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Sleeve Notes for All in the Same Tune / Unabridged by Folly Bridge

All in the Same Tune / UnabridgedThis album is a re-release on CD of two albums which were originally released on cassette in 1991 and 1992. The album has been re-mastered from the original tapes.

Folly Bridge sadly no longer perform together but they were:
Ian Giles
Graham Metcalfe
Claire Giles (now Claire Lloyd)


These two albums were recorded in the very early days of WildGoose. All in the Same Tune was the first album to carry a WildGoose catalogue number, WGS252MC. WildGoose will shortly be celebrating its 100th album milestone and it seemed fitting that this album should carry a catalogue number of WGS352CD.

It is also the first album for which I have decided to do a limited CDR run. I have done this in order to satisfy the select number of people who I know have worn out their cassettes and would like to replace them. I hope you enjoy it without the wonderful tape hiss.

1.The Cropper Lads
2.Pony Driving
3.Go from my Window
4.Old Molly Metcalfe
6.Young Simon John
7.Come me Lads
8.General Taylor
9.The Herring
10.Bedlam City
11.Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy
12.Watercress O
13.Bay of Fundy
14.Carrion Crow
15.April Morning
16.Drink Puppy Drink
17.The Sheepstealer
18.My Bonny Lad
19.Twa Corbies
20.Adieu to Old England
21.I Like to Rise
22.Two Bretheren
23.Bonny at Morn
24.The Farmers Toast
25.Bay of Biscay
26.Happy Sam
27.The Grey Goose and the Gander

Track Notes

1 The Cropper Lads

The Luddites (framework knitters from Nottinghamshire) took vengeance against the mechanisation of their trade by smashing up the new machinery. “Great Enoch” was the hammer they used - made by the same company that produced the equipment they were destroying!

2 Pony Driving

a gentle song from Swillington Colliery, learnt by Graham from the late Bill Price. ‘Doggies” were lads of 15 or so in charge of the (even younger) pony drivers, allocating the tubs to faceworkers.

10 Bedlam City

a sad tale of a young girl whose lover has gone off to battle (probably from the Napoleonic Wars). Claire learned this version from a recording by Derek and Dorothy Elliott.

14 Carrion Crow

a bit of silly nonsense, great fun to sing. (Why are tailors in folk songs always made out to be complete twits?)

15 See description for other tracks