Launching on 24th October at the club!

See track listing and notes below:

  1 Mutton Pie (Traditional) - John Hart

John lives near Jim in Loughton's Latin quarter and is our trusty MC. After a few tunes from Adrian Hilton, John invariably gets us into the mood with a few chorus songs such as this one, recorded live at the club. 

Mutton Pie - In his repertoire of traditional chorus 
songs John has three which he picked up from ‘The Brid Fiddler’ Jim Eldon from East Yorkshire, where John grew up. ‘Mutton Pie ‘ is one of them. Jim’s version was learnt from his father-in-law and a farm worker from Holderness. It is now a favourite at Loughton Folk Club; that’s how traditional folk music works!

 2 We Were Kings (Westall) - Wheres Spot

Wheres SpotWheres Spot sing in exquisite close harmony Website 

We were Kings - written by Jan Westall, from their CD "An Abundance of Acorns"

 3 All Things Are Quite Silent (Traditional) - Caz Forbes & Ste Moncrieff

Caz & Ste (formerly known as Raven) are a duo blending intricate finger picked guitar and voice from Ste Moncrieff with voice and flute from Caz Forbes.  Beautiful traditional songs tell their stories and tunes get feet stomping. “Quite simply brilliant!! Fabulous musicians and wonderful songs” Folk at the Pump House, July 2011 Website 

All things are quite silent -  A deserted wife's lament in truly mournful Raven style.

 4 Ellis Island (Neville) - Al Neville

Al Neville is a singer,songwriter, guitarist and member of bands. He describes his work as "songs to make you laugh and cry...not necessarily at the same time". He recorded a CD of his humorous songs live at Loughton Folk Club in 2011. Ellis Island is taken from his new CD, "Heart Man", due for release in early 2014.

Ellis Island, in Upper New York Bay, was the gateway for millions of immigrants to the United States, many from Europe, as the nation's busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 until 1954. This song tells the story of a migrant from Italy who, like many, found that life in the USA was not all he'd hoped for or expected. The chorus is based on a quotation Al saw in Ellis Island Museum when he visited in 2007. The song features Mick Day on bouzouki, Jeremy Blatherwick on piano accordion, Zoë Burton on drums and Stephan Liebrecht on bass. Mick and Jeremy also on background vocals.

 5 The Galway Shawl (Traditional) - Bob Fox

Bob Fox - Ralph McTell sums it up ". . . as soon as I heard Bob Fox sing I realised he must have one of the best voices in England, I have always regarded him  as an artist of great ability and integrity". Ralph McTell. Bob's website is here. Bob has resumed his role as SONGMAN in the WARHORSE UK tour until February 2015  website.

The Galway Shawl - a story that takes place in May in Oranmore. The singer sees a girl wearing a bonnet with ribbons and a Galway shawl around her shoulders. He and the girl go to her father's cottage. The girl tells him to play "The Foggy Dew" to please her father. The man plays some hornpipes and the girl sings them as she cries tears of joy. The song ends as the narrator bids the girl farewell as he's bound for County Donegal. He will always remember her Galway shawl (Wikipedia). This recording from Bob's album - Dreams Never Leave You.

 6 St James' Infirmary (Traditional) - Dave Beckett

Dave Beckett - Full time gardener playing guitar for fun turned full time guitarist gardening for fun. We don't see enough great acoustic blues players - Dave is the real thing! he makes great music. Website

St. James Infirmary Blues - based on an 18th-century traditional English folk song called "The Unfortunate Rake" (aka "The Unfortunate Lad" or "The Young Man Cut Down in His Prime"), about a soldier who uses his money on prostitutes, and then dies of a venereal disease (Wikipedia). 

 7 Watercress Tarrier's Daughter (Traditional/Hewett) - Blue Harbour

Blue Harbour are at least half local! Phil Hewett has moved to Stevenage where he still manages to write excellent songs, and to rehearse with Jim Coombes (local reprobate) - with the help of a zoom recorder and the internet. He still suffers Jim's sense of humour(?) with great fortitude. 

The Watercress Tarrier's Daughter's claim to fame is that it is allegedly the only traditional folk song to mention the town of Hoddesden (some would say that is only appropriate!). The original tune has sadly been lost so this one is Phil's.

 8 Last Year's Love (Unknown) - Alan Francis

Alan Francis - another favourite who has moved further out. Often compared to the late, great, Burl Ives, Alan brings a wealth of experience as an entertainer and a huge repertoire of songs, ballads and blues that appeals to a wide audience. Website

Last Year's Love - Alan says "One of my favourite love songs which I have now been singing for almost 50 years, but which is nonetheless a source of frustration to me, because I cannot credit its writer, for the following reason.
Way back in 1964, when Rhodesia had just declared UDI from Britain, I had a friend called Bill Keats, who had come over from Bulawayo to stay with his aunt, who lived just up the road from me in Brightlingsea. With him he had brought some records of Rhodesian and South African music, including an album by a Rhodesian singer whose name has now faded from my memory. This song came from that album and, sad to say, I have no idea who wrote it and all my efforts to trace the composer have failed. If Bill, or anyone else who knows the songwriter, ever gets to hear this and can put me in touch with him, I’ll happily pay any royalties he is due. By way of a clue, I remember other tracks on the album as being “Shangani Patrol” , “The UDI Song” and a song about gold mining in Johannesburg. Well, you know what they say about the sixties - if you can remember every detail, you weren’t enjoying yourself enough! 

 9 Charming Molly O (Traditional) - Alison Frosdick & Jack Burnaby

Alison & Jack - perform mainly traditional British folk songs with Alison generally singing and Jack accompanying on melodeons/concertina. They have been known to throw in the occasional harmonious unaccompanied song too! Website

Charming Molly O - An excellent rendering of this traditional ditty with lively instrumental break. Your feet will tap!

10 Precious Metal (Shannon) - Anna Shannon

Anna Shannon - In 2006 Anna was awarded BBC YORKSHIRE SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR Hailing from the moors of North Yorkshire, she has been described as, “ A highly acclaimed songwriter, multi instrumentalist and folk singer, and  a welcome and immensely popular addition to the bill of any festival or folk event”. Website

Precious Metal - Anna says "Written for my wonderful veteran pony...Mojo, who was a great friend and teacher. He died at the age of 35 yrs". We're very lucky to have this beautiful song from Anna's as yet unreleased new album! 

11 The Beard Snood (Bird/Capewell) - Harry Bird & The Rubber Wellies

Harry Bird and the Rubber Wellies - Based in Dublin and Bilbao, travelling folksters Harry Bird & the Rubber Wellies have spent the last five years touring Britain, Ireland and mainland Europe, playing bars, cafes, theatres, circus galas, festivals and folk clubs alike. Their debut album, “Long Way to be Free”, appeared in 2009 on Hot Drop Records and their second, “The Bones on Black” was released in March 2012. A third album is due to follow in 2014. All dates, music and other information can be found on

 Quotes: "One of my favourite bands of recent years" - Mike Harding
"an album that consistently surprises and is folk music as artefact, not industry...simply magnificent." - R2
"a fantastically enjoyable chilled out mesh of musical culture...unique blend of international folk music." - The London Music Blog

The Beard Snood - Composed on a Barcelona beach, the Beard Snood tells the traumatic story of Christophe's brief adventure into the world of baking. It talks about the perils of having facial hair and the fate which may await you should you forget to shave. "The beard snood, protects the food, from hairy intruders!"

12 Rolling Sea (Traditional) - Green Diesel

Green Diesel - In our opinion, the best thing to come out of Faversham since ‘Bishop’s Finger’. (We're hoping for some free beers!) Exciting young multi-talented band - Excellent!  Website

Rolling Sea - A classic shanty with the full Green Diesel whoomph!

13 Marrabones (Traditional) - Stick in the Wheel

Stick in the Wheel
- play London folk music. They record to the sound of sirens and birdsong in their long-rented East End front rooms: real, raw and authentic. Absolutely brilliant! Website

Marrabones - With a version that’s taken from the Clancy Brothers’ ‘Old Woman of Wexford’ via Steeleye Span’s ‘Marrowbones’, this tale of a devious woman trying to deceive her husband is several centuries old, with versions in Ireland, Scotland, England as well as all over the US.

14 Kindly Take Your Glasses to the Bar (Homes) Dennis Homes

Dennis is a frequent and popular visitor to Loughton Folk Club. He has written literally hundreds of songs and never fails to impress with his repertoire of some serious and some very funny songs. Dennis says: "I originally started out playing bass guitar in a number of rock bands in the mid sixties. I became involved in the folk scene in the late sixties and turned professional with an acoustic trio and supported acts such as Fairport Convention and Steel Eye Span. Over the years I’ve written over 400 songs, some serious, some comic and others, like this one, downright ridiculous.  But there again this song does have a serious message, especially for organizers of folk clubs who have to clear up after everyone has gone home!" 

It is a feature of the club that, at the end of the evening, we like to sing to encourage everyone to take their glasses downstairs when they leave. Dennis took it one stage further and penned this song, in his own inimical, style to help us along. Recorded live at Loughton - just the right notes to end on!

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