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It was on a market day - One

ĎEnglish traditional folk singersí


Bob Lewis (Sussex) George Fradley (Derbyshire) Johnny Doughty (Sussex) George Withers (Somerset) Lucy Woodall (Worcestershire) Fred Whiting (Suffolk) George Bregenzer (London) Ernie Payne (Gloucestershire) George Fradley (Derbyshire) Jeff Wesley (Northamptonshire) Len Heyward (Gloucestershire) Will Noble (Yorkshire) Francis Shergold (Oxfordshire) Charlie Clissold (Gloucestershire) Geoff Ling (Suffolk) George Spicer (Sussex) Mary Ann Haynes (Sussex) Buster Mustoe (Worcestershire) Charlie Bridger (Kent)

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


For people all over England, market day in their local town was an occasion to meet, shop and trade and it was also the one day that pubs were open all day. Not surprisingly, many old singers have said it was the occasion for a song or two to be sung. Here we have a celebration of traditional English unaccompanied singing, mainly from the southern half of the country, with performers from South Yorkshire to Gloucestershire and from Sussex to Derbyshire. These are not professional singers but working people who sing songs from their own rural and urban back-grounds, who would always be happy to meet up with other singers and entertain the crowd gathered in their local market tavern.


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

1. The Pretty Ploughboy Bob Lewis 3.45
2. In the Bushes at the Bottom of the Garden George Fradley 2.21
3. Reed Cutter's Daughter Jeff Wesley 2.48
4. Still I Love Him Johnny Doughty 1.12
5. Dabbling in the Dew George Withers 2.34
6. Chainmaker Lad Lucy Woodall 0.36
7. The Miner's Dream of Home Fred Whiting 3.57
8. Young Collins Bob Lewis 1.26
9. The Codfish George Bregenzer 1.52
10. Seeds of Love Ernie Payne 2.09
11. Jones's Ale George Fradley 3.41
12. Green Grow the Laurels Jeff Wesley 4.49
13. Wassail Len Heyward  4.13
14. At the Cross Will Noble 0.17
15. Once I had an Old Hen Francis Shergold  2.26
16. Balliff's Daughter of Islington Bob Lewis 4.03
17. Ledbury Clergyman Charlie Clissold  3.37
18. You'll Want Me Back Some Day Geoff Ling 3.18
19. Robin a Thrush Jeff Wesley 1.55
20. Muckin About in the Garden George Spicer 1.05
21. Master and Man Mary Ann Haynes 3.11
22. Lankin George Fradley  0.54
23. Madge Will Noble 2.03
24. Lovely Joan Bob Lewis 3.12
25. Bill the Weaver Buster Mustoe 1.55
26. Father's in the Pig Sty Jeff Wesley 2.09
27. The Folkestone Murder Charlie Bridger 5.17
28. The Barley Mow George Fradley 3.27


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