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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. Fellside, along with Topic Records, are the two most significant and longest serving record labels for traditional music in the UK.

On the jazz side, Lake Records is the most significant 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 Fellside catalogue - LPs[edit]

  • FE001 Terry Docherty - Teller Of Tales. 1976
  • FE002 The Best Of BBC Radio Carlisle’s Folk Workshop. 1976
  • FE003 Geoff Purvis - The Border Fiddler. 1976
  • FE004 Dave Walters - Comes Sailing In. 1977
  • FE005 Farmstead - The Sheep & The Hay. 1977
  • FE006 Paul & Linda Adams - Among The Old Familiar Mountains, 1978
  • FE007 The Border Country Dance Band. 1977
  • FE008 Robbie Ellis - Under Beacon’s Brow. 1977
  • FE009 Brian Dewhurst - Follow That With Your Sealions. 1977
  • FE010 The Packmen’s Blue Album. 1977
  • FE011 Barry Skinner with Geoff Lakeman - Bushes & Briars. 1978
  • FE012 The Wassailers. 1978
  • FE013 Various Artists - Canny Cumberland. 1979
  • FE014 Greg Stephens & Crookfinger Jack - The Beggar Boy Of the North. 1979
  • FE015 The Rockytops - Life Can Be Beautiful. 1978
  • FE016 The Gateway Jazzband with George Chisholm. 1979
  • FE017 Roy Harris - The Rambling Soldier. 1979
  • FE018 Steve Turner - Outstack. 1979
  • FE019 Woodbine Lizzie By Numbers. 1979
  • FE020 The Border Dance Band at Gretna Hall. 1980
  • FE021 Colin Thompson - Three Knights. 1980
  • FE022 An Evening With Hoghton Band. 1980
  • FE023 Jez Lowe. 1980
  • FE024 Pat Knowles - Standard Settings. 1980
  • FE025 A Night Out with Woodbine Lizzie. 1981
  • FE026 Gerry Hallom - Travellin’ Down The Castlereagh. 1981
  • FE027 Martyn Wyndham-Read - Emu Plains. 1981
  • FE028 Hoghton Band - Dance & Enjoy The Pride Of Lancashire. 1981
  • FE029 Rob Gordon’s Fourth Caledonian Ball. 1982
  • FE030 Steve Turner - Jigging One Now. 1982
  • FE031 Sara Grey & Ellie Ellis - A Breath Of Fresh Air. 1982
  • FE032 Peter Bellamy - Keep On Kipling. 1982
  • FE033 Bobby Eaglesham - Weather The Storm. 1982
  • FE034 Jez Lowe - The Old Durham Road. 1983
  • FE035 Jolly Jack - Rolling Down To old Maui. 1983
  • FE036 Gerry Hallom - A Run A Minute. 1983
  • FE037 Swan Arcade - Together Forever. 1983
  • FE038 Richard Grainger - Herbs On The Heart. 1984
  • FE039 Sara Grey & Ellie Ellis - Making The Air Resound. 1984
  • FE040 Hoghton Band Play Your Requests. 1984
  • FE041 Bram Taylor - Bide A While. 1984
  • FE042 Steve Turner - Eclogue. 1984
  • FE043 Life & Times - Strawplait & Bonelace. 1984
  • FE044 Roy Harris - Utter Simplicity. 1985
  • FE045 Lancashire Fayre - Not Easily Forgotten. 1985
  • FE046 Rhiannon - Birds Of Rhiannon. 1985
  • FE047 Linda Adams, John Bowden, Martin Carthy, Roy Harris, Jez Lowe - A Selection

From The Penguin Book Of English Folk Songs. 1985

  • FE048 Threeway Street - Drunkards & Lovers. 1985
  • FE049 Jez Lowe - Galloways. 1985
  • FE050 Various Artists - Flash Company. 1986
  • FE051 Brian Peters - Persistence Of Memory. 1985
  • FE052 Mark T & The Brickbats - Johnny There. 1986
  • FE053 Ian McGillivray - Rolling Home. 1986
  • FE054 Swan Arcade - Diving For Pearls. 1986
  • FE055 Jez Lowe & Jake Walton - Two A Roue. 1986
  • FE056 Jill & Bernard Blackwell - Adventures Of Notion. 1986
  • FE057 Bram Taylor - Dreams & Songs To Sing. 1986
  • FE058 Steve Turner - Braiding. 1987
  • FE059 Anonyma - Burnt Feathers. 1987
  • FE060 Ian Walker - Flying High. 1987
  • FE061 Patti Reid. 1987
  • FE062 Zydeco Ceilidh Band. 1987
  • FE063 Ken Campbell - Going Solo. 1988
  • FE064 Marilyn Middleton Pollock - Nobody Knows You. 1988
  • FE065 Dave Goulder - The Man Who Put The Engine In The Chip Shop. 1988
  • FE066 Alasdair Robertson - Friends & Companions. 1988
  • FE067 Jolly Jack - A Long Time Travelling. 1988
  • FE068 Bisiker & Romanov. 1988
  • FE069 Strangefolk - Unhand Me You Bearded Loon. 1988
  • FE070 Jez Lowe - Bad Penny. 1988
  • FE071 Life & Times - Shropshire Iron. 1989
  • FE072 Cockersdale - Doin’ The Manch. 1989
  • FE073 Ian Walker - Shadows In Time. 1989
  • FE074 Gerry Hallom - Old Australian Ways. 1989
  • FE075 Bram Taylor - Taylor Made. 1989
  • FE077 Phil Hare - Living On Credit. 1990
  • FE079 Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies - Briefly On The Street. 1990

The Fellside catalogue - CDs[edit]

  • FECD3 Geoff Purvis - The Border Fiddler
  • FECD27 Martyn Wyndham-Read - Emu Plains 25th Anniversary Reissue Series
  • FECD34 Jez Lowe - The Old Durham Road
  • FECD47 Linda Adams, John Bowden, Martin Carthy, Roy Harris, Jez Lowe - A Selection

From The Penguin Book Of English Folk Songs. 1985

  • FECD61 Patti Reid. 1987
  • FECD70 Jez Lowe - Bad Penny
  • FECD72 Cockersdale - Doin’ The Manch 25th Anniversary Reissue Series
  • FECD76 Ian Bruce - Blodwen’s Dream. 1990
  • FECD78 Classic Anne Briggs. 1990
  • FECD79 Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies - Briefly On The Street. 1990
  • FECD80 Gill Bowman - City Love. 1990
  • FECD81 Hughie Jones - Hughie’s Ditty Bag. 1991
  • FECD82 Hamish Bayne & Martin Cole - Making Music. 1991
  • FECD83 Mick Bisiker - Home Again. 1991
  • FECD84 Martyn Wyndham-Read - Mussels On A Tree. 1991
  • FECD85 Ian Bruce - Out Of Office. 1992
  • FECD86 Marilyn Middleton Pollock - A Doll’s House. 1992
  • FECD87 Various Artists - Voices, English Traditional Songs. 1992
  • FECD88 Ian Walker & Setanta - Crossing The Borderlines. 1993
  • FECD89 Jez Lowe - Backshift. 1992
  • FECD90 The Paul Brennan Band - Fire In The Soul. 1993
  • FECD91 Wizz & Simeon Jones - Late Nights & Long Days. 1993
  • FECD92 Bram Taylor - Further Horizons. 1993
  • FECD93 Christine Kydd - Heading Home. 1993
  • FECD94 Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies - Bede Weeps. 1993
  • FECD95 The Ragtime Millionaires - Making A Million. 1993
  • FECD96 Edgerton Layhe - Rough & Tumble. 1993
  • FECD97 John Wright - Ride The Rolling Skies. 1993
  • FECD98 Classic A.L. Lloyd. 1994
  • FECD99 Heather Innes - Coanineadh, Songs From The Heart. 1994
  • FECD100 Various Artists - Banklands (The Story of Fellside Records). 1994
  • FECD101 Cockersdale - Been Around For Years. 1994
  • FECD102 Martyn Wyndham-Read - Sunlit Plains. 1994
  • FECD103 Pete Oakley - Ghost In The City. 1995
  • FECD104 Sisters Unlimited - No Bed Of Roses. 1995
  • FECD105 Classic Peggy Seeger ftg Tom Paley. 1996
  • FECD106 The John Wright Band - The Things We’ve Handed Down. 1996
  • FECD107 Sandra & Nancy Kerr - Neat And Complete. 1996
  • FECD108 Dick Wardell - Street Life Blues. 1996
  • FECD109 The Ragtime Millionaires - Life Is Good Sometimes. 1996
  • FECD110 Various Artists - Ballads. 1997
  • FECD111 Bob Fox & Benny Grham - How Are You Off For Coals? 1996
  • FECD112 Lucky Bags - Food For Thought. 1996
  • FECD113 The Rufus Crisp Experience (Dave Arthur & Barry Murphy) - Chickens Are A-Crowing. 1997
  • FECD114 Rick Kemp - Escape. 1997
  • FECD115 Martyn Wyndham-Read - Beneath A Southern Sky. 1997
  • FECD116 Frankie Armstrong with John Kirkpatrick & Maddy Prior - Till The Grass O’ergrew The Corn. 1997
  • FECD117 Gordeanna McCulloch - Sheath & Knife. 1997
  • FECD118 Keith Kendrick - Home Ground. 1997
  • FECD119 Voice Union (Liliana Bertolo, Evelyne Girardon, Sandra Kerr with special guest Maddy Prior). 1997
  • FECD120 Bram Taylor - Pick Of The Grinner. 1997
  • FECD121 The John Wright Band - Other Roads. 1997
  • FECD122 Bob Davenport & The Rakes - The Red Haired Lad. 1997
  • FECD123 Cockersdale - Wide Open Skies. 1997
  • FECD124 Bob Fox & Stu Luckley - Box Of Gold. 1997
  • FECD125 John Kirkpatrick & Others - Wassail! 1997
  • FECD126 Grace Notes - Red Wine & Promises. 1998
  • FECD127 Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Starry Gazy Pie. 1997
  • FECD128 Keith Hills - Recovery. 1997
  • FECD129 Gordon Tyrrall - A Distance From The Town. 1998
  • FECD130 Peggy Seeger with Irene Scott - Almost Commercially Viable. 1998
  • FECD131 Various Artists - Fyre & Sworde, Songs Of The Border Reivers. 1998
  • FECD132 Ushna - Twice Brewed. 1998
  • FECD133 Rick Kemp - Spies. 1998
  • FECD134 Steve Tilston - Solorubato. 1998
  • FECD135 John Conolly & Pete Sumner - Trawlertown. 1998
  • FECD136 Simon Haworth - Coast To Coast. 1998
  • FECD137 Sandra Kerr, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Scalene. 1999
  • FECD138 Lucky Bags - Delight In Disorder. 1999
  • FECD139 Buz Collins - Water And Rain. 1999
  • FECD140 Jolly Jack & Others - Rolling Down To Old Maui. 1999
  • FECD141 Clive Gregson - Happy Hour. 1999
  • FECD142 Kathy Stewart - Celestial Shoes. 1999
  • FECD143 Johnny Silvo & Diz Disley - Blues In The Back Yard. 1999
  • FECD144 Frankie Armstrong - Garden Of Love. 1999
  • FECD145 Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Steely Water. 1999
  • FECD146 Martyn Wyndham-Read and No Man’s Band - Beyond The Red Horizon. 1999
  • FECD147 Hughie Jones - Seascape. 1999
  • FECD148 The Bram Taylor Collection - Singing! 1999
  • FECD149 Mad Pudding - Grand Hotel. 1999
  • FECD150 Tryckster - When The Stone Is Exposed. 1999
  • FECD151 Frankie Armstrong - Lovely On The Water. 2000
  • FECD152 Sandra Kerr - Yellow, Red And Gold. 2000
  • FECD153 422 - One. 2000
  • FECD154 Alistair McCulloch - Highly Strung. 2000
  • FECD155 Peta Webb & Ken Hall - As Close As Can Be. 2000
  • FECD156 Various - Flash Company Celebration 25 years Fellside 1976-2001, 25th Anniversary Reissue Series.
  • FECD157 Martyn Wyndham-Read and No Man’s Band - Where Ravens Feed. 2001
  • FECD158 Various Artists - Voices In Harmony, English Traditional Songs. 2001
  • FECD159 Bram Taylor - Fragile Peace. 2001
  • FECD160 Swan Arcade - Round Again 25th Anniversary Reissue Series. 2001
  • FECD161 John Spiers & Jon Boden - Through And Through. 2001
  • FECD162 Peter Bellamy - Mr Bellamy, Mr Kipling And The Tradition 25th Anniversary Reissue Series. 2001
  • FECD163 Grace Notes - Anchored To The Time. 2001
  • FECD164 Clive Gregson - Comfort & Joy. 2001
  • FECD165 Little Johnny England. 2001
  • FECD166 Little Johnny England - Merc & Cherokees. 2001
  • FECD167 Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Between The Dark And Light. 2002
  • FECD168 Altar Native - Cumbria Odyssey. 2002
  • FECD169 Clive Gregson - Carousel Of Noise. 2002
  • FECD170 Kirsty McGee - Honeysuckle. 2002
  • FECD171 422 - New Numbers. 2003
  • FECD172 Simon Haworth - Taking Routes. 2003
  • FECD173 A.L. Lloyd - England & Her Traditional Songs. 2003
  • FECD174 Andy May - The Yellow Haired Laddie (Northumbrian Smallpipes). 2003
  • FECD175 John Spiers & Jon Boden - Bellow. 2003
  • FECD176D Various Artists - Song Links, A Celebration of English Traditional Songs and their Australian variants
  • FECD177 Dr Faustus - The First Cut. 2003
  • FECD178 FolkESTRA North. 2003
  • FECD179 Alistair McCulloch - Wired Up. 2003
  • FECD180 The Witches Of Elswick - Out Of Bed. 2003
  • FECD181 Benji Kirkpatck - Half A Fruit Pie. 2004
  • FECD182 Various Artists - Fanfare For The South West. 2003
  • FECD183 Bram Taylor - The Night Is Young. 2004
  • FECD184 Clive Gregson - Long Story Short. 2004
  • FECD185 Ed Rennie - Narrative. 2004
  • FECD186 Jon Loomes - Fearful Symmetry. 2005
  • FECD187 Peter Bellamy - Fair Annie. 2004
  • FECD188 The Hoghton Band Collection - A Selection of English Country Dances. 2005
  • FECD189 Dr Faustus - Wager. 2005
  • FECD190D Various Artists - Song Links 2, A Celebration of English Traditional Songs and their American variants. 2005
  • FECD191 422 - Major Third. 2005
  • FECD192 Spiers & Boden - Tunes. 2005
  • FECD193 Maddie Southorn - The Pilgrim Soul. 2005
  • FECD194 Spiers & Boden - Songs. 2005
  • FECD195 Kieron Means - Far As My Eyes Can See. 2005
  • FECD196 Sara Grey - A Long Way From Home. 2005
  • FECD197 Martyn Wyndham-Read and No Man’s Band - Oceans In The Sky. 2005
  • FECD198 Hughie Jones & Friends - Liverpool Connexions. 2005
  • FECD199 Nancy Kerr & James Fagan - Strands Of Gold. 2006
  • FECD200 James Keelaghan - Then Again. 2006
  • FECD201 The Queensberry Rules - The Black Dog & other stories. 2006
  • FECD202 Tom Kitching & Gren Bartley – Rushes 2007
  • FECD203 Landmarks - 30 Years of Fellside Recording (Three CDs) 2006
  • FECD204 James Keelaghan - A Few Simple Verses 2006
  • FECD205 Fribo - The Ha’ O Habrahellia 2009
  • FECD206 Bram Taylor - Song Singer 206
  • FECD207 Last Orders 2007
  • FECD208 Frankie Armstrong – Encouragement 2007
  • FECD209 Grace Notes - Northern Tide 2007
  • FECD210 The Queensberry Rules – Landlocked 2007
  • FECD211 Kerr Fagan Harbron - Station House 2008
  • FECD212 Crucible - Love & Money 2008
  • FECD213 Jack McNeill & Charlie Heys - Light Up All The Beacons 2008
  • FECD214 The Maerlock – Sofa 2008
  • FECD215 Rachel & Lillias - Dear Someone 2008
  • FECD216 Peter Bellamy - Fair England’s Shore (Double CD) 2008
  • FECD217 Phil Hulse - Unpredicted Storm 2008
  • FECD218 Graham & Sam Pirt - Dance Ti Thee Daddy 2008
  • FECD219 A.L. Lloyd - Ten Thousand Miles (Double CD) 2008
  • FECD220 A.L. Lloyd - An Evening with ... 2010
  • FECD221 Dave Goulder - The Golden Age Of Steam 2008
  • FECD222 Tom Kitching & Gren Bartley - Boundary 2009
  • FECD223 Elbow Jane - 3-Side Island 2009
  • FECD224 Andy May - Happy Hours 2009
  • FECD225 Sara Grey - Sandy Boys 2009
  • FECD226 Ken Campbell’s Ideal Band 2009
  • FECD227 The Queensberry Rules - Take Your Own Roads 2009
  • FECD228 The Hut People (Sam Pirt & Gary Hammond) - Home Is Where The Hut Is 2009
  • FECD229 Jack McNeill & Charlie Heys - The Northern Road 2009
  • FECD230 Wendy Weatherby - A Shirt Of Silk Or Snow 2009
  • FECD231 Joseph Topping - Ghosts In The Shadows 2010
  • FECD232 Lizzie Nunnery - Company Of Ghosts 2010
  • FECD233 The Urban Folk Quartet 2011
  • FECD234 Suntrap - Unravelling 2010
  • FECD235 Ewan McLennan - Rags & Robes 2010
  • FECD236 All Along The Wall - Various artists 2010
  • FECD237 422 - Go Forth 2010
  • FECD238 James Findlay - Sport and Play 2011
  • FECD239 Pilgrims’ Way - Wayside Courtesies 2011
  • FECD240 AL Lloyd - Bramble Briars and Beams of the Sun 2011
  • FECD241 Hedy West - Ballads And Songs From the Appalachians 2011
  • FECD242 Elbow Jane - The Boldest Blood 2011
  • FECD243 Martin & Carthy & Dave Swarbrick - Walnut Creek 2011
  • FECD244 Fiona Cuthill & Stevie Lawrence - A Cruel Kindness 2011
  • FECD245 Jack McNeill & Charlie Heys - Two Fine Days 2012
  • FECD246 Bram Taylor - Jokers & Rogues 2012
  • FECD247 Gren Bartley - Songs to Scythe Back The Overgrown 2012
  • FECD248 The Hut People – Picnic 2012
  • FECD249 Grace Notes – 20 2012
  • FECD250 Ewan McLennan - The Last Bird To Sing 2012
  • FECD251 Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - The Queen’s Lover 2012
  • FECD252 James Findlay - Another Day Another Story 2012
  • FECD253 Peter Bellamy - Barrack Room Ballads 2012
  • FECD254 Hadrian’s Union - In Your Own Time 2012
  • FECD255 Joe Tilson – Embers 2012
  • FECD256 Gren Bartley - Winter Fires 2013
  • FECD257 James Findlay, Bella Hardy, Brian Peters, Lucy Ward - The Liberty To Choose – A Selection of Songs from

The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs 2013

  • FECD258 Hughie Jones - Maritime Miscellany 2013
  • FECD259 Sara Grey with Kieron Means - Down In Old Dolores 2013
  • FECD260 A.L. Lloyd - Turtle Dove 2013
  • FECD261 The Frappin’ and Ramblin’ Pete Morton 2014
  • FECD262 Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar - The Call 2014
  • FECD263 Ewan McLennan - Stories Still Untold 2014
  • FECD264 The Hut People - Cabinet Of Curiosities 2014
  • FECD265 Joe Topping – The Vagrant Kings (to be released in January 2015)
  • FECD266 Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith - Let The Wind Blow High Or Low 2014
  • FECD267 Tom Kitching – Interloper (to be released March 2015)


The Tradition Masters series - CDs
  • Johnny Collins: "The Best Of The Early Years" (FTSR1) 1998
  • "Trip To Harrowgate: Tunes & Songs From Joshua Jackson's Book, 1798" (various artists) (FTSR2) 1999
  • "Enlist For a Soldier: The Soldier In Song From The English Civil War To The Falklands" (various artists) (FTSR3) 2002
  • "The Bold Navigators: The Story Of England's Canals In Song" (various artists) (FTSR4) 1999
  • "Seasons, Ceremonies & Rituals: The Calendar In Traditional Song" (various artists) (FTSR5) 2002

Jazz albums on "Lake"[edit]

  • 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]

"Voices - 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"
A Celebration of English Traditional Songs and their Australian variants " (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.

"Song Links 2"
A Celebration of English Traditional Songs and their American variants " (various artists) (FECD190D — double album)

Also conceived by Martyn Wyndham-Read, Song Links 2 compares and contrasts English traditional songs with versions that have travelled over the Atlantic and been sung (and further developed) in North America with a cast of folk performers representing the cream of singers specialising in traditional songs from their own country.

"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 Soldier" (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 that 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.

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