IT IS only this year (1963) that the Corrie Folk Trio and Paddie Bell have shot into prominence as one of the most exciting and polished folk groups in Scotland. In common with many of the artists in the folk music revival they work during the day and sing in the evenings and at weekends. Paddie is the wife of an Edinburgh architect and works in an office. Two of the men are art teachers, the other is an architect. They have made their music all over Scotland and in Ireland. For long periods they have been engaged as cabaret performers, they have sung at seaside shows, at Edinburgh Festivals, and recently achieved outstanding national success in a series of television appearances. Their fans usually fall into two categories-those that prefer the all-male gusto of "Lock the Door Lauriston", "Fine Girl," or "Jug o' Punch," or the others who like the soft, sad songs best, such as "O'er the Water," "Lord Gregory," or "Singing Bird." This first recording by the Corrie Folk Trio ought to delight both camps - and, of course, these discerning people who like them whatever they sing.
TROUBLE, they say, usually comes in threes. But so do pleasures. If you believe one superstition you should as readily believe the other. And proof is available in this second of three EPs which the Corrie Folk Trio and Paddie Bell made as their first set of commercial recordings.
ELP 129, the first of the series, has proved so successful that a reprint was inevitable. Since then the group have gone on to fresh adventures — a weekly appearance on television, a highly satisfactory three-week season at the Edinburgh Festival, and frequent one-night stands at concert halls throughout Scotland.
This selection includes some of the songs which audiences at these concerts have come to love and recognise as "Corrie" material — varying from the roistering comedy of "Bungle Rye" and "The Itinerant Cobbler" to the soothing melody of the "Tiree Love Song."
IT is difficult to define the reasons why any entertainer should appeal to a mass audience — particularly in folk singing where the amateur singer might make his impact in much the same way as a primitive painter with simplicity, charm, and directness.
There is something of this about the performances of the Corrie Folk Trio and Paddie Bell. But this argument would take no account of their professional polish, their assiduous rehearsal and attention to detail, their almost avaricious collection of folk material from every available source. Add the two together, however — the enthusiastic elan and the careful planning of a song — and we might be near to the truth.
This is the third EP in a series which sets out to demonstrate a selection of the songs in the extensive Corrie repertoire. Like ELP 129 and 131 there is a mixture of mood. From two of the great Scottish ballads — "The Twa Corbies" and "The Bonny Earl o' Moray" — to such fun and games as "Blow ye Winds of Morning."
"Christmas is coming and the geese are getting fat and the snow is lying heavy on the poor man's pack" and for everybody the season of tinsel and turkey — and frosty winds — will be just around the corner.
But even if the snow doesn't lie thick on the countryside it will, of course, still be Christmas; lor many people a time of great religious significance, attended by the usual festive traditions, and for the children a time of great expectations, long awaited and too soon passed. In churches and schools, in towns and villages, the sound of carol singers will ring out — not always in tune, perhaps, but full of the right intentions. Each of you will have your own particular favourites, usually associated with your childhood memories of Christmas. Who has not sung "Away in a Manger" or "Good King Wenceslas" at some time or another?
From the rich hoard of Christmas music we have chosen to sing "I Saw Three Ships A-Sailing", surely one of the happiest songs about Christmas, and another favourite of ours "The Cherry Tree Carol".
"Christ Was Born in Bethlehem" is perhaps less well known. Unlike the other carols it is not only concerned with the birth of Christ but rather more with his life, death and resurrection. We collected this version from Anne Ward and we are sure you will like it as much as we do. "The Gift O' Gowd" is a modern carol with words and music by W. Gordon Smith. It was written especially for Paddie to sing on a Christmas broadcast programme.
The Corrie Folk Trio and Paddie Bell