"Doffin' Mistress" was first recorded by Anne Briggs in 1963 on The Iron Muse, and possibly originates in the cotton mills of Ulster. Her version was a huge influence on both June Tabor and Maddy Prior in their decisions to become singers.
Collected from the Symondsbury Mummers. A dispute between a husbandman (a self-employed farmer) and a serving man. Maddy and June sang the same song again on the live album "Ballads and Candles" in 2000, with an extra verse.
"Silver Whistle" (Traditional)
A Jacobite song from Flora MacNeil, translated from Gaelic. The tune was composed by Johnny Moynihan.
A description of the daily life of a sailor in the Royal Navy (often nicknamed "The grey funnel line" from the battleship grey of its livery), written by Cyril Tawney based on his own life. This recording was used in the opening title sequence in the film Sirens starring Hugh Grant.
This album has been widely regarded as the best English acoustic traditional folk album of the 1970s. The combination of Maddy's soprano voice and June's somewhat lower voice created thrilling harmonies. The songs cover a wide range of subjects - work, religion, sexual relations, humour, tragedy and the absurd. Maddy does a convincing Scottish accent on "Burning of Auchindoon".