British folk music before the 1960s

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Can anyone recommend a CD of British folksongs recorded BEFORE the revival of the 60s? Field recordings (or whatever) of songs later recorded by Anne Briggs, Bert Jansch, Fairport etc.

Stuff like Blackwaterside, Tam Lin, Rosemary Lane etc

bham, Tuesday, 16 August 2005 09:33 (fifteen years ago) link

I think the earliest recordings are Joseph Taylor singing in 1907? Don't know if it's available on CD tho.

When You Wore a Tulip (and I Had a Big Red Nose) (Dada), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 09:48 (fifteen years ago) link

There's a good collection of early Copper Family recordings on Topic that has 'The Lark in the Morning' and stuff like that on it. Think it's 50s & early 60s stuff.

I'm sure that a lot of the field recordings that Alan Lomax did would be worth investigating too (sorry, don't know as much about this as I'd like to!).

NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 09:55 (fifteen years ago) link

Also lots of those "themed" albums that were originally done by Ewan MacColl for the BBC in the 50s, I believe they're available. Topic is probably the best bet for this sorta thing.

When You Wore a Tulip (and I Had a Big Red Nose) (Dada), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 09:59 (fifteen years ago) link

Hey, here's a good discog...
http://www.efdss.org/discogra.htm

NickB (NickB), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 10:03 (fifteen years ago) link

That's a very good discog! I've tried listening to this stuff before but I can't get into it

When You Wore a Tulip (and I Had a Big Red Nose) (Dada), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 10:10 (fifteen years ago) link

PS: I am selling that Copper Family thing on Amazon, only without the bizarre case (which broke). It's good, but I listen to it only rarely.

PJ Miller (PJ Miller 68), Tuesday, 16 August 2005 10:27 (fifteen years ago) link


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