Gladys' Leap

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Gladys' Leap
Studio album by Fairport Convention
Released August 1985
Recorded April-May 1985 at Woodworm Studio, Barford St. Michael, Oxfordshire
Genre Folk rock
Length 38:01
Label Woodworm WR007
Producer Simon Nicol, Dave Mattacks and Dave Pegg
Fairport Convention chronology
Tipplers Tales
Gladys' Leap
Expletive Delighted!
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Gladys' Leap is the 14th studio album by Fairport Convention originally released in August 1985. It was recorded in April and May 1985 at Woodworm Studios, Barford St. Michael, Oxfordshire, UK. It was produced and engineered by Simon Nicol, Dave Mattacks and Dave Pegg and the assistant engineers were Tim Matyear and Mark Powell. The album features the first contributions to a Fairport album by founding member Richard Thompson since Rosie in 1973. Thompson wrote the opening track "How Many Times" and played lead guitar on "Head in a Sack".

The title comes from Gladys Hillier, who was a postwoman for Cranham, a village near Stroud in Gloucestershire, England. As a short-cut, to save a two-mile walk, she used to jump the three feet (~ 1 metre) across a stream on her round.[2] In 1977 the Ordnance Survey agreed to name the spot in her honour, and in 2005 a footbridge was built across the stream.[3] Fairport heard the story, and named the album in Gladys' honour.

Track listing[edit]

Side one (The Folkside)[edit]

  1. "How Many Times" (Richard Thompson) - 3:29
  2. "Bird from the Mountain" (Ralph McTell) - 4:51
  3. "Honour and Praise" (John Richards) - 5:21
  4. "The Hiring Fair" (Ralph McTell, Dave Mattacks) - 5:53

Side two (The Backside)[edit]

  1. Instrumental Medley '85 - 5:08
    1. "The Riverhead" (Dave Pegg)
    2. "Gladys' Leap" (Dave Pegg)
    3. "The Wise Maid" (Traditional, arrangement by Simon Nicol and Dave Pegg)
  2. "My Feet are Set for Dancing" (Cathy Lesurf, arranged by Bill Martin) - 4:01
  3. "Wat Tyler" (Ralph McTell, Simon Nicol) - 5:36
  4. "Head in a Sack" (Dave Whetstone) - 4:23


  • Simon Nicol - vocals, electric & acoustic guitars
  • Dave Pegg - bass guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, double bass, vocals
  • Dave Mattacks - drums, drum machine, keyboards, percussion
Additional personnel
  • Ric Sanders - violin ("Bird from the Mountain", "The Hiring Fair", Instrumental Medley)
  • Richard Thompson - electric guitar ("Head in a Sack")
  • Cathy Lesurf - vocal ("My Feet Are Set for Dancing")
  • Harold Wells - spoken intro to "Bird from the Mountain"


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