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England

Roy Guest

Album Releases


The Wandering Minstrel & Bahaman Lullaby — Hush Little Baby
Roy Guest with Steve Benbow and His Folk Four

  • The Wandering Minstrel
    • 1962 - Saga XID 5156 LP
    • 1962 - Saga STG 8096 (Dual Track Reel Tape)
  • Bahaman Lullaby — Hush Little Baby
    • 1963 - Society SOC 919 LP

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  • Side One
    1. 10,000 Years Ago
    2. Villikins and his Dinah
    3. I Gave My Love a Cherry
    4. Santy Anna
    5. Brennan on the Moor
    6. Foggy Foggy Dew
    7. Barbara Allen
  • Side Two
    1. The Streets of Laredo
    2. Tom Dooley
    3. Bahaman Lullaby
    4. Foggy Mountain Top
    5. The House of the Rising Sun
    6. Sinner Mans
    7. Cockles and Mussels
    8. Cosher Bailey

  • Credits
    • Front Sleeve Colour Photography by W. E. Kimp (Bahaman Lullaby)
  • Track Sources
    • This is a compilation for all (but two tracks) from Roy Guest's Saga EPs
    • Tracks: 2, 3 & 5 are from RGAHG — Folk Songs & Music (EFID 1009)
    • Tracks: 1, 7, 8 & 10 are from The Wandering Minstrel (EFID 1015)
    • Tracks: 6, 14 & 15 are from RGAHG — Favourite British Songs (EFID 1019)
    • Tracks: 4, 9, 11 & 13 are from Popular American Songs (EFID 1017)
    • I believe track: 12 ("Risin' Sun") is from the EFID 1009 session, and may appear on some alternate versions/releases.
    • The omitted tracks:
      • "Spanish Is The Loving Tongue" — EFID 1009
      • "Lincolnshire Poacher" — EFID 1016

Sleeve Notes (Tape Release)

Illiterate, isolated and lonely people, thrown back on their own resources for entertainment, express themselves and their emotions through song. Most of the songs on this record originated in this way in rural areas of Britain. Some of them travelled to America with the early emigrants, and passing through various changes became traditional American songs. Many of these now appear in a further altered form as jazz or blues numbers. Some still exist in different but recognizable versions on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Cowboy, et al.
Roy Guest, The Tennessee Three & Jack Fallon

  • Cowboy
    • 1963 - Society SOC 927 LP
  • Songs of the American West
    • 1966 - Saga ERO 8019 LP
  • Cowboy Songs
    • 2014 - Mach60 Music (Digital)

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  • Side One
    1. Jesse James
    2. The Old Christolm Trail
    3. I Ride An Old Paint
    4. The Arkinsaw Traveller
    5. Git Along Little Dogies
    6. Kentucky Mountain Chimes
    7. Old Mountain Dew
    8. Tom Dooley
  • Side Two
    1. Rusty Jiggs And Sandy Sam
    2. Salty Dawg
    3. John Hardy
    4. Flop Eared-Mule
    5. Lavender Cowboy
    6. Buffalo Skinners
    7. Streets of Laredo
    8. Santy Anna

  • Musicians
    • Roy Guest
    • The Tennessee Three: Banjo, Guitar and Mandolin
    • Jack Fallon: Fiddle and Bass
    • Steve Benbow and his Folk Four (Tracks: 8 & 14)
  • Track Notes
    • Tracks: 8, 14 & 15 only appear on Songs of the American West (1966)
    • Tracks: 8 & 14 are from Popular American Songs (1960/61)

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Love Songs and Lullabies
Roy Guest and Kate Lucy
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  • Love Songs and Lullabies
    • 1964 - Society SOC 959 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Paper of Pins
    2. The Water is Wide
    3. Love is Teasin
    4. Compagnons de la Marjolaine
    5. Hush Little Baby
    6. Tumbalalayka
    7. Au Clair de la Lune
    8. The Spanish Lady
    9. Delia's Gone
  • Side Two
    1. Springfield Mountain
    2. Three Lovely Lassies
    3. Go Tell Aunt Rhody
    4. Black is the Color
    5. Fais Do Do
    6. Eskimo Lullaby
    7. Gae Awa Peerl Fairies
    8. Sally My Dear
    9. A La Claire Fontaine
    10. The Old Saint

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Cockney Party!
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  • Cockney Party!
    • 1965 - Society SOC 1008 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Amateur Whitewasher
    2. Weepin' Willer
    3. Barsted King of England
    4. Pretty little Polly Perkins
    5. Your baby has gone down the Plug Hole
    6. Stanley and Dora
  • Side Two
    1. Charleston
    2. Henery the Eighth
    3. Vilikins and his Dinah
    4. With the end of me old cigar
    5. She was poor but she was honest
    6. Charlie Mopps
    7. Botany Bay Medley

  • Musicians
    • with ROY GUEST as host,
    • a Famous Gentleman on pyaner, his rhythm boys on bass, banjo and guitar and sundry others supporting

Sleeve Notes

Roy Guest has for many years been a wanderer, throughout Europe and America, pursuing, as a hobby, old songs and folk songs. The songs on this album date from the end of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Everyone likes a party, or at least everyone we know, does, and no one enjoys it more than the Cockneys.

Traditionally a Cockney is someone from within the sound of the bells of Bow Church. They haven't sounded for some time since a bomb fell on the church but in actual fact almost anyone from the East End of London, between the wars, would have been proud to hear the clamour.

The pubs in the East End of London have had a tradition of entertainment for the last century or more. We present here a party as it might occur in any East End pub. All the songs are old ones except Stanley and Dora which is a product of the present folk revival and very amusing.

So, join in and sing. I assure you that no one will know, or care, if you are out of tune or even singing the wrong song.

© ART AND SOUND LTD., LONDON, 1965


  • Notes:
    • Apparently, this is the first album on which Dave Cousins, of the Strawbs, ever played.

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Folksongs — Ballads and Blues
Roy Guest and Murray Young
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  • Folksongs — Ballads and Blues
    • 1967 (circa) - Dominion LP 1275 LP (Canada)

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  • Side One
    1. Tingoleo
    2. Lassie W' The Yellow Coatie
    3. John Henry
    4. Darling Corey
    5. Bury Me
    6. My Landlady
    7. San Miguel
    8. San Francisco Bay
  • Side Two
    1. Mary Anne
    2. Irene Good-night
    3. Michael Row The Boat
    4. Kellyburn Braes
    5. Strangest Dream (McCurdy)
    6. Stanley And Dora
    7. Everybody Loves Saturday Night

  • Notes
    • These tracks are from 3 Waverly EPs by Roy Guest & Murray Young
    • Tracks: 1-11 are by Murray Young
    • Tracks: 12-15 are by Roy Guest
  • Track Sources
    • Tracks: 1-5 are from Folksongs Ballads & Blues —Vol. 1: 1962 - Waverley ELP 111 EP
    • Tracks: 6-11 are from Folksongs Ballads & Blues —Vol. 2: 1962 - Waverley ELP 112 EP
    • Tracks: 12-15 are from Introducing Roy Guest: 1961 - Waverley (X)ELP 105 EP

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The Big Hootenanny

  • The Big Hootenanny
    • 1964 - IN Records 1001 LP
    • 1964 - BARRY B-324 LP
    • 1964(?) - Young World YH 1502 LP (Australia)
    • 2013 - Essential Media Group 942-31495-8 CD & Digital

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  • Side One
    1. Santy Anna — The Shenandoah Trio
    2. Someplace Green — Rod McKuen
    3. Saturday Night Banjo — Mason Williams
    4. Barbara Allen — Barbara Dane
    5. Jesse James — Roy Guest
    6. Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms — Tennessee Three
  • Side Two
    1. Big Jack — Phil Campos
    2. I'm A Stranger Here — Brownie McGhee & Sonny Terry
    3. Jump Down, Turn Around — Art & Paul
    4. Tell Old Bill — Katie Lee
    5. Early Morning Blues — Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry, Lightnin' Hopkins & Big Joe Williams
    6. Rum By Gum — The Shenandoah Trio

  • Credits
    • Live Recordings at The Troubadour, The Ice House and The Ash Grove

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