Lark In The Morning
Folk Music to get your day started.
|Carson Robison||When It's Springtime in the Rockies||Just A Melody|
|Carter Family||When Out Lord Shall Come Again||On Border Radio|
|Frank Hutchison||All Night Long||The Train That Carried My Gal From Town|
|Wade Ward||Chilly Winds||Round the Heart of Old Galax Vol. 3||County|
|Tobacco Tags||Courtin' Song||Songs of the Tobacco Tags||Old Homestead|
|Vernon Dalhart||You Can't Blame Me for That||On the Lighter Side||Old Homestead|
|Snuffy Jenkins & Pappy Sherrill||Beaumont Rag||33 Years of Pickin' & Singin'||Rounder|
|Snuffy Jenkins & Pappy Sherrill||When the Bumblebee Backed Up to Me and Pushed||33 Years of Pickin' & Singin'||Rounder|
|Betsy Rutherford||Faded Coat of Blue||Traditional Country Music||Biograph|
|Clint Howard & Fred Price||I Saw A Man At Close of Day||The Ballad of Finley Preston||Rounder|
|Anita Carter||Come All You Fair & Tender Ladies||Sings Folk Songs Old & New||Mercury|
|Roy Berkeley||Freewheelin' Hobo||Roy Berkeley||Green Linnet|
|Dry Branch String Band||Wreck of the Old 97||Dry Branch String Band||self|
|Dry Branch String Band||Ragtime Annie||Dry Branch String Band||self|
|Betty Smith||Knoxville Girl||For My Friends of Song||June Appal|
|Bascom Lamar Lunsford||Lily of the West||Music from South Turkey Creek||Rounder|
|Joseph Able Trivet||Frank James||Joseph Able Trivet||Folk-Legacy|
|Max Hunter||Pretty Suzie||Max Hunter||Folk-Legacy|
|Strathspey||Hull's Victory||New England Contra Dance Music||Kicking Mule|
|Arnold Keith Storm||The Dream of the Miner's Child||Arnold Keith Storm||Folk-Legacy|
|Hazel Dickens||Ballad of Ira Hayes||By the Sweat of My Brow||Rounder|
|Joan Baez||Rock Salt & Nails||Joan Baez Country Music Album||Vanguard|
This morning we delve into the rich vein of early country music.
|Odetta||Devilish Mary||American Folk Singers and Balladeers||Book of the Month Club|
|Ramblin' Jack Elliott||Roving Gambler||American Folk Singers and Balladeers||Book of the Month Club|
|Ian & Sylvia||When First Unto This Country||American Folk Singers and Balladeers||Book of the Month Club|
|Sam Hinton||Damn Yankee Lad||American Folk Singers and Balladeers||Book of the Month Club|
|Sam Hinton||The Barnyard Song||American Folk Singers and Balladeers||Book of the Month Club|
|Ronnie Gilbert||Walkin' & A-Talking||American Folk Singers and Balladeers||Book of the Month Club|
|Hedy West||Cotton Mill Girls||American Folk Singers and Balladeers||Book of the Month Club|
|Kossoy Sisters||Single Girl||Bowling Green||Tradition|
|Kathy Kahn||Factory Girl||The Working Girl||Voyager Recordings|
|E.C Ball||Early Bird Gets the Worm||E.C. & Orna Ball||Rounder|
|Rev. Baybie Hoover||Dig a Little Deeper||The Music of Rev. Baybie Hoover & Virginia Brown||Philo|
|Tommy Hunter||Forked Deer / Money Musk||Deep In Tradition||June Appal|
|Highwoods String Band||Grey Cat on the Tennessee Farm||Fire on the Mountain||Rounder|
|Mac Benford||Wild Over Me||Backwoods Banjo||Rounder|
|Hotmud Family||Red Rockin' Chair||Live, As We Know It||Flying Fish|
|Hurrican Ridge Runners||Long Gone Lonesome Blues||Hurricane Ridge Runners||Topaz|
|Pigmeat Jarrett||Hey Joe||Look at the People||June Appal|
|Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band||Mobile Line||Jim Kweskin & the Jug Band||Vanguard|
|Ken Bloom||The Great War||Ken Bloom||Flying Fish|
|Charlie King||Kugelsberg Bank||Vaguely Reminiscent||Rainbow Snake Music|
|Peter Kessler & Gail Fratar||One Sunday Evening||Just Dreaming||Swallow|
|Norman Blake||Wildwood Flower||Lighthouse on the Shore||Rounder|
|Norman Blake||Tennessee Mountain Fox Chase||Lighthouse on the Shore||Rounder|
Starting off with some cuts from a Book of the Month Club boxed set of LPs (!), and then moving into southern mountain music, with a few surprises along the way. Nearly all LP's, per usual.
|Bertram Levy||Bull at the Wagon||That Old Gut Feeling||Flying Fish|
|Plank Road String Band||Tempie||Vocal And Instrumental Blend|
|Skip Gorman||Belle of Lexington||Trail to Mexico||Folk-Legacy|
|Rich Kirby & Tom Bledsoe||Sunny Side of Life||Hits from Home||June Appal|
|Red Clay Ramblers||Rabbit in the Pea Patch||Chuckin' the Frizz||Flying Fish|
|Woody Guthrie||Wake Up!||Grow Big Songs|
|Andy Cohen||Oh, Glory||Shuffle Rag||June Appal|
|Dave Van Ronk||Old Blue||Somebody Else, Not Me|
|Art Thieme||Red Iron Ore||Songs from the Heartland|
|George Ward||Oh, That Low Bridge||Oh, That Low Bridge||Front Hall|
|John Roberts & Tony Barrand||The Rolling Hills of New Jersey||Eat Bertha's Mussels||Front Hall|
|Cranberry Lake Jug Band||All Night Diner||If This Ain't Genius|
|Sandy Bradley & the Small Wonder String Band||Don't You Go Reachin' Across My Plate||Foolish Questions|
|Anne Hills & Cindy Mangsen||Old Blue||Never Grow Up||Flying Fish|
|Margaret MacArthur & Family||Whistlin' Thief||Make the Wildwood Ring||Front Hall|
|Bob Carlin||Flying Cloud Cotillion||Melodic Clawhammer Banjo|
|Arm & Hammer String Band||When the Moon Shines Down Upon the Mountain||Stay On The Farm|
|Hesperus||Red River Jig||Crossing Over||Flying Fish|
|Peggy Seeger||Earl Brand||Popular Ballads||Riverside|
|Various artists||The Irish Washerwoman||Colonial Era Dance Music|
During the membership drive, my policy is PLAY GOOD MUSIC!! All of these cuts, except for Anne Hills and Cindy Mangsen, are LP's that I've transcribed to CD with noise reduction - they sound better than new.
|Leadbelly||Morning Blues||Take This Hammer||Folkways|
|Tom Paley||Deep Waters||Southern Appalachian Mountains||Elektra|
|Gene Bluestein||Jam on Gerry's Rock||Songs of the North Star State||Folkways|
|Will Holt||The Yeoman of Kent||Pills to Purge Melancholy||Stinson|
|Artus Moser||There Was an Old Man Lived Over the Hill||Folkways|
|Frank Warner||The Southern Girl's Reply||America's Wars||Elektra|
|Cisco Houston||My Daddy||Nursery Rhymes, Games, & Folk Songs||Folkways|
|Cisco Houston||Clickety Clack||Nursery Rhymes, Games, & Folk Songs||Folkways|
|Joe Glazer||Scissor Bill||Songs of Joe Hill||Folkways|
|Joe Glazer||Mr. Block||Songs of Joe Hill||Folkways|
|New Christy Minstrels||The Cat||Tall Tales||Columbia|
|Katie Lee||Stavin' Chain||Best of Katie Lee||Horizon|
|Bessie Jones||Way Go Lily||Step It Down||Rounder|
|Cynthia Gooding||Naomi Wise||Faithful Lovers||Elektra|
|Buell Kazee||Roll On, John||Buell Kazee||June Appal|
|North Fork Rounders||Pull Long Mule||Railroadin' & Gamblin'||Davis Unlimited|
|Walt Michael||Dubuque/Pretty Little Indian||Stepstone||Flying Fish|
|Karen Mackay||What's Time to the Heart?||Annie Oakley Rides Again||West Virgina Woman|
|Carol McComb||Running Away||Love Can Take You Home Again||Bay|
|David Laibman||Magnetic Rag||Classical Ragtime Guitar||Rounder|
|Hugh Morrison||Rantin' Rovin' Robin||Robert Burns Rocks||Hugh Morrison|
|Good Old People||Think About Me||Anywhere the Wind Blows||Kaleidoscope|
|Jesse Blevins||Talkin' Second Amendment Remedy Blues||(live)|
Started off with cuts from 10" vinyl, then moved into some string band stuff, finishing up with a live performance from Jesse Blevins!
|Clint Howard & Fred Price||Homesick for Heaven||The Ballad of Finley Preston||Rounder|
|Ledford String Band||Shanghai Rooster||Leford String Band||Rounder|
|Kossoy Sisters||Down in the Willow Garden||Bowling Green||Tradition|
|Ed McCurdy||Who Killed Cock Robin||Frankie & Johnny||Classic Editions|
|Peter Kessler & Gail Fratar||Gingseng Sullivan||Just Dreaming||Swallow|
|Breakfast Special||Gold Rocking Chair||Breakfast Special||Rounder|
|Steve Einhorn||Whole World Round||Whole World Round||Kicking Mule|
|Mark Nelson||Hewlett||Fiddle Tunes for Dulcimer||Kicking Mule|
|Leo Kretzner & Jay Liebowitz||Sally in the Garden||Dulcimer Fair||Michigan Archives|
|Leo Kretzner & Jay Liebowitz||Scarborough Fair||Dulcimer Fair||Michigan Archives|
|Rodney & Randy Miller||Portland Fancy||New England Chestnuts||Alcazar|
|Fennig's All Star String Band||Georgia Railroad||Saturday Night in the Provinces||Front Hall|
|Red Clay Ramblers||While the Band was Playing Dixie||Meeting in the Air||Flying Fish|
|Nancy & Norman Blake||Rake & Rambling Boy||Directions||Takoma|
|Jody Stecher & Kate Brislin||Love Farewell||A Song That Will Linger||Rounder|
|Happy Traum||American Stranger||Bucket of Songs||Shanachie|
|Anne Dodson||Flash Company||Tranquility Grange||Fretless|
|June Tabor & Maddy Prior||The Game of Cards||Silly Sisters||Chrysalis|
|Sam Rizzetta||Journey to Near Stars||Seven Valleys||Flying Fish|
|Matthew Price||Stranded||Stranded||Matthew Price|
|Pete Seeger||Queen Anne Front||Dangerous Songs||Columbia|
|Oak, Ash, & Thorn||King Alcohol||Out on a Limb||Tosspot Records|
|Pied Pumkin||You Can Change the World||String Ensemble||Pied Pumkin|
I think that the only cut in this whole set that I've ever played on the radio before is "Georgia Railroad." A nearly all-vinyl LP show.
|Morgan Sexton||Lonesome Scenes of Winter||Rock Dust||June Appal|
|Billy Edd Wheeler||Winter Sky||Ode to the Little Brown Shack Out Back||Kapp Records|
|Rosalie Sorrels||Lonesome Roving Wolves||Lonesome Roving Wolves||Green Linnet|
|Betty Smith||Young Charlotte||Songs Traditionally Sung in North Carolina||Folk-Legacy|
|Barry Luft & Tim Rogers||Train Wreck at Almont||Songs of the Iron Trail||Sefel Records|
|Rich Kirby & Tom Bledsoe||Ice and Snow||Hits From Home||June Appal|
|Bob Carlin||Chilly Winds||Fiddle Tunes for Clawhammer Banjo||Rounder|
|Debbie McClatchy||Ballad of Blasphemous Bill||Lady Luck||Green Linnet|
|Stampfel & Webber||When the Ice Worms Nest Again||Goin' Nowhere Fast||Rounder|
|Art Thieme||Uncle Eeph and the Great Raccoon Hunt||That's the Ticket!||Folk-Legacy|
|Charlie Maguire||I Like It Here / Cold & Misery||Harbour Lights||Train On The Island|
|Gordon Lightfoot||Song for a Winters Night||Gord's Gold||Reprise|
|Lui Collins||Midwinter Night||There's a Light||Green Linnet|
|Lynn Miles||Last Night||Slightly Haunted||Philo|
|Debbie McClatchy||Apples in Winter||Debbie McClatchy with the Red Clay Ramblers||Green Linnet|
|Mistral||Grey Birds of Winter||Promontory||Mistral|
|Fiddle Fever||Icelandic Hymn||Waltz of the Wind||Rounder|
|Archie Fisher||Long and Lonesome Winter||Off the Map||Snow Goose|
|Bill Jones||Two Year Winter||Two Year Winter||Compass|
|John McCutcheon||Detroit December||Winter Solstice||Rounder|
|Becky Shefcheck||Where Is Jesus?||Where Is Jesus?||Rebecca Shefchek|
This morning's program is focused on scenes of winter, starting with traditional material and ending up with a few songwriters. Happy holidaze, see you in January!
|Scots schoolchildren||Street songs||Columbia Library of Folk & Primitive Music: Scotland||Columbia Masterworks|
|Elizabeth Barclay||Bressay Lullabye||Columbia Library of Folk & Primitive Music: Scotland||Columbia Masterworks|
|Taamie Anderson & Willia Johnson||The Hens March to the Midden||Columbia Library of Folk & Primitive Music: Scotland||Columbia Masterworks|
|John Strachan||The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie-O||Columbia Library of Folk & Primitive Music: Scotland||Columbia Masterworks|
|Harry Lauder||Susie McLain||Harry Lauder||Sunbeam|
|Ewan MacColl & Isla Cameron||Still I Love Him||English & Scottish Love Songs||Riverside|
|Jean Redpath||Cauld Is the Evening Blast||Songs of Robert Burns, Vol. 7||Philo|
|Willie Scott||The Shepherd's Song||The Shepherd's Song||Topic|
|BattleField Band||The Mote of Mark||Music in Trust||Temple|
|Isla St Clair||Charlie, O Charlie||Isla St Clair Sings Traditional Scottish Songs||Tangent|
|Silly Wizard||The Blackbird||Golden, Golden||Flying Fish|
|Alex Campbell||Bonnie Bessie Logan||Traditional Ballads of Scotland||Sweet Folk & Country|
|Jock Tamson's Bairns||The Birken Tree||Jock Tamson's Bairns||Greentrax|
|Battlefield Band||Shining Clear||There's a Buzz||Flying Fish|
|Ewan MacColl||The Day We Went to Rothsay-O||Scots Drinking Songs||Riverside|
|Cilla Fisher & Artie Tresize||The Jolly Beggar||For Foul Day and Fair||Folk-Legacy|
|Silly Wizard||Roarin' Donald||Glint of Silver|
|Silly Wizard||Mac's Fancy / Cliffs of Moher||Golden, Golden||Flying Fish|
|Battlefield Band||Lad's o' the Fair||Home Is Where the Van Is||Flying Fish|
|Ed Miller||Bottle of the Best||Border Background||Folk-Legacy|
|Archie Fisher||Jock Stewart||Man with a Rhyme||Folk-Legacy|
|Jock Tamson's Bairns||Jenny Dang the Weaver||Jock Tamson's Bairns||Greentrax|
Wall to wall Scottish music... r-r-r-roll those R's! Hope these made your toes tap and your ribbons twirl.
|New Lost City Ramblers||Taxes On The Farmer Feeds Us All||Songs of the Depression||Folkways|
|Woody Guthrie||Greenback Dollar||Library of Congress Recordings||Elektra|
|Woody Guthrie||Boll Weevil||Library of Congress Recordings||Elektra|
|Haywire Mac McClintock||Last Gold Dollar||Hallelujah, I'm A Bum||Rounder|
|Mike Seeger & Alice Gerrard||St. Louis Blues||Alice Gerrard & Mike Seeger||Greenhays|
|Earl Robinson||He Built The Road||Strange, Unusual Evening||Earl Robinson|
|Malvina Reynolds||No Hole In My Head||Malvina Reynolds||Century City Records|
|Malvina Reynolds||World In Their Pocket||Held Over||Cassandra|
|Michael Cooney||The Man in the Mask||Singer of Old Songs||Front Hall|
|Joe Glazer||Congressman's Blues||Garbage||Collector|
|Leon Rosselson||Rules of the Game||Palaces of Gold||Fuse|
|Phil Ochs||That's What I'm Waiting To Hear||I Ain't Marching Any More||Carthage|
|Jim Page||You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet||On The Street Again||Whid-Isle|
|Don McLean||The Pride Parade||Don McLean||United Artists|
|Jim Post||Back On The Street Again||Back On The Street Again||Mountain Railroad|
|Magpie||Working Girl Blues||Working My Life Away||Collector|
|Charlie King||Self Storage||Feelings of Fire||Flying Fish|
|Charlie King||The Rats Are Winning||Old Dreams & New Nightmares||CW Records|
|Lou & Peter Berryman||Squalor||Club de Wash||Cornbelt|
|Larry Long||Grandma's Penny Sale||Run For Freedom||Flying Fish||www.larrylong.org|
Yesterday I read a news item that really struck me. It reminded me that, despite the happy talk from our government, we really are in hard times that rival the so-called Great Depression of the 30's. The news item was about how a farm in Ireland was being auctioned, and how the local community banded together to prevent the farm sale: they showed up at the auction, and refused to bid. This is something that used to happen in this country in the 30's, and probably hasn't happened since. Here's the link to the story:
Ireland invented the boycott during the land wars, and perhaps it is time to take this effective weapon of resistance down from the thatch to deal with repossessions and resales Despite the spiralling economic crisis we are in, there was, last week, an epiphany at a small auction in Co Meath.
A 67-acre farm in Crossakiel, which had been repossessed by ACC bank, was up for sale. Despite a reasonable attendance by local farmers at the auction, there was only one derisory bid of €1.
There was, according to some present, ‘‘an atmosphere’’ in the room, and the auctioneer later told the Irish Times that ‘‘there was no question but that people weren’t bidding because it was being sold by the bank’’.
This reminded me of a song by Larry Long, a songwriter out of Oklahoma, called "Grandma's Penny Sale." It was the last cut that I played this morning.
By the way, the story about the Irish farm sale came to my attention via a blog I follow called The Automatic Earth.
|Dave Ray||Snaker's Blues||More Blues, Rags, and Hollers||Elektra|
|Jesse Fuller||Memphis Boogie||Jazz, Folk Songs, Spirituals, and Blues||Good Time Jazz|
|Fred Neil||Blues on the Ceiling||Bleeker and MacDougal||Elektra/Asylum|
|Tom Rush||Alabama Bound||Blues, Songs, and Ballads||Prestige|
|Tom Rush||Pallet On Your Floor||Blues, Songs, and Ballads||Prestige|
|Jim Kweskin Jug Band||Circus Song||Garden of Joy||Reprise|
|Home & Jethro||Rhythm in My Nursery Rhymes||Zany Songs of the 30's||RCA|
|New Wine Singers||Function Junction||At the Chicago Opera House||Vee-Jay|
|New Wine Singers||The Kitchen||At the Chicago Opera House||Vee-Jay|
|Carolyn Hester||East Virginny||Simply Carolyn Hester||Columbia Folk Odyssey|
|Ed McCurdy||Virginny||Treasury of American Folk Song||Elektra|
|Paul Clayton||Silver City Bound||Paul Clayton, Folk Singer||Monument|
|Barbara Dane||La Le Too-Dum||When I Was a Young Girl||Horizon|
|Bob Gibson||Money Is King||I Have Come for to Sing||Riverside|
|Bob Gibson||Drill, Ye Tarriers, Drill||I Have Come for to Sing||Riverside|
|John Greenway||The Psychotherapy Song||The Cat Came Back||Riverside|
|John Hartford||I Shoulda Worn My Birthday Suit||John Hartford Looks At Life||RCA|
|Dave Van Ronk||Lady Gay||Inside Dave Van Ronk||Prestige Folklore|
|Tom Lehrer||Poisoning Pigeons in the Park||An Evening With Tom Lehrer||Reprise|
|Smothers Brothers||My Old Man||Think Ethnic||Mercury|
Knowing that my friend Jon was coming down from Seattle to co-host, I struggled to decide on what to play... finally it hit me: we'll play folk artists of the 60's. After all, he was there in the thick of it: he saw many of these artists play, and socialized with a good many of them! We had a good time.
|Dean Gitter||Anne Boleyn||Ghost Ballads||Riverside|
|Janet Smith||Molly Bon||The Unicorn||Takoma|
|Hermes Nye||Thomas Rhymer||Early English Ballads||Folkways|
|Irene Saletan||Lady Margaret||Tony & Irene Saletan||Folk-Legacy|
|Cyril Tawney||The Nightingale||Farewell Nancy||Topic|
|Shirley Collins||Death & The Lady||Death & The Lady||BGO|
|Dave Goulder & Liz Dyer||A Most Unpleasant Way, Sir||The Raven And The Crow||Argo|
|Peter Bellamy||The Ghost Song||The Fox Jumps Over the Parson's Gate||Topic|
|John Roberts & Tony Barrand||The Maid on the Shore||Dark Ships in the Forest||Folk-Legacy|
|The Oldham Tinkers||The Lancashire Witches||For Old Time's Sake||Topic|
|Gary & Vera Aspey||Auntie Ketyll||From the North||Topic|
|Archie Fisher||The Witch of the West-Mer-Lands||Archie Fisher||Topic|
|Hedy West||The Wife of Usher's Well||Old Times & Hard Times||Folk-Legacy|
|Bill Jones||The Tale of Tam Lin||Panchpuran||Compass|
|Martin Carthy||The Bloody Gardener||Byker Hill||Topic|
|Michael Cooney||Lady Isabel & the Elf Knight||The Philadelphia Folk Festival||Flying Fish|
|Peggy Seeger||The False Knight Upon the Road||Blood & Roses, Volume 1||Blackthorne Records|
|Cheap Suit Serenaders||Mysterious Mose||Cheap Suit Serenaders #2||Blue Goose|
Some notes on the songs from this year's Spooky show...
Anne Boleyn was unfortunate in being one of King Henry VIII's wives; this song was written in 1934 by R.P. Weston and Bert Lee.
Molly Bon appears in many collections under slightly different names like Lucy Wan, Molly Wan, etc. In each, the poor dead girl returns to defend her lover in court.
Thomas Rhymer appears in Sir Francis Child's collection of ballads as #37, and tells the tale of an unfortunate encounter with the Fairy Queen. She gives an apple that causes his tongue to never lie, and spirits him away for seven years.
This long version of Lady Margaret from Irene Saletan is a true classic night visiting song. The dead lover comes back to his maid, and takes her through the churchyard to his grave.
The Nightingale is a sea version of a night visiting song; the parents don't approve of the match, and have the press gang take the young man off to sea. He dies and his ghost comes back to tell the woman how her parents betrayed him.
Death & the Lady is a little morality tale about how beauty and riches cannot forestall an appointment with the Grim Reaper.
A Most Unpleasant Way, Sir tells the tale of someone who meets a young man with a gruesome bird on his arm. By the end of the conversation the bird has transferred to the visitor's arm, and now he must find a new host... is it you?
Peter Bellamy sings a version of The Cruel Ships Carpenter, in which a young man lures a woman to her death and then thinks to escape by going to sea. However, the ghost pursues him, and eventually shreds him before his shipmates.
Another tale in which the young woman wins out in the end is The Maid on the Shore. She is a lovely creature, but beware taking her on board, for she will sing you to sleep and steal your wealth.
The Lancashire Witches is an affectionate song about the feminimity of witches in Lancashire.
Auntie Ketyll tells of the lengths a woman will go, to the extent of making a pact with the Devil, to protect her man in battle. Alas, it is all in vain, for she makes a mistake in the charm.
Archie Fisher wrote the Witch of the West-Mer-Land using traditional themes.
The Wife of Usher's Well tells the tale of three young sons sent off to learn magic ("grammaree"). They fall victim to some disease, and come home to say good-bye. Hedy West's banjo accompaniment is outstanding on this cut.
A. L. Lloyd discovered The Bloody Gardener in a Vauxhall Gardens songbook from the 1770's.
Michael Cooney's version of Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight sticks very close to the traditional story line, and his banjo work is also very fine.
The False Knight on the Road tells the story of a small innocent child standing up to the Devil; she counters every one of his proclamations with poise and grace.
We finish up with Mysterious Mose, covered here by the Cheap Suit Serenaders.