“A Trip to the Lakes: Traditional Cumbrian Tunes” ~ The Boat Band
Harbourtown HARCD 047
Rod Stradling’s review ~
The Living Tradition Review ~ Paul Burgess
“Greg Stephens has been rooting out and collecting tunes from his native Cumbria for many years. On this recording the Boat Band wear these tunes like a set of well-loved,comfortable old clothes, worn to the perfect fit:just as they should sound”
~ Folk Buzz Magazine
“when i parted”
This tune sounds very like “trip to sligo”
Does anyone have any info on it’s migration to/from the Lake District and the name change?
“A Really First-Rate Country Fiddler” The Live and Times of William Irwin, 1822-89"
An article by Greg Stephens, from the liner notes to the CD “A Trip to the Lakes”
The Boat Band - “A Trip To The Lakes”
I really like this album - traditional music from the Lake District, some of it tunes originally noted down by c19 fiddler William Irwin. The playing is refreshing without being slack and simple without being at all dull. It is a delight to listen to, though the two (old) songs are a bit weak.
There are some very nice tunes I hadn’t heard before. A polka turns up shared with Sliabh Luachra, and a related article points out that Cumbrian together with Manx fishermen often frequented the Irish coast. (And the west Cumbrian ports were, relatively speaking, more important then than now.)
There is, or has been, great Northern English trad outside Northumbria, and it’s always good to hear more of this.