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Songs Sung in Suffolk

‘Popular Folk Songs, Old Songs and Ballads sung by traditional singers from Suffolk’


Fred Whiting (Kenton) Ted Chaplin (Wingfield) Gordon Woods (Framsden) Charlie Hancy (Bungay) Geoff Ling (Blaxhall) Charlie Stringer (Wickham Skeith) Tom Smith (Thorpe Morieux) Tony Harvey (Tannington) Cyril Barber (Felsham) Harry Chambers (Dennington) Manny Aldous (Great Bricett)

(click on the artistes name to see a photo and /or a short biography)


These recordings come from every corner of Suffolk, from remote rural hamlets to wind-blown coastal hinterlands. These are real traditional singers, village songsters who have had their songs passed down to them by their families or communities. The recordings are studio quality although most were made in the singers’ kitchens. Passing farm wagons, ticking clocks and crowing cockerels are all part of the atmosphere.


Tracks (click on the title to see the words of each song and read notes about it)           

1. The Faithful Sailor - Fred Whiting (3.24)

2. The Oak & the Ash - Ted Chaplin (2.56)

3. Ball of Yarn - Gordon Woods (1.30)

4. Bungay Roger - Charlie Hancy (2.37)

5. The Sailor Cut Down in his Prime - Fred Whiting (3.03)

6. The Larks they Sang Melodious - Geoff Ling (4.04)

7. When Jones' Ale was New - Charlie Stringer (1.53)

8. John Barleycorn - Tom Smith (3.13)

9. The Wild Colonial Boy - Fred Whiting (3.23 )

10. The Nutting Girl - Tony Harvey (2.09)

11. Jimmy Johnson - Cyril Barber (1.45)

12. The Jolly Ploughboy - Fred Whiting (2.28)

13. Sam the Carter's Lad - Tony Harvey (2.49)

14. Flash Company - Geoff Ling (3.52)

15. The Barley Mow - Harry Chambers (2.30)

16. Sheepshearing and Thatching - Fred Whiting (2.46)

17. The Old Song (Jack on the Green) - Tom Smith (0.46)

18. The Farmer from Cheshire - Charlie Stringer (1.42)

19. The Ups and Downs - Gordon Woods (2.13)

20. The Blacksmith's Mantrap - Fred Whiting (2.56)

21. Australia - Geoff Ling (1.57)

22. Caroline and the Young Sailor Bold - Tony Harvey (3.40)

23. The Queen of May - Manny Aldous (2.01)

24. One Fine Morning Early in Spring - Fred Whiting (2.24)

25. Hail the Dewy Morning - Cyril Barber (2.10)

26. The Serving Maid - Charlie Stringer (1.18)

27. The Bonny Labouring Boy - Tony Harvey (2.54)

28. Barley Mow - Fred Whiting (2.36)


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