1 The Abbott's Bromley Horn Dance
About 40 years ago, in the 70s, I found myself standing (staggering) at night in Thaxted, Essex and still can't remember why I was there! I witnessed a strange group of dancers, each holding a stag's head mask before his face, doing a stately dance, accompanied by a most haunting tune on a solo fiddle. To me, this is the most beautiful and moving tune from the English tradition (apparently nicked by the Thaxted lot from its home in Abbott's Bromley, Staffs).
2 Julia Gates' Waltz
Written by one of Folk music's great unsung heroes, my mate Pete Shaw of Peterborough, as a tribute to a blind and deaf girl, Julia Gates, who was able to dance to Pete's band tunes by contact with other dancers and sensing vibrations from the dance floor. She became pregnant and her story was featured in a TV documentary. In 2003, Julia was the first blind and deaf person to complete the London Marathon.
3 Down on the Hard
DON'T put a rude connotation on 'hard'! It's a hard area (cobbles or concrete), where boats are hauled up out of the water.
4 Jimmy Shand's March, Miss Elspeth Campbell
'Norfolkised' version but I did my best.
5 Big Bend Gal
(Shelor family c. 1927)
Shelor family from Patrick County, Virginia, USA. I found it in a CD attached to cartoonist Robert Crumb's book 'Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country'.
6 The Minneola Rag
From a CD of the East Texas Serenaders (circa 1927-37). The proper third part was too difficult for me so I bluffed it!
7 Binder Twyne
8 Lord Haddo's Favourite
9 Strange Fruit
This is the most searing indictment of the treatment of black people in the Southern States particularly from the Klu Klux Clan. My own version is loosely based on the singing of Billy Holliday (about 1930). A Norfolk bloke shouldn't do it - but I did.
10 The Beccles Stomp
A tune in the New Orleans jazz style. It show how its possible to get a bluesy effect on the 2-row box.
11 Rocky Mountain Tune
(trad.)/ Bless your Beautiful Hide (from 7 Brides for 7 Brothers film)
The first tune is from a Jimmy Shand (Rocky Mountain Medley) and the second the tune of Howard Keel's song from the film. Well why not??
12 Kitty the Handsome Cat
I heard this first in the 1960s at the King's Head folk Club, Islington, sung by an English regular at the club. It was his only song I learnt the words about 27 years later.
13 The New May Moon
14 The Enigma of the Southwold Tide
I was brought up a few miles from Southwold, on Suffolk's coast famous for its beauty AND Adnams bitter! I wrote this a few years ago after a good session on the latter. I believe its the most boring song ever written.
15 Anne's Waltz
A lively waltz by Bob McQuillen, a wonderful tunesmith and squeezeboxer of New England, USA. I call him the king of waltzes.
16 The Flowers of Manchester
(Tony thinks this is the name but...) Although simple, to my mind, Morris tunes have a strength and beauty to equal any others. As in great classical themes, there is great potential for harmonies.
17 The Haddock Song
A tribute to the wonderful smoke houses along our Norfolk/Suffolk Coast.
18 Con Cassidy's Jig
I learnt this from Alisdair Cameron, esteemed member of my Von Krapp Family Band in Norfolk. Con Cassidy was a terrific Donegal Fiddler.