Friday, January 20, 2017

Various Artists "Newcastle Folk Festival 1974"

Tony Suttor - festival performer 1974
Some time ago, I had a .wav rip of the "Newcastle Folk Festival 1974" passed on to me by a friend. (Just to alert our international visitors -  this Newcastle is in New South Wales)

The album suffers from all the usual problems with folk festival recordings back in the sixties and seventies - limited recording facilities and editing facilities. It appears that the vinyl did not have all that many problems itself. I only had to do minimal editing of the rip but the overall sound quality is very ordinary in parts. One very annoying feature was that there was a lot of applause included on the album after each number and it was not only "canned applause" but it was the same for each performance and on "fade" it sounded like a gurgling drain. I have severely reduced the amount of applause just to keep within the "live" performance spirit.

There are some good performances on this album despite the recording and production problems and some songs and talented performers that we have not heard elsewhere.
I do not have any graphics for the album so I have included a far more modern photo of Tony Suttor who was one of the performers on the day.

Side One
    01. Lady Chatterly's Lover - Chris Cady
    02. Love Song to a Stranger - Fay Davis
    03. Hal 'n' Tow - Jolly Rumbylowe
    04. Right of the Line - Maureen Cummuskey (great poem/song by the late Dermott Ryder)
    05. Rise Up Jock - Tony Suttor & Andy Saunders
    06. Rovin' Gambler - Tim Glover
    07. Motor Car Song - Peter Mitchell
Side Two
    01. Shake That Thing - Chris Cady
    02. Starry Night for a Ramble - Sydney Ducks Push Band
    03. Broom of Cowdenknowes - Jolly Rumbylowe
    04. Dark Eyed Rovers (Child 200)- Colin Dryden
    05. The Tailor and the Mouse - Libby & Micky
    06. Calton Weaver - Tom Rummery
    07. My Faithful Johnny - Tony Suttor & Andy Saunders
    08. Polly Put the Kettle On - Tom, Kate, Jacko & Colin
    09. Wild Mountain Thyme - All lead by Tom Rummery

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Posts updated to include FLAC (lossless) versions

A visitor has requested FLAC versions of some of the albums available on this blog. As a result, I have uploaded FLAC versions of the following files for those who may prefer them. Clicking on the album listings below will let you review the original posting and then download the FLAC version should you so desire.

Please note that this is a temporary post and it will be deleted in about a month.

Forest Hill Folk album

The Bush Music Club - Songs from the Shearing Sheds

Peter McLean - Fair Dinkum Folk 

Lionel Long - Australia! Australia!

I am currently happy to entertain other requests for FLAC versions but I can only do them for those albums for which I already have lossless versions.

Do you really need lossless files for your actual listening pleasure? Given that most of my postings come from low fidelity media, LPs and cassette tapes, you will be unlikely to discern any difference at a MP3 CBR rate of 192 or over. But I do recognise that many audiophiles, as a matter of principle and audio integrity, reasonably insist on lossless renditions.

If you have the bandwidth and the storage then, by all means, go for lossless otherwise you can confidently opt for the relatively high MP3 rates I use when I can. I am usually reluctant to post 128 and 160 CBR tracks because there can be discernible loss  at those levels especially at 128 CBR

Monday, January 16, 2017

Martyn Wyndham-Read "Harry the Hawker is Dead" LP 1973

This rip has been provided by one of regular visitors to the blog. Many thanks from all of us.

This 1973 LP has been kept in good condition and the tracks are very enjoyable. It contained a mix of British and Australian folk songs as follows:-

01. Jones's Ale
02. Perry Merry Winkle Dominie
03. The Sailor Home from the Sea
04. Harry the Hawker is dead
05. Bluey Brink
06. The Female Rambling Sailor
07. Lachlan Tigers
08. Ginny on the Moor
09. Cane Cutter's Lament
10. The The Bullockie's Ball
11. The Shearer's Lament
12. Christ was born in Bethlehem.

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Sunday, December 25, 2016

NFF 2xCD Compilation "35 years" (1967-2001) Released 2003

Merry Christmas all. This 2 CD set is a selection of tracks representing performances at what is now known as the National Folk Festival across its first 35 years (1967-2001). The greater majority are by Australian based performers (foreign born or otherwise). As such it provides a good sampling of local performers and the wide range of their offerings. This set has long been out-of-print but releases by some of these artists are still readily available from commercial or internet sources. Of course there are artists whose work could not be featured on this set and other artists have emerged since 2001.
Some of the featured artists have sadly gone to "Fiddlers Green" but they live again in these recordings.
All tracks are MP3 @320VBR. In total, just over 200MB.

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You will need to decompress these files to be able to play the tracks.
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Martyn Wyndham-Read 'Ned Kelly and that Gang' LP 1970

A rip of this particular LP has been circulating on the net for many years in an unedited form. I have now done some editing of the tracks and most have responded well. Some tracks still have some defects but all tracks are pleasant to listen to - just don't listen too critically. I would welcome a cleaner rip though but that is probably a vain hope.

This album was an English issue in 1970. I am unaware as to whether it was ever sold in Australia.

Martyn Wyndham-Read resided in Australia between 1960 and 1967 during which period he became involved in Australian bush music.He has visited Australia several times since then including last month. He is also a performer of folk songs of the British Isles and has put out many albums frequently including Australian folk songs. A great performer who only seems to improve with age. You can find details about him on Wikipedia and his discography on Discogs and other sources.

The title is a bit of a misnomer as Ben Hall and his gang get more play time so it is mainly about two lots of bushrangers with the other tracks being songs about convicts. 

Track list
1. (Farewell) Ned Kelly (intro)
2. Ben Hall's Gang
3. The Streets of Forbes
4. The Convict Maid
5. Moreton Bay
6. Ye Sons of Australia
7. The Wild Colonial Boy
8. Jim Jones
9. Lament for Ben Hall
10. The Cyprus Brig
11. The Death of Ben Hall
12. Stringybark Creek
13. Farewell to Greta
14 (Farewell) Ned Kelly (reprise)

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MP3 224-256 VBR averaging at 224 (simple music) 58MB.
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Monday, December 19, 2016

Various Artists "3 Floors Down" LP 1972

This LP featured artists who associated with the Cellar, three floors down, in the YWCA building in Sydney. This was then the venue for PACT which in 1972 still operated as an adult co-operative theatre and music space. PACT has changed somewhat over the years and is now the "PACT centre for emerging artists" now situate at Erskineville in Sydney.

It is a really mixed offering with psychedelic folk, bluegrass, an Irish traditional, a Spanish language protest song of the 1960s (shades of "Quantanamera"), a blues number, and a few country/folk contemporary numbers.

Many of these artists have featured for other albums on this blog, most notably, Marian Henderson, Declan Affley, and John Currie. All tracks are studio performances.

This is another of the albums ripped by the Victorian Bush Folkie and edited by me. There were a lot of clicks on this LP but most have been eliminated and it is now of good listening quality.

Track List
01 - Reuben James - Hamilton County Bluegrass Band
02 - No Other Name - Tom Taylor
03 - Porque Los Pobres Nos Tienen - Jeannie Lewis
04 - Fillemorrieooie-ay (Working on the Railway) - John Currie
05 - Australia Square - Bernard Bolan
06 - Island in the River (Bitter Bread, Weevils in the Flour) - Declan Affley
07 - Pity Me - Dogsbody, Bloodbus, Kratch, Dank and Snug
08 - Moon and Mice - Marian Henderson
09 - Goin' Home - Margaret RoadKnight
10 - Oldest Man Blues - Kerry Lyons and Steve Martin
11 - Strawberry Sunshine - Al Head
12 - Missed the Seasons Rain - John Currie

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

CAUTION Zippyshare browser hijack problems

Lately, some visits to Zippyshare to download files will go direct to the download page and then divert to another browser tab to some unexpected webpage. This is known as a "Browser Redirect" of Browser Hijack". This appears to be initiating at Zippyshare rather than from anything on your computer or browser and it only happens intermittently. Under no circumstances should you do anything on this unwanted webpage. My experience is that you are likely to be able to close the particular tab or click on the Zippyshare tab and do your download as normal with no effect. Failing that, close your browser and start again.

The last two I have seen is to the effect that my Adobe Flash Player is out-of-date with an overlay panel asking me to click "OK" to start the update. To do so would be foolish and will surely result in something totally unwanted on my computer. Other pages will tell you that you have lots of viruses, spyware, outdated drivers and so on. Usually these are seeking to scare you into buying a piece of useless or dangerous software. Regardless, do not click anywhere within these pages.

There are also browser hijackers which manage to insert add-ons into browsers for browser redirection or take over search functions, bars etc. This certainly does not appear to be what is happening here.

I am looking into the possibility of moving to another host for my files and I will let you know. In the meantime, be careful.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger live at The Regent Theatre, Sydney 1979.

Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger 1977 publicity kit photo
Yes, this one does not fit into the remit of this blog. In fact, there are only two connections to Australia. Firstly, this was a live performance at The Regent Theatre in January 1979 when they performed as part of the Sydney Festival of Folk Life. Secondly, they sang a song about Joh Bjelke-Petersen. However, I suspect many visitors to the blog will welcome the inclusion of this album.

That concert of about three hours was professionally recorded by the ABC and later broadcast in parts on ABC-FM. John B recorded the broadcast parts on a reel-to-reel recorder. He collated the parts to recreate the full concert and has subsequently separated and digitally converted each of the tracks. He has also conveniently numbered the tracks in order as two sets so as to enable the production of two CDs to feature the concert continually as in the original broadcast. (Note that if you wish to do that, ensure that there is no gap between tracks when recording - the default is usually 2 seconds)

There are a few minor glitches but, overall, the quality is very good despite an MP3 rate of 128 CBR which correlates to the original FM broadcast quality anyway. Great job John B.

101 Introduction
102 Cowboy Song
103 Battle of Harlaw
104 Going to The West
105 Henry Lee
106 Talking Bones
107 Penny Wager
108 Talking Matrimony Blues
109 Scolding Wife
110 Wha' Is It That Findlay?
111 Queensland Joh song
112 Crossbones Scully
113 Blast Against Blackguards

201 Cindy
202 Allende's Song
203 Dirty Old Town
204 Browned Off
205 Flying Cloud
206 No Sir No
207 Emily's Story
208 Freeborn Man
209 Ale-Wife
210 Ballad of Accounting
211 Shoals of Herring
212 I'm A Rover

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The Larrikins "Navvy on the Line" LP 1977

John B of NSW has very kindly provided us with his rip of this album. Many thanks John - I had been wondering when I would be able to access this one.

This was one of the early Larrikin releases - LRP 9 in 1977. It was later re-released by the ABC on vinyl and it is one of the re-released LP that John has ripped.

The performers on this album were Warren Fahey, Liora "Lalita" Claff, Tony Suttor, Ned Alexander, Paddy McLaughlan and Jack Fallis with alternating vocal performers as specified on the rear of the LP slip (graphics included in the download).

It's an enjoyable album featuring music, as sub-titled, "from the Australian Railway Tradition".

01 The Brocklebank Engineers
02 I Came Over From Ireland
03 The Night Express
04 Cant-hook and Wedges
05 On The Queensland Railway Lines
06 The Sunshine Disaster
07 The Ten Penny Bit  - Frost is All Over
08 Billy Sheehan
09 Only One More Drink
10 The Dying Fettler
11 The Shooting of The Crow
12 The Trumpet - Ned's Favourite
13 The Sandy Hollow Line
14 Navvy on the Line
15 The Woy Woy Workers' Train.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Upcoming digital reissue of The Cobbers back catalogue

Today received the following email:-
Hi Paul,
My name is Dave Walker and I run a Celtic Folk label based on the Mornington Peninsula called Green South Records.
I firstly wanted to congratulate you for your commitment to preserving the music, it's a mighty effort and really important work.
A big focus of Green South Records is the reissuing of the great Celtic Folk albums, ensuring, as you do, that they don't get lost. 
I just wanted to let you know that we're about to reissue the entire Cobbers back catalogue and make it available on digital platforms for the first time. Our label is more a collective than a traditional label, ensuring that the artists are fairly paid for their music and striving to give a lot of these acts the recognition they so richly deserve.
We'll be releasing a new Cobbers album per week over the next few months and it would be great if you would be able to let visitors to your site know where they're available. I'll keep in touch as we progress.
Your website is a fantastic resource and I'd be hopeful that we can work collaboratively into the future to promote and recognise the great music that has gone before.
Kind Regards
Dave Walker