I've uploaded "I Once Loved a Lass". This is a cheery (but I think very pretty) traditional folk British folk song which I learned from the Oysterband. It's known throughout England and Scotland, and dates back to the 17th Century. This is a live version recorded in my friend Jim's Living room with Ro and Myself back on Waterfront's tour in June.
This is a recording of Jennifer Cutting and I playing our version of John Spiers and John Boden's arrangement of the traditional song "Prickly Bush" live at a house concert in Takoma Park. It's a number that we've played at the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival. To be honest with you, the main reaction that we've gotten from Americans can best be described as "bewilderment".
"Gee, huh? A what kinda bush?"
At any rate, I really have to hand it to Jennifer, there's very few accordian players I know who could play such a complex part, which is great, because she really carries this song in both arms.
If you look through the records of the British Admiralty, you'll find a reference to a Captain Richard Collinson, who in the year of our lord 1850 set sail to search for the Northwest Passage. Now, the expedition was successful, although it wasn't Captain Collinson who made the discovery. Now I don't know if I'm related to this chap or not (probably the latter) , but I sort of hope so for two reasons
1.) His ship was none other than the H.M.S. Enterprise
2.) We'd have the same job, separated by 150 years, that of exploration... sort of.
Here's a rough scratch recording from one of the practice sessions from the tail end of our June 2010 East Coast US tour. I'm sure that Rowena would be the first to say that this was somewhat a *cough* rough early draft... At any rate, I really love listening to Ro's voice, despite, as she said, the fact that song is about absolutely ruddy nothing.
We should point out that we picked up this song from the band Megson who we like very much, especially their new album.
Glyn Collinson - 08/12/2009
I have uploaded a couple of sessions that were recorded in my living room on a dictaphone. Both are mixtures of traditional tunes and other people's songs that we like a bit too much.
Glyn Collinson - 20/09/2009
Ever since seeing the Paperboys and Oysterband shred their way through traditional tunes, I've always wanted to do the same, so here's our attempt. I don't strictly think that this really counts as "shredding", though!
A trad.Scottish tune, that I heard first from Oysterband
A trad. tune from Northumberland, played to death in most sessions, but I still love it.
...and to complete the set, a traditional Irish tune.
Rowena Gee - 11/09/2009
So, resulting from the excitement of Glyn having seen Show of Hands at Shrewsbury Folk Festival, and both our excitement in the anticipation of seeing them on their current tour in October we've both been listening to lots of their music (check them out, they're awesome!) In particular, we both really like their version of “The Blue Cockade”. So, as we could never do justice to their version, we decided to arrange our own version of the song – which is precisely what we were up doing until about 2.30am last night/this morning !
As with any song arrangement, we started out not knowing the direction to take the song in, but it gradually took shape. We pulled together some aspects (most of the lyrics and some chords) from the Show of Hands version and a couple of lyrics and chord progressions from the Kate Rusby version, and mixed them together with a very large dose of “Waterfront”. Along the way, there was much painstaking work done to try to find some good harmonies, and some verses had to be repeated over and over as I struggled to get the hang of playing some of the complicated strumming patterns whilst still doing vocals.
And so although it is perhaps still a little rough in places, which playing it through even more will resolve, I think we're both quite pleased with the version we managed to record at the end of the night and are looking forward to playing it at a session soon.
Glyn Collinson - 10/09/2009
For the last few years I have been writing a roots music album with my Godfather Kirk McKusick, and playing with my friends Rowena Gee, and Ben Clayton. The recordings that you can hear here are not necessarily the final versions. In fact, we are always looking for other people to play with, to collaborate with, or to help us record. If you would like to get involved in any way, be it creatively or technically, please do drop me a line.