All in the Same Tune / Unabridged

by Folly Bridge

This 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
5.Lowlands
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

  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.
  3. Go from my Window: a tale of an unhappy marriage, first printed in the 16th century but probably much older.
  4. Old Molly Metcalfe: The refrain, Yan, Tan, Tethera, Methera, Pip is the old way of counting sheep - the words varied from dale to dale. These days this form of counting is only used in the Treasury ...
  5. Lowlands: A brake or windlass shanty, one of the oldest forms of shipboard worksongs. The theme of the drowned lover returning in a dream probably originates from an earlier border-ballad.
  6. Young Simon John: The late Tommy Daniels of Batley wrote many good songs this is one of Graham’s favourites. It has a definite ‘Last of the Summer Wine’ flavour!
  7. Come my Lads (Let Union Be): Collected by Baring-Gould in the 1880s, and published in Folk Songs of the Upper Thames by Alfred Williams who dismissed it as a “second-rate drinking song”. (Does that make us second-rate drinkers)
  8. General Taylor: A good rousing shanty, which we take a few liberties with.
  9. The Herring: A widely-known cumulative song, offering various interesting uses for this very versatile fish. Graham learned this version from a very young Dave Burland!
  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.
  11. Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy: an old favourite - one of the first songs we ever did together.
  12. Watercress-O: Roger Watson, formerly of Muckram Wakes, wrote this song concerning an unwitting victim of an industrial dispute, the local watercress-seller.
  13. Bay of Fundy: a splendidly moody song from the pen of ex-seaman Gordon Bok, written after the experience of being becalmed for 11 days in the notorious Fundy Bay, off the coast of Maine.
  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?)

 

No Notes were ever provided for ‘All in the Same Tune’


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!
Pony Driving
a gentle song from Swillington Colliery
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.
Sample not available
Carrion Crow
a bit of silly nonsense
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See description for other tracks
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