Martyn Wyndham-Read & No Man's Band: "Oceans In The Sky" (FECD197)
  • Hughie Jones: "Liverpool Connexions" (FECD198)
  • Nancy Kerr & James Fagan: "Strands of Gold" (FECD199)
  • Tom Kitching & Gren Bartley: "Rushes" (FECD202)
  • "Landmarks: 30 Years of a leading Folk music Label" (various artists) (FECD203)
  • Tom Kitching & Gren Bartley "Boundary" (FECD222)
  • Pilgrims' Way "Wayside Courtesies" (FECD239)
  • A.L.Lloyd "Bramble Briars And Beams Of The Sun" (FECD240)
  • Pilgrims' Way: "Shining Gently All Around" (FPDL1)
  • Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick: "Walnut Creek" (FECD 243)
  • Gren Bartley: "Songs To Scythe Back The Overgrown" (FECD247)
  • Peter Bellamy: "The Barack Room Ballads Of Rudyard Kipling" (FECD253)

The FTSR series of albums

  • Johnny Collins: "The Early Years" (FTSR1)
  • "Trip To Harrowgate" (various artists) (FTSR2)
  • "Enlist For a Sailor" (various artists) (FTSR3)
  • "The Bold Navigators" (various artists) (FTSR4)
  • "Seasons, Ceremonies & Rituals" (various artists) (FTSR5)

Jazz albums on "Lake"

  • The Controversial Bruce Turner: "That's the Blues, Dad" (LACD49)
  • "The Great Revival - Traditional Jazz 1949 - 58" (various artists) (LACD136)
  • "The Great Revival - Traditional Jazz 1949 - 58 Vol 4" (various artists) (LACD137)
  • "The Great Revival - Traditional Jazz 1949 - 58 Vol 5" (various artists) (LACD158)
  • Bruce Turner Jump Band: "Jumpin' For Joy" (LACD159)
  • Dutch Swing college Band: "Vintage Vol 1 1948 - 49" (LACD177)
  • Bruce Turner: "The Jump Band Collection" (LACD184)
  • Ken Colyer's Jazzmen: "New Orleans to London & Back to The Delta" (LACD209)
  • Chris Barber's Jazz Band: "International classic concerts" (LAVCD210D) (double album)
  • T.J. Johnson: "TJ Johnson Presents Bourbon Kick" (LACD214)
  • Alex Welsh And His Band: "Echoes of Chicago" (LACD215)
  • Humphry Lyttelton & his Band: "Blues In The Night" (LACD216)
  • Sims Wheen vintage Jazz: "Band High Spirits" (LACD217)
  • Aker Bilk & The Stan Tracey Big Brass: "Blue Acker" (LACD218)
  • Chris Barber's Jazz Band: "Best Yet!" (LACD219)
  • Chris Barber's Jazz Band: "Jazz Sacred and Secular" (LACD222)
  • Ruby Braff with Alex Welsh & his Band: "Ruby Braff with Alex Welsh & his Band" (LACD223)
  • Monty Sunshine's Jazz Band: "A Jazz Club Session" (LACD224)
  • Harry Gold & His Pieces of Eight: "Bouncing Back" (LACD225)
  • Spats Langham & Martin Litton: "Lollipops" (LACD226)
  • Buck Clayton with Humphry Little & his Band: "Le Vrai Buck clayton" (LACD227)
  • Ken Colyer's Jazzmen & skiffle Group: "Ken Colyer 1956" (LACD241)
  • Chris Barber's Jazz Band: "Chris Barber 1956" (LACD246)
  • "The Traditional Jazz Clarinet Collection" (various artists) (LACS2)
  • "The Traditional Jazz New Orleans Collection" (various artists) (LACS4)

The themed albums[edit]

  • "English Traditional songs" (various artists) (FECD87)
All the singers here are what are termed Revival singers having come into this style of singing through the folk song revival. Many were probably influenced by singing traditions within their own families, but they have also turned to books, recordings and other revival singers as well as the whole gamut of 20th Century musical culture, to develop their style. They will also have used as their focal point what are termed "source" singers: people who have grown up in a culture where singing songs (traditional or otherwise) was part of the life which went on around them. Various source singers are mentioned in the notes to the songs and the listener is encouraged to seek out what recordings are available. There are almost four generations of revival singers represented here: starting with the late A.L. Lloyd, on to Cyril Tawney, Hughie Jones and Martin Carthy to Jez Lowe and The Wilson Family right up to young singers such as Damien Barber and Eliza Carthy who have joined the continuum. It is hard to find a stereotype folk singer here. A wide variety of styled and techniques are used. All have absorbed from, and paid their dues to, the tradition. This album does not set out to represent all types of traditional songs. The singers were asked to contribute a song of their choice. In fact you will find examples of sea songs, broken token ballads, rustic idylls, industrial ballads, ritual songs and classic ballads. The sources include songs from the early collections of Cecil Sharp, from the continuing traditions of families such as the Coppers from Sussex and from other singers who are still alive. Are traditional songs relevant today? This subject could occupy many pages, but suffice it to say that you will find in these songs madness, abduction, sex, transvestites, songs about work, tall tales, love, war and all the other things we read about in our daily papers which have interested folk for centuries.
  • "Rolling Down to Old Maui" (various artists) (FECD140)
The traditional songs of this association with the sea can be divided into three types: work songs (usually called Shanties), fo'csle songs (songs sung by mariners in their leisure time) and shore songs (about the sea, ships, sailors etc but probably originating on land). Such divisions can be very arbitrary and there could be a fair amount of cross-over. The approach with all these songs has not been to go for authenticity. They have been treated as songs for singing and/or listening to. Where appropriate we have indicated the type of job for which a particular song in its original form would be used. For anyone interested in shanties the best text on the subject is Shanties Of The Seven Seas by Stan Hugill.
  • "Song Links" (various artists) (FECD176D) (double album)
'Song Links' is a project that was conceived when Martin Wyndham-Read realised that certain Australian traditional songs were related to those of the British Isles. The history of Australia is of course tied to that of the British Isles, and with so many people having come from there to Australia, voluntarily or involuntarily, many of their songs have inevitably travelled with them. Often these songs would have been the only source of solace to the convicts, early settlers, migrants, or goldrushers. It could be, for instance, that a Sussex shepherd, transported for some petty crime, took with him the knowledge of the Bonny Bunch Of Roses-O, and sang it to others. Over time, the words altered as they were passed along orally and people forgot or mentally re-wrote certain parts, so that for instance the phrase "beaten by the drifting snow" has become replaced by "overpowered by grief and woe"; but the basic structure of the song has remained the same. Such a combination of differences and common elements makes the comparison between Australian versions of these songs and their counterparts from the British Isles a fascinating study.
  • "Trip To Harrowgate" (various artists) (FTSR2)
Tunes & songs from Joshua Jackson's book - 1798. In Yorkshire lives a family called Jackson, millers and farmers in the Harrogate area for many generations. Fiddler ancestor Joshua Jackson kept a manuscript book from the late 1700s, with tunes, dance instructions and songs, and it is some of these which have been recorded here. With fiddle, concertina, mandolin, harmonium, small pipes, whistle, melodeon, banjo, guitar, and vocals a grand album has been produced. A piece of musical history with a strong Yorkshire accent.
  • "Enlist For a Sailor" (various artists) (FTSR3)
Not just pretty old songs about muskets and cockades, swordsmen and battle chargers, but the stark reality of current loss of life in Ireland, and the ridiculous atrocities of the Falklands War. Gunners, light horsemen, female drummers, foul sergeants, conscription and present-day insanities. Three hundred years and more of soldiering songs sung to appropriately stark accompaniment.
  • "The Bold Navigators" (various artists) (FTSR4)
The Story of England's Canals in Song. The period from the early 1760s through to the 1800s was a time of massive expansion of the English canal network - the motorway system of the day. The navvies recorded their triumphs, and more frequent trials and tribulations, in song. Recorded mainly in 1974 and now re-released, The Bold Navigators records the difficulties, the dreams, the realities and the results - a fascinating album of folk-song in its socio-historical setting.
  • "Seasons, Ceremonies & Rituals" (various artists) (FTSR5)
Here is an album which places the songs - most of them Northern English - in their seasonal context. Such favourites as The Boar's Head Carol, Trunkles, and Country Garden are joined by other less well-known songs played and sung by local artistes.

External links[edit]

  • Peter Bellamy
Peter Bellamy
  • The Border Country Dance Band
Border Country Dance Band
  • Cockersdale
  • Buz Collins
Buz Collins
  • Johnny Collins
Johnny Collins
  • Bob Davenport & The Rakes
Bob Davenport & the Rakes
  • Terry Docherty
Terry Docherty
  • Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
  • 422
  • Folkestra North
Folkestra North
  • Grace Notes
Grace Notes (1)
Grace Notes (2)
  • Roy Harris
Roy Harris
  • Simon Haworth
Simon Haworth
  • Heather Innes
Heather Innes
  • Hughie Jones
Hughie Jones
  • Rick Kemp
Rick Kemp
  • Keith Kendrick
Keith Kendrick
  • Christine Kidd
Christine Kidd
  • Tom Kitching
Tom Kitching
  • Little Johnny England
Little Johnny England
  • Jon Loomes
Jon Loomes
  • Gordeanna McCulloch
Gordeanna McCulloch
  • Kirsty McGhee
Kirsty McGhee
  • Andy May
Andy May
  • Pilgrims' Way
Pilgrims' Way
  • The Rufus Crisp Experience
Rufus Crisp Experience
  • Johnny Silvo
Johnny Silvo
  • Sisters Unlimited
Sisters Unlimited
  • Kathy stewart
Kathy Stewart
  • Tryckster
  • Ushna
  • Peta Webb & Ken Hall
Peta Webb & Ken Hall
  • Witches of Elswick
Witches of Elswick
  • The John Wright Band
John Wright Band
  • Martyn Wyndham-Read & No Man's Band
Martyn wyndham-Read

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