1966 : A Yorkshire Garland

The Watersons

Side One:

01 : The Poacher’s Fate
02 : The Morning Looks Charming
03 : The Pretty Drummer Boy
04 : The Tour of the Dales
05 : Willy Went to Westerdale
06 : I’anson’s Racehorse
07 : The Ploughboy

Side Two:

01 : The White Cockade
02 : Sorry the Day I Was Married
03 : Ye Noble Spectators
04 : Stow Brow Lal
05 : The Wanton Wife of Castlegate
06 : The Yorkshire Tup
07 : The Whitby Lad

First released in the UK 1966 by Topic Records 12T167

Re-issued by Topic Records in alternative sleeve with same catalogue number, date unknown but probably mid-1970s.

Mike, Lal & Norma Waterson and John Harrison: vocals

Sleeve notes:

The Watersons come from Yorkshire and they’re proud of it. So they thought they would make this, their third LP, a record of Yorkshire songs. But it’s more than simply an anthology of local pieces. The songs are too good for that. All these versions come from Yorkshire, sure enough, but most of them are songs that were spread all over the countryside because singers and listeners found them fascinating. In some countries, the folk music is in clearly marked regional styles, so that passing from one district to another is almost like crossing the frontier into a foreign land, so different are the musics. That’s usually a sign of isolation, of poor communication between one area and another. Not so with England. For centuries our roads have been too good, our population too mobile for the best folk songs to stay at home. Outside of the north-east (where a certain peculiar kind of melody has been stabilised by the use of the Northumbrian small-pipes) we have no clearly differentiated regional music-dialects. A Lancashire version of a tune may sound much like an Essex one, the run of a Lincoln song-text may be very similar to one in Devon. Usually, if a song remains tied to a locality it’s because outsiders haven’t found it interesting enough. Not always though; one or two of the pieces on this record are strictly local and have it in them to charm the wide audiences. Still, we repeat, most of them are songs of nationwide currency. But they are Yorkshire versions; and the Watersons are Yorkshire men and women (two of each), so they sing them with a special affection.


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