The Rough Guide to English Roots Music

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The Rough Guide to English Roots Music
Compilation album by
Various artists
Released25 August 1998
GenreWorld, Folk music of England
LabelWorld Music Network
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The Rough Guide to English Roots Music is a world music compilation album originally released in 1998. Part of the World Music Network Rough Guides series,[1] the album features mainly English folk, with some tracks covering other cultures from England's ethnic range. Most pieces are from the 1990s.[2] Phil Stanton, co-founder of the World Music Network, was the producer.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

The album received generally positive reviews. Writing for AllMusic, Steven McDonald praised the track choices, saying it functions well as an "appetizer".[2] BBC Music Magazine noted that instead of focusing on the preservers of tradition, the album featured "creators and extenders".[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."Lucky Break"Hank Dogs4:39
2."Trip"Eliza Carthy5:22
3."Sail on By"Oysterband3:29
4."Claudy Banks"Waterson–Carthy6:45
5."Be My Rambling Woman"Rory McLeod4:23
6."Gypsy's Lullaby/The Hawk/Memories/Coates Hall"Billy Pigg4:57
7."The Begging Song"Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick4:30
8."A Lord of Steam and Iron"John Kirkpatrick3:40
9."Falling Slowly"Coope Boyes and Simpson3:11
10."Hopping Down in Kent"Louise Fuller2:03
11."Country Life"The Watersons1:58
12."Byker Hill"The Barely Works5:06
13."Brilliant Pebbles"Edward II4:17
14."Yellow Dress"The Albion Band4:45
15."Red Wing Polka"Daisy Bulwer, Walter Bulwer, Billy Cooper, Reg Hall, Mervyn Plunkett & Russell Wortley2:24
16."Bold Fisherman"Harry Cox2:49
17."The Baker"Savourna Stevenson, June Tabor, & Danny Thompson4:22
18."A New England"Billy Bragg2:13


  1. ^ Douglas H., Henkle (2012-10-23). "Rough Guide Discography / World Music Network Discography". FolkLib Index : A Library of Folk Music Links. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  2. ^ a b c McDonald, Steven. "The Rough Guide to English Roots Music". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 Jan 2014.
  3. ^ World Music Network. "About Us - The WMN Story". Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  4. ^ BBC Music Magazine. "The Rough Guide to English Roots Music". BBC. Retrieved 2014-01-17.