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Album: English Country Music
# Song Title   Time
1)    Jenny Lind/The Girl I Left Behind
2)    Waltz Vienna, The
3)    Off She Goes
4)    Off She Goes
5)    Red Wing
6)    Untitled Polka
7)    Dulcie Bell
8)    Heel and Toe Polka, The
9)    Sailor's Hornpipe/The Shipdham Hornpipe/Untitled Polka/The White ..., The
10)    Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms/Johnny's So Long at the
11)    Cliff Hornpipe, The
12)    Bluebell Polka, The
13)    Shave the Donkey
14)    Shave the Donkey
15)    Waltz Selection/The Sailor Cut Down in His Prime
16)    Yarmouth Hornpipe/The Four-Hand Reel/The Sailor's Hornpipe, The
17)    Helston Furry Dance, The
18)    Irish Washerwoman/The Sprig of Shillelagh, The
19)    Foggy Dew/The Sailor Cut Down in His Prime, The
20)    Peggy Wood/When There Isn't a Girl About
21)    Untitled Polka
22)    Wheels
23)    In and Out the Windows
24)    Washing Day/Old Mrs Huddledee/The Keel Row (The Cat's Got the Measles)
25)    Untitled Polka
26)    Irish Washerwoman/Garryowen/Rory O'More/St. Patrick's Day, The
27)    Four-Hand Reel/Solidier's Joy, The
 
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Performer Notes
  • Performers include: Walter & Daisey Bulwer, Billy Cooper, Scan Tester, Reg Hall.
  • Recorded in Norfolk, England. Includes a 32 page booklet.
  • Contains 27 tracks.
  • Personnel: Hawkins (banjo); Billy Cooper (dulcimer); Reg Hall (fiddle, melodeon); Walter Bulwer (fiddle); Russell Wortley (pipe, tabor); Scan Tester (concertina); Daisy Bulwer (piano); Mervyn Plunkett (drums, tambourine).
  • Audio Remasterer: Tony Dixon .
  • Liner Note Author: Reg Hall .
  • Photographer: Bill Leader .
  • Once upon a time, wedding celebrations, family gatherings, and dances required the presence of musicians to make the celebration complete. After all, people in the country loved to dance long before dancehalls and the goosestep made dancing trendy. Recorded between 1959 and 1962, English Country Music features fiddler and mandolin/banjo player Walter Bulwer, dulcimer player Billy Cooper, and pianist Daisy Bulwer on a variety of waltzes, polkas, and jigs. The joy of these recordings comes from listening to the interaction among the musicians, and listening to them cut loose on old favorites like "The Four-Hand Reel" and "Soldier's Joy." Certain cuts like "The Sailor's Hornpipe," "Jenny Lind," and "The Foggy Dew" will stand out as familiar. "Shave the Donkey" and "Off She Goes" appear twice, first by a solo fiddle player, then by the full band. For listeners accustomed to Appalachian-styled instrumental music, the piano and melodeon add a distinctive flavor to this traditionally styled music. Melodeon player Reg Hall has written extensive liner notes, providing in-depth background and enriching the whole project. This is a superior collection that captures these musicians in their natural element and in good form. The recording is also a testament to traditional music enthusiasts like Mervyn Plunkett, who was active in bringing these players together. For the old-fashioned, this disc will also suffice -- in a pinch -- as a fine substitute for a dance band at one's next celebration. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.
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