Etchingham Steam Band (Shirley Collins, Ashley Hutchings, Vic Gammon & friends)
1975-05-xx (unknown town) The Netherlands

01. ? (instrumental)
02. We Poor Labouring Men
03. The Fair Maid Of Islington (aka "The London Vintner Overreached")
04. The Jovial Tinker
05. Up To The Rings Of London Town
06. Shepherd Oh Shepherd -> ? (instrumental)
07. Some Tyrant Has Stolen My True Love Away
08. The Coasts Of High Barbary
09. ?

Total Time ::: 43:21

::: An audience tape in a small club that sounds like a party scene, very relaxed. It was never a state of the art recording, but it's very enjoyable & the inbetween stories, of which there are a number, are clear. Check the samples.
::: Perhaps someone can name the first & last tracks when they get around to listening to them...
::: I made the decision to split the tracks right before the songs, rather than have the stories proceed them.

Recording Information ::: unknown equipment -> master audience tape -> ? (not many!) -> unknown generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette, Dolby off

Playback 2011-08-03 ::: unknown generation Maxell XLII-90 cassette on Nakamichi BX-300 cassette deck, Dolby off, azimuth & pitch adjusted, heads cleaned & demagnatized -> Tascam CD-RW900SL pro CD recorder -> CD-RW -> computer, EAC secure -> wavs -> Audacity (fades &/or glitches, many, many volume adjustments to lessen coughing & other odd sounds!, no EQ) -> CD Wave (track splits) -> Trader's Little Helper -> yer ears. First uploaded 2011-10-31

Line-up ::: Ashley Hutchings - vocals, acoustic bass, tambourine // Shirley Collins - vocals // Vic Gammon - vocals, banjo, concertina, melodeon // Ian Holder - accordion //
And maybe :::
Will Duke or Mel Dean - concertina // Dave Mattacks - drums, snare drum (someone is doing some percussive efforts, but sounds way too loose for Mattacks to me.)
And one of the above is playing a whistle at some point.

Nothing here ever commercially released to my knowledge. If I'm wrong, please advise & I'll take the offending trax offline.

Cool Sonics Series CS-0054 ::: Thanks to the original taper & traders! ::: Corrections welcome ::: This one's for Uncle Boko who has blessed us with so many great Albion Band shows. Likely he has it already, but maybe not in the digital domain & this has been de-glitched & de-coughed, etc. We have remarkedly few Shirley Collins recordings overall (in my opinion). Always enjoyed the released Etchingham CD, but I like this recording because the setting seems so relaxed. We get lots of laughter, a wine cork being pulled out of the bottle, a baby in the background, a dog going in & out, lots of jokes & stories, great music, & some coughing. What a fine mix!

More recordings on the way now that I am able to make up for years of slow netspeed. Kudos to Zongo for life support & Lochner for mikes & much more. A bow to Fast Freddie for runnin' Video Dick's Record Emporium with the bathroom office full of tape decks. Thanks to Hanwaker (few among us can keep his pace) for over 30 years of trading & friendship. Mountains of gratitude to Davmar, D.White, Sanchez, Elliot, The Florida Kid, Kloiber, Zingg, JTW, Bershaw, Boston Gold, Weeks, Dixon, Moore, Gough & SO many more for all that collecting & sharing... Royal thanks to The Man In The Palace, Doc Tinker, Brinkhoffs, Barely Eatin', Reel Master Gaule, Parrish & all the traders who housed me thru my music acquisition & travel years. Hats off to Brother Kent, Uncle Jake, Little Queenie (& her neighbor Frank) & his honor Ptomaine Thomas. Glasses raised to Byron for musical horizon expansion & much obliged to J & Thurston for keepin' my concert fires burnin' since my continental shift. Thanks to the Mods for keepin' DIME alive. Enjoy, share, give, spread peace. Yers truly, Kneesfudd

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