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Veteran Advent Calendar
Here's a novelty for any of you who use Facebook! We have a Veteran Mail Order page, and this December, each day we will feature some of the older albums from our label, in an "Advent Calendar" with bonus photos from our extensive personal collection.
We hope it will shine a light on some of the lesser-known albums on the Veteran label, and we also hope people will enjoy looking at the extra photographs.
Here's one of me and Font Whatling at Christmas session, c.1985. A village hall somewhere, nearly 40 years ago I don't remember where!
If you want to buy any of the CDs in time for Christmas, you’ll have to order early! But downloads are, of course, available "24-7".
Seasonal best wishes,
Please note that this website, the Veteran label and mail order service is now being run by Katie Howson, following the death of John Howson in June 2022.
The short term aim is to keep the existing Veteran catalogue available and to run the mail order service in a smaller way. Long-term plans are being made to ensure that the Veteran business will be able to develop and expand.
John led an exceptionally busy and influential life in folk music, as described in several obituaries, which you can read here: Living Tradition folk magazine; The Guardian and the East Anglian Daily Times.
Further information about the history of the Veteran label can be found on our About Veteran page.
Veteran pop-up sales - Summer 2023
We will be at Whitby Folk Week (19th-25th August - in the Craft Fair)
and Traditional Music Day (2nd September, Stowmarket, Suffolk),
with a full range of Veteran CDs, the last of our book stock and
some bargain CDs from other labels too, so do look out for us!
CD-Rs being phased out
For the last couple of years, we made some of the early Veteran albums available on CD-R. These were not commercial releases and were only be available from our website. The first, and probably most popular of these was VT123CDR Heart and Home - Irish Fiddle Music from Lucy Farr.
We are now making a permanent change to our products, in that we will not be producing any more CD-Rs in the future. All Veteran CDs are produced using professional glass mastering, and we would never use CD-Rs for a new release, as the format is not stable enough. (see: What is the difference between a CD and a CD-R).
Any albums which are not available as glass-mastered CDs will continue to be available as downloads. We are aware of a couple of problems with the download system at the moment and are working to resolve these.
Please note, this does not mean no more proper CDs on the Veteran label! We are still laying plans for the future of the label, so it is early days yet to make any announcements. The full range of Veteran CDs remains available.
Currently we have limited stocks of the following CD-Rs, so if you would like one, please order soon - just click on the the link to the album page to purchase.
When they're gone they're gone (but still downloadable!). UPDATE 1.12.23: no CD-Rs available now.
VT113CDR A Dartmoor Country Dance Party - Bob Cann's Pixie Band CDR now SOLD OUT
VT114CDR One of the Best Songs from Derbyshire - George Fradley CDR now SOLD OUT
VT121CDR What a Lovely War - various, including Gordon Hall, Hamish Henderson et al
VT125CDR The Long Strand - Liverpool Irish Fiddlers CDR now SOLD OUT
VT128CDR Put Another Log on the Fire - Duncan Williamson CDR now SOLD OUT
VT129CDR I've Come to Sing a Song Cornish Family Songs - Vic Legg
VT132CDR Donegal & Back! Songs, ballads & whistle tunes - Packie Byrne CDR now SOLD OUT
VT134CDR Linkin' o'er the Lea - Maggie Murphy CDR now SOLD OUT
VT136CDR The Yellow Handkerchief England’s greatest gypsy singer’- Phoebe Smith
VT149CDR My Colleen by the Shore Songs in the Irish tradition from Liverpool - Bruce Scott
VT156CDR Le Buíochas Traditional singing from Ireland - Roisin White
The traditional Veteran winter sale is here again!
And to help you celebrate and to add to your Christmas stocking list we are offering reduced prices on many albums from our festival stall back stock on the Wild Goose, Ossian, Greentrax, Topic and Fledgling labels. Some are reduced by as much as 50%, so browse away and find some bargains!
All sale items are within the main listings which can be accessed via the Welcome page.
Here are a few seasonal offerings to tempt you too - but be quick, we only have a few of each in stock!
The Copper Family on this album comprises John and Jill Copper, Jill's husband Jon Dudley, and The Young Coppers: Mark, Andy and Sean Barratt and Ben, Lucy and Tom Copper. The last recording featuring John and Jill's father, the legendary Bob Copper. Bob's father Jim and cousin Ron appear on the archive tracks. Booklet notes by Dr. Vic Gammon.
CD - £11.99
Book - £25.00 Add to Basket
This book (and accompanying CD) by respected musician, teacher, lecturer and broadcaster Matt Cranitch, explains and shows in detail the various techniques used by fiddle players in creating a traditional style of playing Irish music. It is aimed not only at the beginner, but also the fiddle-player (or violinist) with some knowledge and experience who wishes to learn more. Particular emphasis is given to bowing and ornamentation, with individual chapters devoted to jigs, slides, polkas, hornpipes, airs and reels. The book also attempts to convey something of the excitement felt in playing music, and the CD is an invaluable aid to learning as it allows the listener to hear how the music and ornamentation should sound.
Book & CD - £22.00 Add to Basket
We're still here! Apologies for the amount of out-of-stock notices on the website at the moment, we've been selling at a couple of festivals, and it's also taking a long time to work through all the issues following John Howson's death three months ago.
We do have one or two new items of stock, including two books of Irish music -The Jackie Daly Collection (226 tunes composed by the accordion grand master himself). It is priced at £25 plus P&P. We'll get it up on the site properly when we can, but in the meantime, if you're desperate to get hold of a copy, email us at email@example.com
The other book is by Jackie's musical partner-in-crime, Matt Cranitch - The Irish Fiddle Book - which is a tutor book complete with CD, costing £22.
We are very sad to inform you that the founder of the Veteran label and mail order service, JOHN HOWSON, died on 13th June 2022.
We apologise for any difficulties in using this website at the present time, while we work out how to handle everything.
Much of our stock is still available, and payment can still be made by card as normal.
We will sort out Paypal payment again soon, but in the meantime, if you wish to pay by another method, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your mail order enquiries and we should be able to sort it out.
Thank you for your custom in the past, and please look out for improvements to the website in the future.
Further information about the history of the Veteran label can be found on our About Veteran page.
The first reviews of our new CD have arrived.
Magazine reviews of VT163CD 'My true love he dwells on the mountain' have now been published in 'The Living Tradition', 'English Dance & Song' and 'Folk London' and they seem to like it !!!!
Here's some snippets:
"Together these recordings form a glorious kaleidoscope of all available instrumental colours. This well-sequenced disc contains not a single performance you’d want to miss (just like stumbling on a great pub session!), and it represents something of an evocative time-capsule, captured in remarkably good sound given the circumstances." The Living Tradition
"Veteran continues to produce consistently high-quality products and this CD is no exception. Fantastic, evocative music with the occasional pub background noise to provide context and, of course, the obligatory step dancing on some tracks. That is, after all, what this music is all about." English Dance & Song
"Here are relaxed and delightful performances by some really fine players, many of them well known from their own albums. The CD is presented as neatly and informatively as we have come to expect from the redoubtable Veteran. This super snapshot of a vibrant musical scene is highly recommended." Folk London
To read the full reviews click here.
New Veteran release!
Yes we have a new CD and what a cracker it is ..............
Our last release VT162CD 'Tabhair mo ghrá go Conamara' - 'Bring my love to Connemara' focused on the Terry Yarnell's recordings of Sean-nós singers from Co.Galway.
Now we continue the story of his early 1970s field trips with a remarkable collection of twenty instrumental tracks from some of the finest traditional musicians to be recorded in the West of Ireland:
Willie Clancy (uilleann pipes), Vincent Griffin (fiddle), Chris Droney (concertina), Jim & Seamus Donoghue (Clarke's tin whistle & tambourine), Gabe O'Sullivan (fiddle & flute), Festy Conlon (tin whistle), Paddy Bán Ó Brion with Frankie Gavin (stepdance & tin whistle), Dan O’Dowd (uilleann pipes) and Rita & Sarah Keane and family (accordion, fiddle, flute and percussion).
VT163CD 'My true love he dwells on the mountain'
Traditional music from the West of Ireland
CD - £11.99 Add to Basket
Well, Christmas is almost upon us and we have been holding back from wishing you all a festive greetings but the time has come!
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
to all our customer old and new!
and to help you celebrate and to add to your Christmas stocking list
we are giving you a festive discount:
Christmas /New Year offer
Over this festive season we are offering the full Veteran catalogue, that's all CDs and CDR copies
with a 10% discount. All you need to do is to add a promotional code at checkout,
Have a look at our Offers page
to see what to do.
and of course you might also be interested in all the other goodies available on on our web-site (but please use a separate order form) including our most popular CD at this time of the year
Autumn has arrived and our festival stall has closed, but you of course can still order from our web-site as usual, and do watch this space for new releases and offers!
It's festival time!
But unfortunately many festivals, this year have again had to pull the plug or produce a scaled down event, so we are again offering our on-line festival stall. for two month with free UK postage
Keep a check on it as new stock will be added over the next couple of month!
Will Noble first album revisited
Athough seven of of the tracks from Will Noble's 1992 cassette VT124 'In that beautiful dale' are now available on various Veteran compilation CDs the nine other tracks have not been available. To remedy this we are submitting the whole of the album for digital release, and we offering a CDR copy as we have done with our other 'digital download only' releases.
VT124CD 'In that beautiful dale' - Will Noble
CDR - £5.99 Add to Basket
New payment method
We have had some comments and complaints about the unreliability of PayPal as a payment gateway. Basically the problem has been that if a customer elects to use a credit or debit card, more often than not the only payment method actually offered is via a Paypal account.
We have therefore added another way to pay using your credit or debit card, via the highly recommended, secure payment gateway called ‘Stripe’. So there are now two buttons at checkout: one for credit /debit card payments, and one for payment with a PayPal account.
We hope our new system will make website payment far more straightforward!
New Year bargain bundles! Just £20 for three CDs.
Mabs & Gordon Hall
Various English singers
English singing bundle - £20.00
The Rice Family - Dartmoor mouthorgan and concertina
Michael Sheehy - Music from the Sliabh Luachra tradition
Various East Anglian dulcimer players (CD x 2)
Music bundle - £20.00
Will Noble & John Cocking
VT147CD 'Yon Green Banks' A nights singing recorded live
Yorkshire bundle - £20.00
New Year honours for John Kirkpatrick
Congratulations from all at Veteran to John K for his well deserved MBE in the New Year's honours list. If your not familiar with his music we have the following CDs currently in stock.
A new review in the Folk Music Journal!
VT162CD 'Tabhair mo ghrá go Conamara' - 'Bring my love to Connemara'
"The producers of the CD have shown great sensitivity in their treatment of these field recordings. It is to be hoped it will bring the featured singers and their songs to the attention of a wider audience and a new generation of singers. It will be a welcome and useful addition to the collection of anyone who has an interest in traditional singing."
Read the full review here: VT162CD reviews
First published in the Folk Music Journal, 12, 1 (2021) with permission of the editor.
Merry Christmas to all our regular and new customers.
Welcome to our new style website. We had several comments about our summer virtual festival stall, saying that it was easier to navigate, so we have simplified the whole site in a similar way. We hope you like it!
And as Christmas is on the doorstep here is some festive listening to consider:
The Copper Family on this album comprises John and Jill Copper, Jill's husband Jon Dudley, and The Young Coppers: Mark, Andy and Sean Barratt and Ben, Lucy and Tom Copper. Bob Copper was still well enough to record this album with us but sadly died in March 2004. Bob's father Jim and cousin Ron appear on the archive tracks. Booklet notes by Dr. Vic Gammon.
New stock just added to the Virtual Festival CD stall
Yes! Lots of new CDs from the 'Talking Elephant' label including: Cyril Tawney and Morris dance CDs.
Have a look: The Veteran Virtual Festival CD Stall
We are open! Come and browse!
Our May sale is over but we are still open for business.
Covid-19 news and a on-line sale
Our mail order service has continued throughout these difficult times and although deliveries are, as to be expected, taking longer, the Post Office are doing a brilliant job. So thumbs up to them!
Their working practices have changed so social distancing and extra cleanliness is observed in their depots and door step deliveries are contact free.
As for us we are not having any new stock delivered and we are using Royal Mail 'Click & Drop'. This means we print out pre-paid postal labels and our packets go straight into the post box, not over a post office counter.
And if you need something new to listen to during the lockdown:
Three dozen CDs and books at knock down prices!
The sale is for one month only and will close at midnight on 31st May
Stock is limited so first come first served!
Two more albums from our back catalogue available on CD-R
Crowd pleasing comic songs have always been a favourite amongst traditional singers in the eastern counties and two of our most popular albums feature an abundance of them. Originally produced on CD, then as downloads only, we are now offering them on CD-R.
VTC3CDR Various artistes - 'Comic Songs Sung in Suffolk'
Comic Songs, Music Hall Songs & Parodies sung by traditional singers'.
£6.99 - CDR
VT155DR Ray Hubbard - 'Norfolk Bred'
Songs, tunes and stories from a Norfolk horseman
£6.99 - CDR
All original Veteran CDs are produced using professional glass mastering. What we are offering here are CD-Rs.
We nearly missed another great review!
We knew there was to be a review of VT162CD 'Tabhair mo ghrá go Conamara' - 'Bring my love to Connemara' in the 'Irish Music' magazine but we missed it in December!
Anyway read it here in all its glory: VT162CD reviews
Lucy Farr on CD-R
We have had quite a bit of interest recently in our Lucy Farr album VT123DR Heart & Home.
It was originally produced on cassette but more recently has been a 'digital only' release. Although that has given it worldwide accessibility, there are still enthusiasts who dislike downloads particularly as they are compressed MP3 files which can compromise audio quality.
All Veteran CDs are produced using professional glass mastering. We would never use CD-Rs for a new release. (see:What is the difference between a CD and a CD-R).
We are however making high quality wav. files of our ‘digital only’ releases available on CD-R. These will not be commercial releases and not sold in shops, they will only be available from our website. The first of these is VT123CDR Heart and Home - Irish Fiddle Music from Lucy Farr.
CDR - £6.99 (plus P+P)
Watch out for more in coming months!
A five star review!
VT162CD 'Tabhair mo ghrá go Conamara' - 'Bring my love to Connemara' has received a sparkling five star review from major world music magazine Songlines.
Read it here: VT162CD reviews
A superb new book, just in time for Christmas
The Spirit of the Reels - The story of the Famous Liverpool Céilí Band
'The book relives the times and triumphs of The Famous Liverpool Ceílí Band. Following this traditional Irish band from their Liverpool origins, to their All-Ireland victories in the 1960s and their remarkable tour of the States. Bringing to life the humourous exploits of these outstanding musicians in a fascinating history of traditional Irish music and the social change they lived through.
New CD of Scottish mouth music
‘Dhannsadh Gun Dannsadh’ - ‘Dance Songs of the Scottish Gaels'
Volume 28 of the highly rated Scottish Tradition Series from the archives of the School of Scottish Studies the album features songs which were used for dance. Performed by a vast array of Gaelic singers includes such notables as Mary Morrison, Annie Arnott, Kate MacDonald, Kitty MacLeod, Calum Johnston, Kenneth MacIver, John Shaw, John MacInnes, Dr William Mathieson and Donald MacColl.
CD - £11.99 (plus P+P)
Popular CDs back in stock!
Recent releases from WildGoose
New on the Veteran label!
'Tabhair mo ghrá go Conamara' - 'Bring my love to Connemara'
Sean-nós singing from Co.Galway
A remarkable collection of songs in both English and Irish from: Seán 'ac Dhonncha, Rita & Sarah Keane, Pádraic Ó Conghaile, Tom Pháidín Tom, Cáit Bean Uí Chonluain and Colm Ó Caoidheáin recorded in the early 1970s by Terry Yarnell.
CD - £10.99
New Irish melodeon CD and return of a couple of old favourites
A new melodeon CD celebrating his father Johnny Connolly from Johnny Óg Connolly
Fear Inis Bearachain
CD - £14.95 (plus P+P)
Recent releases from WildGoose
Re-issue and new CD from Northern Ireland
'Tis pretty to be in Ballinderry
Len Graham, Jane Cassidy, Brian OhAirt, Maurice Leydon, Méabh Meir, Jennifer Orr Roisin White.
Three new releases!
The long awaited jig doll book has arrived!
A new book about Jigs Dolls from England and beyond - packed with photographs.
Melodeon Mad! Bobby Gardiner
CD - £13.95 (plus P+P)
A catch up on new releases from WildGoose, Fellside and Fledg'ling
A new book and CD of comic songs
Con Ó Drisceoil .
Magnetic South Four Star Trio -
Reviews of Will Noble's CD 'It's gritstone for me' are arriving. See what they say......
'It’s gritstone for me’ goes a long way towards catching the skill, the elegance and the downright humanity of the singer, and makes the listener more determined than ever to be in the audience and hear The Real Thing.
If you enjoy good singing in the traditional style, and a broad range of songs delivered in a relaxed and confident manner, then you should go out and get this one. The Living Tradition
and just released!
HebeCD009 in stock
everything and ... Duck Soup
An eclectic set of tunes and songs accompanied on a melodeon, mandolin, bass, tiple, marimba, phonofiddle and (as the notes say) yes, the kitchen sink! Performed with panache by 'Duck Soup' - Dan Quinn, Ian Kearey and Adam Bushell. T
CD - £11.99 (plus P+P)
A new CD, one we missed and one we have re-stocked - All from Jim MacFarland
Two new stunning CDs of traditional English and Irish singing!
An update on the newest releases on the WildGoose and Fellside labels
New English CD added to our catalogue
PRODAN2017 A Little Cup of Tea
A new release from Suffolk based song and tunes band - Proper English
CD - £11.99 (plus P+P)
New on the Veteran label!
Will Noble - 'It's gritstone for me' - Songs from Yorkshire with Will's son and daughter, Cuthbert and Lydia.
CD - £11.99 (plus P+P)
Topic Records no longer supply CDs directly to retailers. Their wholesale sales are handled by Proper Distribution, but they do not currentlyhold all of Topic's stock.
This means that we sometimes have to wait over a month to re-stock some items.
We have therefore decided only to offer those CDs marked 'In stock' on our English, Irish, Scottish and compilation pages until further notice.
Another great new release on Veteran!
'The Cat's Rambles' - Music from the Sliabh Luachra tradition
Michael Sheehy plays polkas and slides learned from his West Limerick father. A gem of an album!
CD - £11.99 (plus P+P)
Two new English CDs added to our catalogue
First off is an excellent new release from the ever popular Jim Eldon SDCD012 'Songs and Fiddle Tunes'
CD - £11.99
And the second is a double CD which passed us by when it was first released. Straight from the Dartmoor tradition comes Bill Murray with his double live CD. WrenCD013 'Down 'opn Ole Dartymoor'
CD x 2 - £11.99
fRoots Playlist for our newest CD!
We are please to announce that VTDC12CD 'I thought I was the only one!'
has been selected for the prestigious fRoots Playlist chart in the current edition of the magazine.
The fRoots review and those from other magazines can now be read on the VTDC12CD review page.
Volume 27 in the Scottish Traditions series - just released!
The newest in Greentrax 'Scottish Traditions' series which makes available recordings from the School of Scottish Studies is:
CDTRAX 9027 Sguaban A Tìr An Eòrna ('Sheaves From The Land of Barley') - Traditions Of Tiree
featuring traditional singers, storytellers and piping from the small Hebridean Isle of Tiree.
CD - £11.99
Over the years we have missed some of the releases in this series. We have now added these and you will now find all of the 24 available CDs listed on the Scottish CDs page.
New 'Voice of the People' from Topic
A long awaited re-release of a classic album
Early Ballads in Ireland 1968-1985
Twenty traditional singers performing rare ballads from the north and south of Ireland. Edited by Tom Munnelly and Hugh Shields this album was originally released on cassette in 1985.
CD x 2 - £11.99 (plus P+P)
Newest releases from: Fledg'ling, WildGoose & Fellside
Another stunning new release on Veteran!
'I thought I was the only one!'
Billy Bennington, Walter Jeary, Jimmy Roger, Mollie Whittacker, Billy Cooper, Tommy Sparkes, Oswald Stammers, Charlie Philpot & Reg Reader
Dulcimer players from East Anglia - Archival recordings and a film of Billy Bennington.
CD + DVD - £15.99 (plus P+P)
Just released on Veteran!
'An audience with the Shepherds'
'Joe Hutton, Will Atkinson & Willie Taylor
Classic 'live' recordings of Northumberland's finest traditional musicians playing smallpipes. mouthorgan and fiddle and recorded with an audience in Derby, Whitby, London and Denby Dale, between 1988 and 1991.
CD - £11.99 (plus P+P)
New releases from Topic, Fledg'ling, Greentrax, Fellside and WildGoose
We now take payment via Paypal
see the link on our checkout page
Downloads without the internet!
We had a request from one of our subscribers to sell him on a USB memory stick, the ten albums we have re-released as downloads, so he didn't have to download them.
We thought what a good idea and so we are offering this service to everyone!
How to buy - 10 x Download albums on a memory stick
These are the albums which were originally only released on cassette and never made it to CD, and there are printable labels, inlays and traycards available for them all.
And Here's a catch up on this year newest releases from Topic, Fellside, WildGoose, Musical Traditions and Fleg'ling
Follow the blue hyperlinks for more information, ordering and track lists.
Newest releases from Topic
Newest releases from Fellside
Newest releases from WildGoose
Newest releases from Fledg'ling
And another cracking new CD from Ireland
A stunning new solo album from Ireland's greatest concertina player from East Clare.
A new wonderful new CD from Ireland
CRCD007 MAGNETIC SOUTH The Four Star Trio
Con O Driscoll (button accordion), Johnny McCarthy (fiddle) and Pat - Herring - Ahern (guitar) are the Four Star Trio and they make amazing music from the county of Cork!
Continuing our re-release of our classic back catalogue:
VT128DR PUT ANOTHER LOG ON THE FIRE - Duncan Williamson
'Songs and Tunes from a Scots Traveller' - Duncan singing ballads and songs and playing mouthorgan and jews harp as only he could.
This is a digital download only release with printable paper parts.
Plus four new mega CDs in the new 'Voice of the People' series: Available 28th April 2014 - but you can order now and we will send them out as soon as they arrive!
This latest addition to Topic's now-essential Voice of the People series features 60 recordings of traditional dance music from Northumberland and Cumberland.
TSCD676D THE BARLEY MOW - Various
Astonishing field recordings and a film made in Suffolk by Peter Kennedy in the 1950s, a rich record of a community steeped in traditional song and singing.
CD + DVD (of the wonderful 1955 Blaxhall Ship film)
TSCD677T THE FLAX IN BLOOM - Various
A wide selection of traditional music from Ulster across three themed discs, from the pioneering recordings of 1952-3 by Peter Kennedy and Sean O'Boyle.
TSCD678 ORKNEY - Various
A selection of the ground-breaking field recordings of instrumental music in Orkney made by Peter Kennedy in 1955.
New CD just out!
G&T001 BORROWED SHOES - PolkaWorks
Rollicking English dance music played with zest on melodeons, fiddles, hammered dulcimer, mouthorgan and piano from: Katie Howson, Jeannie Harris, Fi Fraser, Nina Hansell, Sue Harris and Gareth Kiddier
Another digital release from our back catalogue.
VT121DR WHAT A LOVELY WAR - Various
remarkable recordings are a selection from the 120 and more songs in Roy
Palmer’s book. “WHAT A LOVELY WAR!” (Michael Joseph
1990) and they are sung by many of his original informants (almost all old
soldiers) who relished the chance to sing these songs again. Contributors
include: Gordon Hall,
Hamish Henderson and
This is a digital download only release with printable paper parts.
A new CD and two 'salty' downloads from the Veteran back catalogue
HOP009 THE PASSING MOMENT - Liz Giddings & Roger Digby
A first CD from the Dynamic fiddle and concertina duo with accompaniment from Ken Lees, Sue Lees, Martin Appleby and Ted Stevens plus four songs from Bob Davenport
VT112DR MEN OF STAITHES - Staithes Fishermens' Choir
Fisherman's Hymns and favourite songs sung by the North Yorkshire choir with piano accompaniment.
This is a digital download only release with printable paper parts.
VT127DR SAILING DAYS - Stan Hugill
Shanties and Sea Songs of the Mersey Shanty Man with chorus sung by Liverpool's Stormalong John.
This is a digital download only release with printable paper parts.
See the Digital Downloads page for more information about digital only albums
Christmas is coming and here's some suggestions to get you into the festive mood:
CSCD4 COPPERS AT CHRISTMAS - The Copper Family
John and Jill Copper, Jill's husband Jon Dudley, and The Young Coppers: Mark, Andy and Sean Barratt and Ben, Lucy and Tom Copper. Bob Copper was still well enough to record this album with us but sadly died in March 2004. Bob's father Jim and cousin Ron appear on the archive tracks. Booklet notes by Dr. Vic Gammon.
FLED 3060 CAROLLING & CRUMPETS - John Kirkpatrick
A remarkable journey through the English Midwinter in music and song. The customs and traditions of England at Midwinter yield a breathtaking array of dazzling riches. Accordion maestro John Kirkpatrick takes the listener through tunes celebrating Midwinter dance, rhymes of hope and luck-bringing, songs in honour of food and seasonal merriment and an original song all about the Nativity from the on-looking creatures viewpoint.
TSCD563 FROST AND FIRE
- The Watersons
FLEG 3006 THE HOLLY BEARS THE CROWN - Young Tradition with Shirley Collins
A collection of seasonal songs from some of the finest voices of the 1960′s English folk revival. The majestic, uplifting vocals of the YOUNG TRADITION – Heather Wood, Peter Bellamy and Royston Wood – are joined by Shirley and Dolly Collins.
FTSR5 SEASONS, CEREMONIES AND RITUALS - Various Artists
The calendar in traditional song. This CD follows the seasons with songs about the seasons or songs connected with festivals and rituals - from harvest to pace-egging.
Up-date of new releases added to our catalogue in recent months
TSCD823 THE FULL ENGLISH - Fay Hield, Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Rob Harbron, Ben Nicholls
The Full English is a groundbreaking project sponsored by the English Folk Dance and Song Society that draws together for the first time the early 20th century folksong collections resulting in the most comprehensive searchable database of British folk songs, tunes, dances and customs in the world. To mark the launch of the project, folksong scholar and acclaimed singer Fay Hield has assembled The Full English band, pulling together half a dozen of the top talents on the English folk music circuit.
Won’t Be Long Now is Linda Thompson’s first album in six years and is a return to her folk roots and a bit of a family affair – featuring a duet with former husband Richard Thompson, regular contributions from their children Teddy and Kami, and grandson Zak Hobbs. (Available on CD and vinyl LP)
"Any new record from the unforgettable Sara Grey is a cause for celebration" claimed fRoots magazine whilst R2 magazine described her as "one of the finest exponents of American Old Time music". The highly respected Sing Out magazine expanded on this saying Sara has "a vast repertoire and a deep understanding of the songs she sings".
FECD258 A MARITIME MISCELLENY - Hughie Jones
Hughie Jones, formerly of the now legendary folk group, The Spinners, returns with his fourth CD for Fellside. Hailing from Liverpool it is only natural that songs about the sea would take a major role in his repertoire and Hughie regularly sings at Maritime festivals both here and in the USA. This new collection has songs written by Hughie, songs from other songwriters, reworkings of old themes sitting alongside old favourites.
FECD257 THE LIBERTY TO CHOOSE - James Findlay, Bella Hardy, Brian Peters, Lucy Ward
A Selection of songs from the new 'Penguin Book Of English Folk Songs' (originally published in 1959) compiled by Ralph Vaughan Williams and A. L. Lloyd which became the folk singer's 'bible'. Under the musical direction of the respected musician and singer, Brian Peters we have assembled three award winning singers who are at the forefront of the current folk scene.
FECD256 WINTER FIRES - Gren Bartley
Following hard on the footsteps of his previous album - FECD247 ("A quiet triumph" fRoots magazine) - Gren takes another leap forward employing his renowned guitar skills, poetic lyrics and subtly powerful voice with this stunning collection of new songs. "As an acoustic finger picking guitar and banjo player he has few if any equals in his age group; as a rooted-in-folk songwriter he's developed an alarmingly good canon of work" R2 magazine.
FECD255 EMBERS - Joe Tilson
After years on the Punk scene as a member of Random Hand, Joe (son of Steve Tilston and Maggie Boyle) makes his debut as a songwriter and solo performer.
WGS399CD WRECK OFF SCILLY - Andy Clarke & Steve Tyler
Andy Clark is a fine singer and accomapanist and is joined by Steve Tyler an accliamed hurdy gurdy player.
Despite having played on around 250 albums in bands (The Arizona Smoke Revue, The Joyce Gang, The Brighton Taverners), duos (with Phil Beer, Mick Ryan, Maggie Boyle) and sessions, this is only Paul Downes’s 5th solo album. Here is the mix of traditional, contemporary and instrumental material that you would expect from his live performances.
Making up and arranging songs and tunes has been a huge pleasure since I first came to folk music some 15 years ago. More recently, I’ve been dabbling in the dangerous waters of arranging traditional songs for choirs since being invited to lead a wonderful community choir in my home village of Cheddar some four years ago. This has opened my eyes to the joys of choral singing, and has also inspired the writing of some new songs specifically for choirs.
FLED3094 OBERLIN 1968 - The Young Tradition
The live reputation of the mighty Young Tradition lives long in the memories of all who heard them during their brief career. Live recordings were thought not to exist until, 45 years later, an American fan remembered the reel-to-reel recording he’d made at Oberlin College on 17th November 1968. Carefully restored, these tapes are now released by Fledg’ling Records on CD.
New Veteran downloads now available
Continuing the re-release of our back cassette catalogue as digital downloads, four new ones are now available. All have printable paper parts available as PDFs as do all our 'digital only' releases. See the Digital Downloads page for more information.
Songs, dances and reminiscences from Francis Shergold
and Bampton Traditional Morris Dancers
Bob Cann's Pixie Band
George Fradley - Songs from Derbyshire
Sam Sherry - '60 years of Lancashire entertainment'
We are closing our PO Box in September 2013.
Please change our contact details to the following address:
Veteran Mail Order, 44 Old Street, Haughley, Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 3NX.
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New stock added to our catalogue
To mark Eliza Carthy’s first twenty one years as a professional musician, Topic Records, have released a career-spanning ‘best of’ double album which includes live tracks, samples of a few of her many collaborations with other artists and previously unreleased material.
WGS394CD Songs of Old Appalacia - Alice Wylde
Alice was born and raised as one of eight children in the heart of West Viginia, the only state completely within the Appalachian Mountain range. She spent 43 years of her life living up the same holler, until she made the move to England. She learned many of her songs from her mother and from folks in the local area and has sung them all her life.
WGS393CD When Every Song Was New - Mick Ryan & Paul Downes
The new album contains more traditional material than their earlier albums with many songs from Mick's past.
SPRCD1043 Over the High Hills - Shepheard, Spiers & Watson
It may have taken a long time - but here is the second CD collection from Pete, Tom and Arthur. They bring together a wealth of repertoire accompanied on melodeon, fiddle and whistle and gleaned directly from the many traditional singers they have known.
The are also new additions of archival recordings to our Irish catalogue. Have a look at the news page on www.veteran.ie
You can now search Amazon and buy your new kindle directly from our site. It cost you no more and we get a small associate's fee.
Have look at the Amazon page now!
New £5 CD offer!
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Our compilation of West Country singers Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh and All is now out of stock and there are no current plans to re-press it. It is therefore now only available as a digitial download and the catalogue number has changed to VTC9DR.
It is available from all of the main digital retailers and more information can be found on our Download page.
As with our other digital only releases you find links to artwork pdfs which enable you to print paper parts and labels if you want to burn a download to a CDR. See: VTC9DR artwork.
You will find a new banner on our English, Scottish, Compilation, Topic, Fellside, WildGoose and Fledg'ling pages which will take you to our new Downloads Page. There you will find search widgets for iTunes (U.K. & U.S.A) and Amazon MP3 (U.K. U.S.A. & Germany).
These linked widgets include a code for our associate IDs. This gives us a small fee every time you use the links and does not cost you any more.
Please use them whenever you are looking to a buy any downloads.
Of course for Veteran downloads you will find specific buttons on each album's page and again our associate IDs are embedded.
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All Veteran label CDs
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Two new Veteran digital downloads with printable paper parts.
Yes you can now download these and our other 'download only' albums, burn them onto a CDR and then by following the links you can print from a pdf an inlay, traycard and label for each.
Heart & Home
25 tracks from the legendary Galway fiddle player Lucy Farr. Originally release in 1992 on cassette only
The Long Strand
Three great fiddle players from Liverpool, Sean McNamara, Eamon Coyne & Peggy Peakin. Originally release in 1992 on cassette only
These and all our digital downloads now have direct quick links to iTunes and Amazon download pages.
The whole of the Fledg'ling label has now been added to this web-site. Follow the blue link and find classic and award winning CDs by a host of artistes including: John Kirkpatrick, Home Service, Shirley & Dolly Collins and Fotheringay.
New additions our websites
A new CD from the Fife Traditional Singer's Festival which includes: John Valentine, Elizabeth Stewart, Pete Shepherd, Jimmy Hutchinson, Emily Portman, Brian Dawson and Len Graham.
and from Ireland on www.veteran.ie
By Hook or By Crook
The Tin Sandwich Band areJohn & Pip Murphy (mouthorgans) Benny McCarthy (melodeon) and Donal Clancy (guitar)
More amazing archive footage from RTE television programmes.
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Just released on Veteran
John & Tim Lyons
Easy & Bold
John and Tim Lyons have been involved in traditional music for much of their lives although they have rarely sung together. They have now settled back home and John’s children are continuing their musical tradition. They are rightly considered two of Ireland’s finest traditional singers.
Big news for 2012!
All Veteran CDs are now available as MP3 downloads
On each Veteran CD page you will now find a link to iTunes where you can buy a full CD download for as little as £7.49 or single tracks for 79p.
What this also means is you can now listen to a sample of every track on every CD in our catalogue.
For more information have a look at: digital downloads
New additions to www.veteran.ie
Some remarkable songs collected in Co. Louth sung by Sean Corcoran, Donal Maguire and Gerry Cullen.
Len Graham is one of Ireland’s best known traditional singers who has gained an international reputation, not only for his inimitable singing style, but also for the breadth of his knowledge of Irish folk music.
Len Graham recorded live in concert at various events during 2009
We now have a new website which specialises in Irish traditional music and songs.
Eventually this site will just contain English and Scottish material and all the Irish content will be removed.
More importantly the new site allows us to included hundreds more CDs, with even more being added over the coming months.
Have a look today and check out the pages on Fiddle, Uilleann Pipes, Flute, Tin Whistle, Button Accordion, Melodeon, Concertina, Mouthorgan, Banjo, Harp, Bodhran, Ceili Bands, Duos, Groups, Songs sung in English, Songs sung in Irish, Storytellers, Compilations and DVDs.
There is now a free Veteran or Kyloe CD available on our Offers page.
Two more great reviews of VTC10CD Stepping it out again! have just been added from 'The Living Tradition' and 'Mardles'.
As you will know today there has been a dramatic rise in postal charges from Royal Mail.
We have had to think long and hard about this over the past week and we have decided that we now have to change our pricing from 'incl. U.K. P+P' to a price where P+P is added.
We have actually reduced our prices across the web-site by £1.00 per item which was the P+P element and now P+P will be added at checkout.
This means that we have not increased our actual CD prices for a decade!!!
Also we have now instituted banded postage prices on our shopping cart so the more you order the cheaper the postage becomes. You could actually be paying less in the future, particularly if you are ordering from outside the U.K.
May Madness Sale
As the 'Summer is a-coming in Oh' (if a little wet!) we are offering you a massive spring sale with a reduction of 10% on everything you order, but there is a time limit, so order now.
Have a look at our offers page to get the promotional code - Offers
The latest news on the Topic 'Voice off the People' CDs is the release date has been put back again to 9th April, and we have the first batch of, rather good, reviews for our newest release VTC10CD Stepping it out again! with the national magazine Songlines saying:
"The variety and quality of these field recordings from the last quarter of the 20th century makes this a nigh-on essential purchase for lovers of traditional songs."
and the regional magazine Shreds and Patches enthuses:
"The presentation, as with all Veteran products, is first-class. The content, though, is (even by Veteran’s standards) special. For an extra ordinary snapshot of what drives collectors in their work, you cannot get better than this."
To read the full reviews follow this link: Read VTC10CD reviews
Next a rake of new (and old) Irish CDs have just been added (re-added) to our catalogue.
First off is a remarkable CD from two young anglo concertina players Jack Talty (Co. Clare) & Cormac Begley (Co. Kerry) playing a whole range of concertinas in a variety of sizes and keys. With so many memorable tunes this is one of the best CDs we've heard for a long time.
Second is a new CD from Dublin singer Jerry O'Reilly with another fine set of songs sung in his own distinctive style.
And finally we have at last got, back in stock, the CDs from the concertina player and piper Tommy McCarthy and family, plus three others we have not listed before.
MMCD53 The Hidden Note Jacqueline McCarthy Debut solo recording of concertina player. Her family - Tommy Sen., Marion, Bernadette and Tommy Jun. - are also featured on the album.
Tommy Keane & Jacqueline McCarthy Uilleann pipes and anglo concertina as a duet.
Up to date news about the new 'Voice of the People'
We can now confirm the the official release date for the first four of the new Topic 'Voice of the People series is Monday 26th March (a little later than expected). Below you will find a link to the track listing and list of the performers for each. All four will be packaged in slipcases with extensive booklets of notes.
Order now to get yours on (or even before!) the release date.
Songs by Southern English Traditional Singers. Selected & presented by Shirley Collins from classic recordings made in the 1950s by Peter Kennedy & Bob Copper.
Ned Adams, Joe Spicer, Lily Cook, George Maynard, Noah Gillette, Bob & Ron Copper, George Burton, Lily Cook, Luther Hills & Mark Fuller, Jim Barrett, Jim Swain, Turp Brown, Fred Hewett, Mrs. Hewett, George Attrill, George Maynard, Enos White, Jim Copper, Gladys Stone, Luther Hills with Mark Fuller, George Spicer, Harry Upton, Lottie Chapman, Frank Cole, Albert Beale, Bob & Ron Copper.
Songs by Southern English Gypsy Traditional Singers. Selected & presented by Shirley Collins from classic recordings made in the 1950s and 1960s by Peter Kennedy.
Phoebe Smith, Tom Willett, Janet Penfold, Rebecca Penfold, Charlie Scamp, Mary Fuller, Wally Fuller, Sheila Smith, Tom Willett, Rebecca Penfold, Jack Fuller, Wally Fuller, Chris Willett, Jack Fuller, Rebecca Penfold, Chris Willett, Wally Fuller, Carolyne Hughes (29 tracks), Celia Warren, John Hughes, Carrie Hughes, John Hughes.
Ballads sung by British and Irish Traditional Singers. Selected & presented by Steve Roud from recordings made in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
Bob & Ron Copper, Jean Elvin, Maggie Chambers, Bess Cronin, Paddy Doran, Ben Butcher, Maggie Stewart, Phil Tanner, Jeannie Robertson,
Gabriel Figg, Sarah Makem, Lucy Stewart, Thomas Moran, Jim O’Neill, Mick McAlinden, Maureen Melly, Sam Larner, Phoebe Smith, Margaret Jeffrey,
Harry Cox, Mary Toner, Harry List, Dodie Chalmers, Gladys Stone, Seamus Ennis, Paddy McCluskey, Lucy Stewart, Jim Copper, Jean Mathew,
Paddy Grant, Thomas Moran, Ethel Findlater, Harry Upton, Mary Doran, Joe Thomas, Dot Foubister, Michael Gallagher, Jim O’Neill, Charlotte Higgins,
Maggie Chambers, Peter Donnelly,Togo Crawford, Mary Anne Stewart, Emily Bishop, Joseph Higgins, Michael Gallagher, Jean Mathew, Joe Moran,
Fred Jordan, George Bloomfield, Mary McGarvey & Leslie Johnson.
Sarah Makem - Irish Traditional Singer.
Selected & presented by Rod Stradling from classic recordings made in the 1950s and 60s.
A new exciting CD on Veteran.
'traditional folk music, songs and stories from England & Ireland'.
These recordings were made by John Howson between 1975 and 2000 and come from his large collection which is now housed at the British Library’s National Sound Archive. They include some remarkable performances which have, surprisingly, eluded release on CD until now. Here is a vivid insight into the diversity of traditional folk songs, tunes, stories and stepdancing in rural and urban England and Ireland. Performers include: Jimmy Lynch, Tom Smith, Septimus Fawcett, Emma Vickers, Brian & Darren Breslin, Jack Stannard, Harry Litherland, Sarah Anne O'Neill, Reg Pratley, Denys Troughton, John Campbell, David Savage, Eli Frankham, Lucy Farr & Cyril Barber.
Lots of new additions to our catalogue. Click on the album /book /DVD title to find out more about it including track listings.
CDAH009 Drive Sorrows Away Sussex singer Bob Lewis recorded live at the 2009 annual FifeSing in Scotland .
For some time we have been awaiting news, from Topic Records, about the new ‘Voice of the People’ series, following the highly successful first twenty CD collection. The first four of the new series have been announced with a release date of February 2012. More details about the each album will appear on our web site as it is made available. We are quite happy to take advance orders for them to enable you to receive them at the earliest possible opportunity, but please don’t expect them before the February release date.
TSCD671 You Never Heard so Sweet - Songs by Southern English Traditional singers
TSCD672D I'm a Romany Ria - Songs by Southern English Gypsy Traditional singers
TSCD673T Good People, Take Warning: Ballads Sung by British and Irish Traditional singers
TSCD674 The Heart is True - Sarah Makem - Irish Traditional singer
IRB4 All the Days of his Life
We are pleased that the The Irish Traditional Music Archive have produced this
outstanding hard back book of the life and the songs of the great Co. Derry
(Hardback book with CD x 3 - £40.99 + additional postage due the weight of the book and CDs)
This packaging is now only available on special order due to the cost of the postage - email email@example.com
A re-release of the first recordings of Eddie Butcher made by Hugh Sheilds and produced as an EP in 1969. Just four songs, but they should be in everyone collection!
William Mullaly was the first and one of the best Irish concertina players to issue commercial records. His discs, made in the United States in the 1920s, have been newly remastered for this reissue CD and it is now accompanied by a 60-page illustrated booklet.
Eagerly awaited release of a double CD of fiddle player Danny Meehan, a stalwart of the London Irish scene who hails from near Mountcharles, Co. Donegal.
We have had difficulty sourcing the RTE label, but the problem has been resolved
and we now have in stock (at a lower price!) all of their current traditional
RTEDVD148 Come West Along the Road Vol.3 'Irish Traditional Music Treasures from RTE TV Archive 1960s -1980s'.
Vol.1 and Vol.2 of this superb DVDs series are back in stock and now at a lower price and we are please now to be able include Vol. 3 in our catalogue.
The seventh volume of recordings from the Fife Traditional Singers Festival from the 2010 event. Guests include Geordie Murison, Sheila Stewart, Chris Coe, Joe Aitken, Phyllis Martin and Jeff Warner.
A new double DVD from England and a new triple CD from Ireland.
Just arrived a new DVD set of archival films featuring English dance, song and calender customs, including the 1950s film of Blaxhall Ship 'Hear's a Health to the Barleymow' and Alan Lomax's film of Padstow May Day 'Oss, Oss Wee, Oss'. 43 films on two DVDs plus a 58 page illustrated booklet. Amazing!
A new 3 CD album from the ever impressive Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí label, featuring the fiddle music of legendary Néillidh Boyle from Dungloe, Co Donegal. Includes a 36 page booklet.
New from Scotland.
A new addition to the Greentrax 'Scottish Traditions' series has just arrived, which features songs and ballads from Perthshire recorded in the 1950s. 15 singers include Belle Stewart, Sheila Stewart and Willie MacPhee.
Lots of new great reviews have been added to the site for the most recent Veteran releases:
Have read and you might fancy one of them!
And there is great news for aficionados of Irish Music and singing!
We have, until now, had difficulty sourcing CDs from the classic Irish label Gael Linn but we've cracked it! So we have now included a first selection of their on the website including a new exciting re-release:
At last the classic recordings of the finest Sligo fiddler ever are available again! 48 tracks of archival magic recorded in the 1920s in America when he was at his best.
Check out what else is currently available from the Gael Linn label on the site
Banquet of Boxes A new English melodeon compilation featuring Nick Cooke, John Spiers, Dan & Matt Quinn, Saul Rose, Mark Bazeley, Ed Rennie,
The latest releases have been added to the Topic, Fellside and WildGoose catalogues
We would like to wish all our customers, past and present,
A Happy New Year
and assure you that there will be no prices rises in the foreseeable future even with the increase in VAT which has been introduced today!
Over the holiday period we have added the words for all the songs on VT135CD The Fox & the Hare and added biographical information and photographs to the links on the VTDC8CD Many a Good Horseman page.
Make sure you come back to the site regularly in this new year as we have several new exciting Veteran projects in the pipe line and of course we will also keep you up to date with traditional music releases on other labels from England. Ireland and Scotland.
Available now! The re-release of the Harry Green recordings on CD.
VT135CD The Fox & the Hare. Harry Green was one of the finest folk singers from the county of Essex. He was ninety three, in 1967, when his classic ballads, country songs and comic recitations were recorded by the renowned folk song collector Fred Hamer. On this compilation are four other fine Essex traditional singers with songs which also give a snap-shot of a bygone life from all corners of this vibrant rural and coastal county.
Our Summer crunch time offer is now over - well it is November!
but our Christmas and New Year offer is now available
Have a look at our offers page and see how you can save money on Veteran CDs.
Two new superb books - one from England and one from Ireland.
ENB34 Working Songs - Firstly is Roy Palmer's investigation of songs of work from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the 1980s Miners’ strike.
IRB3 Here I am Amongst You - and the other a biography of Northern Irish singer and fiddle player Joe Holmes written by Len Graham which includes many of Joes's songs and tunes
Five new CDs of Irish songs and music have been added to our catalogue.
The first CD from the remarkable young London based traveller singer Tommy McCarthy.
Donegal singer Rita Gallagher with an excellent double CD of unaccompanied songs.
Flute player Billy Clifford was a stalwart of the London Irish scene in the 1950s and 60s along with his mother and father John and Julia Clifford. This new solo CD is being met with great acclaim.
A double CD of rare recordings of the great Co.Clare piper Willie Clancy.
Four CD set of music and song from a master of traditional Irish mouthorgan player, Eddie Clarke.
A new CD from Scotland
CDAH008 There’s Bound to Be A Row - A fifth volume of songs from the annual Fife Traditional Singing Weekend.
Five new albums from England released during the Summer.
TECD161 Absolutely Classic - The Music of William Kimber A welcome return of this classic CD which includes some archive film footage.
HEBE006 Open on Sundays - Duck Soup Dan Quinn's melodeon and songs accompanied by an array of unexpected instruments.
ATT001 Eloise - Ralph Jordan Duet concertina maestro with his first solo CD.
It's arrived at last! Our new CD of Northumbrian smallpipes and concertina.
Rob Say is one of today's foremost performers of traditional music from the North East of England, and on his new CD he is joined by piano player Will Chamberlain and another champion piper Andy May.
It's Summer Price Crunch Time!
Yes, we have cut the internet prices of the Veteran catalogue for the Summer.
All single Veteran CDs are are now £11.95 and doubles are £14.95. These prices include postage in the U.K.
If you're outside the U.K. then you also get cheaper postage, as our postage is calculated by a percentage of the cost of the order.
This is cheaper than anywhere else on the internet. If it is not, then please tell us.
Also new on the website are reviews of Roisin White's CD VT156CD With thanks - Le buíochas, which you can now also get at the Summer Crunch price.
Two new CDs and a DVD from the North East of Scotland
The first two are tributes produced by Aberdeen University's Elphinstone Institute, to the great Scottish ballad singer Stanley Robertson who sadly died in 2009.
A thirty five track double CD, of Stanley's best ballads and songs, some well known and many quite rare. Comes with a 32 page booklet.
A DVD of six of Stanley's songs filmed at the famous Aberdeen pub, The Blue Lamp by award winning director Mark van Hugten.
The third continues the popular series from Sleepytown Records of Aberdeen
Another selection of songs from some of the finest ballad singers including several with accompaniment and four archive tracks.
Two new Irish fiddle double CDs have just been added to our catalogue.
The first features the legendary Donegal fiddle player Vincent Campbell who has been heard on compilation CDs like 'The Brass Fiddle' but this is the first full album of him There are 86 tracks recorded between 1962 to 2009. The six album from the excellent specialist label Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí.
The second CDs come from West Clare and features the famous, well respected, fiddle player Junior Crehan. We knew of the existence of this album but we had been unable to source it. On a trip to Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare last weekend to launch our new Roisin White CD (follow this link to our About Veteran page to see photos of the launch) we met Ita Crehan and we now have her father's CDs in stock.
Junior Crehan (1908-1998) was recorded in variety of settings over many years and included on this double CD he is also joined on several tracks by family members and musician friends. As one reviewer said,
'Listening to this CD is a must. Junior's soothing voice telling stories and his tranquil music is a legacy for us all'.
The first brand new release on Veteran for some time:
The long awaited new CD from one of Ireland's traditional singers Roisín White. Featuring many songs which have been rarely heard before. Just in time for Christmas!
New releases from Topic
As part of their 70th year celebrations Topic records have re-released for the first time on CD seven of their most influencial albums,
TSCD581D I Never to many posh dances. Sussex's anglo concertina player Scan Tester's seminal album which we was originally released on vinyl and then produced on cassette by Veteran which we can now offer on double CD.
Two new collections from Veteran and Topic
VTC8CD Many a Good Horseman is, at last, available on double CD.
The collection tracks John Howson's survey of traditional music making in Mid-Suffolk and includes some archival recordings made as early as 1958. Originally released as a double cassette the new production, which has been digitally re-edited and enhanced, consists of two 39 track CDs each lasting 75 minutes, and comes with a new 32-page booklet, which includes biographies and photographs of each of the performers, as well as extensive notes about the songs and tunes.
An amazing production to celebrate Topic's 70th year as an independent record company, consisting of 7 themed CDs presented in a 10 inch square hardback book which is packed with information and 100s of illustrations
Two new CDs, a tune book and a DVD that nearly got away!
The Green 'Un - Limited edition solo CD by Katie Howson. 24 tunes from England, Ireland, Quebec and Australia played on an Eric Martin D/G two-row.
ENB33 Never on Sunday - manuscripts from 19th century West Country village church band
The has been in stock for a little while but for some reason it never made it onto the web site.
Sam Sherry - A Memorial Compilation - 3 DVD set celebrating the life of Lancashire clog dancer and Music Hall artiste.
At last (I hear you say!) we have a search engine on the website and to find out more have a look at: help with searching
and there are two new CDs from Scotland and one from England in stock.
CD AH007 Grand to be a Working Man - A fifth volume of songs from the annual Fife Traditional Singing Weekend.
CDTRAX 335 - Hector MacAndrew - 'Legend of the Scots Fiddle'
HEBECD005 Thicker than Water - The Mighty Quinns: Dan Quinn and his son Matt's debut CD.
plus two new English books which passed us by, but we now have available.
ENB30 The Elliotts of Birtley - A history of the famous singing mining family by Pete Wood.
ENB31 The Coleford Jig - A collection of traditional Tunes From Gloucestershire compiled by Charles Menteith and Paul Burgess
Apart from Veteran and Kyloe labels and the hand-picked selections on our English, Scottish and Irish pages we now also offer the whole catalogues of three other CD labels. Click on the links to see them:
Watch this space there will be more to come!
It's been a slow start to the year as far as new releases are concerned, but keep watching this page as we are just about to announce a massive increase in the number of CDs that will be available from us.
What we have had to do this year is comply to a new international initiative called PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards). The aim is to ensure that all companies who take credit /debit cards on the internet us a computer that can not be compromised by a hacker who is looking for card details.
Our PC has now been remotely scanned by Security Metrics and has been found to have no security vulnerabilities. Scanning will now be carried out regularly to ensure that we continue to be compliant.
Back in stock is one of our most popular (double) CDs.
VTD145CD A Shropshire Lad - Fred Jordan
Our Christmas /Winter offer is here again. Have look at our offers page and pick up some free CDs !
This was Bob's last recording with all the current singing Coppers and the CD also includes an archive track of Jim and Ron Copper.
- also while tidying our stockroom we found a box of Songs Sung in Suffolk books. They have slightly marked covers but are actually in very good condition. We have certainly seen and bought books in much worse condition from book shops. We only have 40 copies up for grabs so it is first come first served! At a knock down price of course.
A new release of singing from Ireland plus two new concertina albums
Jerry O’Reilly sings songs he’s picked all over Ireland during over fifty years of singing and he has gathered together singing associates including Niamh Parsons, Maire Ni Chroinin, Jim McFarland, Tom Creen as the Goilin and accompanists Con ‘Fada’ O’Drisceoil (accordion), Aogan O’ Loinsigh (concertina) and Pat ‘Herring’ Ahern (guitar).
After the success of ‘Anglo International’ last year Roots records have now produced a triple CD set featuring players of the English concertina.
This is the welcome re-release of two concertina LPs on one budget CD.
Originally on the Free Reed label and featuring Gordon Cutty on ‘A Grand
Old Fashioned Dance’ and Tommy Williams on ‘Springtime in Battersea’. The
new CD includes bonus interview tracks.
Two new releases from Ireland and two from Scotland
One of the finest donegal fiddlers Frank Cassidy recorded between 1946 and 1967, including duets with the great John Doherty.
Music From The Reeds
A second double CD of the master of the button box Jimmy Shand with recordings made between 1935 and 1951.
A forth volume of songs from the annual Fife Traditional Singing Weekend including, Elizabeth Stewart, Duncan Williamson and Jock Duncan.
After a quiet period for Veteran releases we have two new exiting releases.
The first features two of the finest traditional singers to have come out of Sussex, mother and son Mabs and Gordon Hall - VT115CD As I went down to Horsham. This new production includes 12 unreleased tracks and some tracks which been released before on cassette, plus a 24 page booklet which contains much previously unknown biographical information and many unpublished photographs.
A must for anyone interested in traditional English singing.
Second comes a re-release on CD of the seminal album of 'Melodeon players from East Anglia' which was previously only available on double cassette with the catalogue number VTVS05/06.
The new double CD version is VTDC11CD The Pigeon on the Gate and includes 111 tracks plus a 24 page booklet with photographs and biographies of the musicians. There has been much demand for this album to be released on CD.
Hot news this month is that Kyloe Records are now under our wing and are now exclusively distributed by Veteran. If you've missed this excellent set of releases from Northumberland and Scotland then it it is time for you to discover them.
Have a look at the Kyloe Catalogue page
Recently added to our catalogue are CDs of two very different squeeze box players from England.
Norfolk's Tony Hall with his our brand of melodeon playing and comic songs.
and fine anglo concertina playing from Sussex's Will Duke
and two releases of traditional singing from Ireland.
The Clare Festival of Traditional Singing took place in Ennistymon from 1990 to 2002. Tom Munnelly, who passed away last year, recorded each of these festivals and this CD features some of the fine singers who took part between 1991 and 1999,
Re-release of two classic 1975 Free Reed LPs on one CD. Featuring Eddie Butcher and Joe Holmes & Len Graham
Four new releases from Ireland
Originally released in 1983 on cassette. It was always a popular album when we stocked it then and it is good see it available again on CD with large informative booklet.
A new DVD from Michael and Celine Tubridy which teaches the intricacies of old time step dancing, with music provided by Michael's superb flute playing.
The seminal Clare band celebrate 60 years of playing some of the best ceili music around.
Archive recordings of the Co. Offally band which was formed in 1947. The band
played live on Céili House for 10 years in the 50’s and had a huge influence
over traditional music all over Ireland.
Two new CDs from the Copper Family
The Copper Family celebrate Christmas. Although it missed last years festive season it is certainly ready for this years, and for Copper Family fans it is essential listing at any time of the year. Includes an archive track of Jim and Ron Copper.
The Young Coppers' first album, 'Passing Out' heralds the beginning of the next generation of the Copper Family. This is their long awaited debut CD and it certainly come up to expectations. Available from 25th February - Order now!
To start the new year we have two new DVDs from Ireland.
The first celebrates the 10th series of the classic Irish television programme.
RTEDVD113 Come West Along the Road Volume 2 features more well known and not so well known luminaries from the Irish traditional music world including; The Dubliners, Paul Brady, Planxty, Mary Brogan, Kevin Burke, Peader O'Loughlin & Paddy Murphy, Triona Ni Dhomhnail & Liam Rowsome, Joe Burke & Paddy Glackin, Bobby Gardiner, Seamus Ennis and the Bridge and Kilfenora Ceili Bands.
While second is comes from Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí (friendship or association of fiddle players). CNFDVD001 The Couple Dances of Donegal shows couple and house dances from all over Donegal. Each dance is demonstrated and background information is proved via interviews with dancers and musicians who include the Campbells, Danny Meehan, Ciaran ó Maonaigh and Aidan O Donnell.
Here is the tune book that many have been waiting for!
Traditional polkas waltzes, hornpipes, schottisches and jigs from Suffolk and Norfolk transcribed from recordings of more than 20 different melodeon, fiddle & dulcimer players. Plus biographies, photographs and contextual information about traditional music in East Anglian.
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Our Christmas offer is here again and also if you missed the deadline for our late summer offer we have extended it into the winter so there are now three different deals available to you now!
Have a look at our offers page.
A rake of new titles have hit our shelves this month.
From England two books and a CDR collection:
ENB27 Willaim Winter's Quantocks Tune Book
ENB27 Willaim Winter's Quantocks Tune Book
ENB28 The Bosun's Locker