Welcome to Our Fair Plus

Folk This
It All Comes Round Again
John Tams
The Reckoning
Muckram Wakes
A Map Of Derbyshire
The Red Lion
A Bit Of A Song And Dance
New Victory Band
One More Dance And Then
Kate Rusby
Salisbury Folk
From The Penguin Book Of English Folk Songs
The Old Hat Concert Party
Sunday 13th May 1969
Seth Lakeman
Kitty Jay
Kitty Jay Lyrics
Freedom Fields
Freedom Fields Lyrics
The White Hare
The New St. George
The Hard Times Of Old England
Prince Heathen
Frost And Fire
Bright Phoebus
History and Companion
Morning Way
Polly On The Shore
Western Approaches
Damien Barber and The Demon Barbers
The North Star Grassman and the Ravens
Cropredy's Like That
The Garden of Jane Delawney
Nic Jones
Penguin Eggs
The Noah's Ark Trap
Bandoggs: The Record
Shirley Collins
Anthems In Eden
Shelagh McDonald
Music From The Unbroken Circle
Glastonbury Carol
Mr Fox
Mr. Fox : The Album
Tiny Tin Lady
The Sound of Requiem
martha tilston
Moseley Folk Festival 2006
Moseley Folk Festival 2006: The Folks
Countrylife II
The Falmouth Packet / Haul Away Joe
The Setting / Mary From Dungloe
From Clare To Here
A Gift From A Flower To A Garden
1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Coope, Boyes & Simpson
Christmas Truce / Kerstbestand 1914
Passchendaele Suite
A Garland of Carols
Fire and Sleet and Candlelight
Anne Briggs
Anne Briggs : Sing A Song For You
Welcome to Our Fair Plus
Make it Folky!
A Place Called England
Ragged Heroes
Dancing at Whitsun
The Lark In The Morning
Thomas The Rhymer
Carthy and Swarbrick
What Time Is It Eccles?

Country Songs And Music


Country Songs and Music
Musical Traditions MTCD327-8 2003
2 CDs   32 tracks, 106 mins
 + 24 page integral booklet in DVD case   16.00

A double CD set containing all the songs and tunes from the seminal 1971 LP Welcome to Our Fair plus virtually everything else they ever sang or played, in live recordings from clubs in Cheltenham, Benfleet - and their final gig in Walthamstow.

Oak were:

Tony Engle: voice, anglo concertina, fiddle, bones
Danny Stradling: voice, tambourine
Rod Stradling: voice, melodeons
Peta Webb: voice, fiddle

The Nutley Waltz / Your Faithful Sailor Boy

‘Twas on a stormy New Year’s Eve,
The snow lay on the ground,
A sailor boy stood on the quay,
His ship was outward bound;
His sweetheart standing by his side
Shed many a bitter tear,
And as he clasped her to his breast
He whispered in her ear:

“Farewell, farewell my own true love,
This parting brings me pain,
I’ll be your own true guiding star
’Til I return again;
My thoughts will be of you, of you,
When the storm is raging high,
Farewell my love, remember me,
Your faithful sailor boy.”

Amidst the gale, the ship set sail,
His lass was standing by,
She watched the vessel out of sight
The tears bedimmed her eye;
She prayed to Him in heaven above
To guide him on his way,
And the loving words he spoke to her
Re-echoed o’er the bay.

“Farewell, farewell my own true love ...

But sad to say, the ship returned
Without her sailor boy,
He died whilst on the voyage home,
The flag was half-mast high;
And when his comrades came on shore,
Told her that he was dead,
A letter he had wrote to her,
The last line sadly read:

“Farewell, farewell my own true love ...

The Nutley Waltz was one of Scan Tester’s tunes, named for a village near his Sussex home. A really beautiful melody; we’ve never heard it anywhere else in the country.
Your Faithful Sailor Boy was written by G W Persley towards the end of the 19th century. Few songs have achieved such widespread popularity among country singers and their audiences. It turns up again and again in pub sing-songs throughout Britain, even through into the 1980s. Gavin Greig described it as being “Very popular in Aberdeenshire in the early years of this century” (and, sure enough, Daisy Chapman had it in her repertoire), and we have heard it in both Donegal and Cork in the last few years. Two versions have been found in the North Carolina mountains (there's a '20s hillbilly recording by Flora Noles, Sailor Boy's Farewell - Okeh 45037), while other sets have been reported from as far away as Australia and Tristan da Cunha. -245 Danny learned the song from Percy Webb in Suffolk, who swapped it with her for the full text of The Wild Colonial Boy, which we’re sure he never managed to remember in performance!

Welcome To Our Fair 1971 [click for larger image]
Topic Records, 12TS212 1971

cd 1

1. Thousand and More
2. Bob Cann's Barndance /
    Hilligo Filligo
3. Roving Round County Tyrone (Peta)
4. Rose of Allandale
5. Australia (Rod)
6. Bluebell Polka
7. Bonny Hawthorn
8. False, False (Danny)
9. Cupid's Garden (Tony and Peta)
10. Nutley Waltz / Faithful Sailor Boy
11. Caning Girl (Tony)
12. Scarlet and the Blue
13. Lovely Banks of Lea (Peta)
14. Lass of Newcastle Town
15. Maggie (Danny)
16. Bunch of Thyme /
     Perfect Cure / Sweets of May

cd 2

1. Shepherds Arise
2. Steamboat Hornpipe /
    Speed the Plough
3. Lakes of Cold Flynn (Tony)
4. Genevieve
5. Pretty Nancy of Yarmouth
6. New Rigged Ship / Rig-a-Jig-Jig
7. Rambling Royal (Rod)
8. Our Good Ship Lies in Harbour
9. Our Ship is Ready (Peta)
10. Scan's Polkas Nos 1 & 2
11. Maggie May
12. Broomfield Wager
13. See Me Dance the Polka,
     Oh Joe (Oscar's)
14. The Old Rustic Bridge (Danny)
15. Young Ellender
16. My Old Man / Tipperary / Troubles /
      Daisy / Dicky Bird / Hour

1887 - 1972
an appreciation by
Rod and Danny Stradling
at Musical Traditions

1886 - 1972
born Lewis Tester in Chelwood Gate,
near Horsted Keynes, Sussex.At
about the age of five he acquired
the nickname "scantelope". There
are several variants on the story,
but his immediate family used the
name "Scan" and he used it when
advertising himself as a musician

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