Adieu to Old England [Explicit Lyrics]

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All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Originally released in 1974, this album continues Shirley Collins' exploration not only of traditional English folk songs, but also English tradition itself, whether on "Coronation Jig," written for the return of King Charles II in 1660, or "Portsmouth," taken from Playford's ancient book, The Dancing Master. While her focus, given her own history there, is on the music and songs of southern England, she does venture further north for a stirring "Horkstow Grange," a song reported to have been written by the name who gave Steeleye Span their name. Some of the arrangements, by sister Dolly Collins, evoke the medieval origins of these songs, while others bring to life the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Originally released in 1974, this album continues Shirley Collins' exploration not only of traditional English folk songs, but also English tradition itself, whether on "Coronation Jig," written for the return of King Charles II in 1660, or "Portsmouth," taken from Playford's ancient book, The Dancing Master. While her focus, given her own history there, is on the music and songs of southern England, she does venture further north for a stirring "Horkstow Grange," a song reported to have been written by the name who gave Steeleye Span their name. Some of the arrangements, by sister Dolly Collins, evoke the medieval origins of these songs, while others bring to life the rural past of tales like "Chiner's Song." But Collins is far more than a dry scholar. She loves this music. It's in her blood, and she understands it innately, which is why her performances are so memorable. Her voice might be untrained, and often artless, but she stirs on a rendition of "The Ram of Derbish Town" in a way no "real" singer could. From Morris Men and Mummer's plays, this is a celebration of the real old England, the laborers who preserved the songs of the past, handed down in their families, and who commemorated festivals like Harvest Home, long since lost to urban societies. So, in part, this is a history lesson, but it's also pure pleasure of the past, brought fully alive in the modern days. And to round it all off, a 1972 track -- with electric guitar -- brings old folk into modern folk-rock quite perfectly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • Label: 6 Spices
  • EAN: 8712618900512
  • Catalog Number: 229005
  • Sales rank: 168,124

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mistress's Health: Lumps of Plum Pudding (2:13)
  2. 2 Down by the Seaside - Dolly Collins (2:46)
  3. 3 Chiner's Song - Terry Potter (2:24)
  4. 4 Adieu to Old England (2:01)
  5. 5 Ashen Faggot Wassail - Geoff Singleton (2:33)
  6. 6 I Sing of Maiden That Is Makeless - Dolly Collins (1:48)
  7. 7 The Banks of the Mossom - Geoff Singleton (1:03)
  8. 8 The Ram of Derbish Town - Geoff Singleton (1:55)
  9. 9 Portsmouth - Terry Potter (2:05)
  10. 10 Horkstow Grange - Geoff Singleton (1:42)
  11. 11 Come All You Little Streamers - Geoff Singleton (4:43)
  12. 12 Spaniards Cry: Sherborne Jig (3:54)
  13. 13 One Night as I Lay on My Bed - Dolly Collins (3:17)
  14. 14 The Death of Nelson - Geoff Singleton (1:56)
  15. 15 Coronation Jig - Roger Swallow (4:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Shirley Collins Primary Artist, Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Bob Stewart Tuba
Simon Nicol Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Dolly Collins Flute, Vocals
Pat Donaldson Bass
John Harrington Conductor, Vocals
Ian Holder Accordion
Bill Molan Percussion, Vocals, Melodion, Melodeon
Terry Potter Harmonica, Mouth Organ
Geoff Singleton Fiddle, Percussion, Violin, Vocals
Roger Swallow Drums
John Watcham Conductor
Technical Credits
Shirley Collins Annotation
Ashley Hutchings Producer
Dolly Collins Arranger
Trevor Crozier Contributor
Derek Tompkins Engineer
David Suff Drawing
Traditional Composer
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