Scarborough Fair: The Best Of English Folk: 3 CD Boxset £3.99 + Free Delivery/Quidco @ HMV
Scarborough Fair: The Best Of English Folk: 3 CD Boxset £3.99 + Free Delivery/Quidco @ HMV

Scarborough Fair: The Best Of English Folk: 3 CD Boxset £3.99 + Free Delivery/Quidco @ HMV

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The folk revival that took place at club level during the Sixties introduced a whole new audience to traditional folksong, while also bringing to the fore the concept of the earnest young singer/songwriter.

When, by the end of the decade, centuries-old songs were being given a sonic makeover by the new breed of electric folkies (headed by the likes of Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, both of whom are represented on this collection), folk music had long since escaped out of the clubs and into the charts.

This companion piece to similar 3CD sets concentrating on the Irish and Scottish folk scenes focuses on the astonishing depth of talent emanating from the English folk scene during this most tumultuous of decades. Every facet of the English folk genre is encompassed, ranging from club singers and trad folksong revivalists like Isla Cameron and Shirley Collins, the post-Dylan singer/songwriter (Donovan, Ralph McTell), folk-based fusion act Pentangle, and even such turn-of-the-decade acid folk iconoclasts as Synathesia and the mighty Comus.

Disc One
1. Join Us In Our Game-Mr. Fox
2. Let Nop Man Steal You Thyme-Isla Cameron
3. I Was A Young Man-Martin Carthy
4. Maiden Came From London Town-Dave & Toni Arthur
5. Nottamun Town-Bert Jansch
6. Trees They Do Grow High-John Renbourn
7. Sunny Goodge Street-Donovan
8. Farewell (Fare Thee Well)-Lonnie Donegan
9. Daddy's Here-Ralph McTell
10. Wrecked Again-Michael Chapman
11. Pretty Polly-Sandy Denny
12. She Moved Through The Fair-Jean Hart
13. Rubber Band-Lal & Mike Waterson
14. Banquet On The Water-Sallyangie
15. Yellow Roses-Heron
16. Gabilan-Duncan Browne
17. Evensong-Keith Christmas
18. Winter Is A Coloured Bird-Comus
19. Poor Murdered Woman-Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band
20. Grey Daylight / Hawk / Ten Pound Fiddle-Dave Swarbrick
21. Dalesman's Litany-Tim Hart & Maddy Prior
22. England-Dave Cartwright
Disc Two
1. Maid That's Deep In Love-Pentangle
2. Rambling Sailor-Albion Country Band
3. John Barleycorn-Young Tradition
4. Tramp-Al Jones
5. Mr Homburg Hat-Harvey Andrews
6. Morning Brings The Light-John James
7. Velvet To Atone-Trader Horne
8. Mouse And The Crow-Carolanne Pegg
9. Do I Know You-Mike Cooper
10. We Can Swing Together-Alan Hull
11. Sailor-Robin Scott
12. Beet Routes-Cliff Aungier
13. Three Waltzes-Sawdust Band
14. One Armed Boatman & The Giant Squid-Andy Roberts
15. Dulwich Song-Bob Bunting
16. Geordie-Dave Sless
17. Time For Love-Marc Brierley
18. Ballad Of Dickie Lubber-Dransfield
19. Beauty Of The World-Prelude
20. Yorkshire Lass-Bernard Wrigley
21. Dear River Thames-Richard Digance
22. Sir Patrick Spens-Fairport Convention
Disc Three
1. Blacksmith-Steeleye Span
2. Mistress's Heath / Lumps Of Plum Pudding / Sherbourne Jig / Spania-Etchingham Steam Band
3. Shephard Of The Downs-Royston & Heather Wood
4. An Everyday Consumption Song-Spirogyra
5. Oh Did I Have A Dream-Incredible String Band
6. Sarah Crazy Child-Tyrannosaurus Rex
7. Parade-Decameron
8. City Life-Steve Tilson
9. Buttermilk Hill-Black Country Three
10. Liverpool Lullaby-Ian Campbell Folk Group
11. Scarborough Fair-Spinners
12. Song For A Dead Mole-Lea Nicholson & Stan Ellison
13. Kirkstall Forge-Bob Pegg & Nick Strutt
14. Laugh That Came Too Soon-Storyteller
15. Unquiet Grave-Gryphon
16. Won't You Stay A While Suzanne-Gordon Giltrap
17. Lovely Joan / The Nightingale-Andrew Cronshaw
18. Cornwall The Land That I Love-Brenda Wootton
19. Lady Eleanor-Lindisfarne [Live]
20. Just As The Curtain Finally Falls-Synathesia

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