Re: Good Humour For The Rest Of The Night
No other comments, Ceolachan?
I was intrigued by this so did a search for it, to find this…looks like Reg Hall has been keeping himself very busy lately:
Yes, lots! I had to rush out, more to follow…as per usual. ;-) I was also waiting the opening for this to be able to be submitted on one page with ‘60’ tracks…
“Good Humour For The Rest Of The Night” Topic - TSCD675
Voice of the People, 3rd Series, A selection of Traditional dance music in Northumberland and Cumberland
Field recordings made by Peter Kennedy in 1954
Selected and presented, with extensive notes, by Reg Hall
Voice of the People ~ 20+ Volumes compiled & with notes by Dr. Reg Hall
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The tracks: the musicians - & their instruments:
1 - 6: Ned Pearson - fiddle
7 - 10; 27 - 29; 34 - 39; & 47 - 49: Billy Ballantine - piccolo
11 & 13: Bob Clark - Jew’s harp
12 & 13: George Taylor - melodeon
14 - 19; & 30 - 33: George Armstrong - fiddle
20 - 23: Billy Conroy - tin whistle
24 & 25: Jake Hutton - fiddle
26: Tom Hunter - fiddle
40 - 43 : Jim Rutherford - fiddle
44: Willy Taylor - melodeon
45: Willy Taylor - fiddle
46: Adam Gray - fiddle, track
50 - 56: George Taylor - fiddle
57 - 60: Jimmy Hunter - harmonica
“Good Humoured For The Night”
And I still have to find some time to chase up and seek connections for those odd ‘gan ainms’ in this mix… :-D
As to pleasures, yes and yes again, some of my favourite folk are on this recording, such as Ned Pearson and Willy Taylor, and Willy on melodeon too. Brilliant!
“Good Humour For The Rest Of The Night:
: Traditional Dance Music in Northumberland and Cumberland"
The subtitle, but most of the tracks here feature musicians from Northumberland. Only 3, tracks 24, 25, & 26, feature fiddlers from Cumberland, Bewcastle, Jake & Tom Hunter.
The booklet that comes with this collection is valued, but there are no useful notes on the tunes themselves. Instead it features short bios on the musicians, which I’m glad of. It may answer some of the mysteries of my curious relationship and interactions with dear Peter Kennedy. I was on him to organize his notes and offering to help. He wouldn’t be the first, and I’ve had my failures there too, to have not been quite as thorough in collecting information not just on the contributing musicians, but on the music too, and the relative dance traditions, and the whole context of this. Some of Peter’s recordings also included chat, and that sometimes about the tunes and the dance, and the setting, but this collection has been edited to just be the melodies being played.
Such an effort, and bless Mr. Hall for making these available, but I so wish there had been time given over to finding and providing information on the tunes too, rather than just a list of tracks, many of which are given at no better than ‘gan ainm’. Having contributed this here I’ll see if I can at least make some connections between tunes listed and transcription here, having just done that for "The Maltese Schottische", yet another name for that old "7-Step" I’d found in memory in pretty much every county of Ireland ~ and beyond, including North America, Mexico, Europe, Australasia, etc…
For those who enjoy things beautifully raw, I can recommend these roots listens as part of a balanced diet.