Silly Sisters is a 1976 album by Englishfolk singersMaddy Prior and June Tabor, their first collaborative effort as a duo. The pair later adopted the Silly Sisters name for subsequent projects. The songs cover a wide range of subjects - work, religion, sexual relations, humour, tragedy and the absurd.
"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 an 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. Music 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.