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Anthologies

The Fontana "Folk" LPs


Folk in Focus
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  • Folk in Focus
    • 1968 - Fontana FJL 505 LP

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Shades Of Folk
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  • Shades Of Folk
    • 1969 - Contour 6870 538 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Manchester Rambler — The Spinners
    2. Wimoweh — The Spinners
    3. John Peel — The Spinners
    4. Wild Rover The Corries: from The Corries In Concert (1969)
    5. Lord Of The Dance — The Corries: from The Corries In Concert (1969)
    6. The Shamrock And The Thistle — The Corries: from The Corries In Concert (1969)
  • Side Two
    1. Going To The Zoo — Julie Felix
    2. From Both Sides Now — Julie Felix
    3. Dirty Old Town — Julie Felix
    4. High Germany — Martin Carthy
    5. Scarborough Fair — Martin Carthy
    6. Lowlands Of Holland — Martin Carthy

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The Big Folk
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  • The Big Folk
    • 1969 - Fontana SFXL 55 LP

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  • Side Two
    1. Scarborough Fair — Martin Carthy
    2. Religious Trainfare Blues — Stefan Grossman
    3. Nasty Spider — Jeremy Taylor
    4. Erev Shel Shosanim (Evening of Roses) — The Spinners
    5. Scots Wha Hae Nae — The Dundonald

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Folk Favourites
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  • Folk Favourites
    • 1970 - Contour 6870 636 LP

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  • Side Two
    1. (From) Both Sides Now — Julie Felix
    2. Gentle on My Mind — Wally Whyton
    3. Whiskey in the Jar Noel Murphy: from NYA-A-A-A-AH! (1967)
    4. Nasty Spider — Jeremy Taylor and Sydney Carter
    5. Brennan on the Moor The McPeakes: from Irish Folk! (1964)
    6. Liverpool Lullaby — Jacqueline and Bridie

Sleeve Notes

The enormous variety of songs and singing styles that combine to make Folk Music is amply illustrated in this enjoyable collection of favourites, old and new.

What could be more diverse than the gentle flow of the well-known English traditional song "Scarborough Fair" on the first side, and the rawness of the Irish drinking song "Whiskey in the Jar" on side two? Yet both songs still remain well within the bounds of folk music, and show only two of the many influences and origins that go to make up the whole field.

Apart from other traditional material such as "A-roving" and "Brennan on the moor", there are examples of recently written numbers which, through their association with the performers', or the composers', own backgrounds, have become accepted as folk songs, and yet are also in the pop category. For example, "From both sides now" sung here by Julie Felix, was written by Joni Mitchell, and "Gentle on my mind" sung here by Wally Whyton, was written by John Hartford, a country singer from Nashville. The U.S. and country connections with folk music are further illustrated by "Dark as a dungeon", written by Merle Travis, and "Corrie Doon" - a composition by Matt McGinn, a well-known West Coast folk writer and singer.

Many of the artists on this LP will be familiar to you through their radio and television appearances and, of course, their records; while others have been on the folk scene for a long time, appearing at clubs and concerts. With groups such as The Spinners and The Corries, solo singers like Martin Carthy and Noel Murphy, and the famous Scottish duo of Robin Hall and Jimmie MacGregor, plus all the other singers and songs, you have a veritable feast of Folk Favourites.

Nevil Skrimshire

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Focus on Folk
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  • Focus on Folk
    • 1973 - Philips 6382 110 LP

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  • Side One
    1. In My Liverpool Home — The Spinners
    2. White Hare — Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick
    3. I Once Loved a Lass The Corries: from Bonnet, Belt and Sword (1967)
    4. Collier Lad — The Spinners
    5. Twa Corbies — The Corries: from Kishmul's Galley (1968)
    6. Brigg Fair — Martin Carthy
    7. A-Roving — The Spinners
  • Side Two
    1. Byker Hill — Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick
    2. Black and White — The Spinners
    3. Sally Free and Easy — The Corries: from The Corries in Concert (1969)
    4. Lord of the Dance — Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick
    5. Lewis Bridal Song — The Corries: from Kishmul's Galley (1968)
    6. Dirty Old Town — The Spinners
    7. The Skye Boat Song — The Corries: from Scottish Love Songs (1969)

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20 Folk Favourites
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  • 20 Folk Favourites
    • 1975 - Pickwick PLE 7016 LP

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  • Side Two
    1. A-Roving — The Spinners
    2. Lord Of The Dance — The Dubliners: from Dubliners Now (1974)
    3. The Frog And The Mouse — Robin Hall & Jimmie MacGregor: from By Public Demand (1966)
    4. John Peel — The Spinners
    5. Johnny Lad — The Corries: from The Corries in Concert (1969)
    6. John Barleycorn — Martin Carthy
    7. Carrickfergus — The Dubliners: from Dubliners Now (1974)
    8. Dirty Old Town — Robin Hall & Jimmie MacGregor: from By Public Demand (1966)
    9. Will Ye Go Lassie Go — The Corries: from The Corries in Concert (1969)
    10. Coney Island Washboard — The Spinners

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