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Wiggy Smith: Band of Gold

album coverWiggy Smith
and other Smith Family members
Band of Gold

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All the recordings in this collection are from an extended romany gypsy traveller family recorded in an around the Gloucester, Cheltenham and Tewkesbury area. Wiggy was born on 3rd July 1926 in a covered wagon parked on the fields of Filton Common near Bristol - the area now covered by Filton aerodrome. As the first boy to be born in his family, he was named after his father, Wisdom, but was nicknamed Wiggy to distinguish him from his father. In a similar manner, Wiggy's eldest son, also Wisdom, is nicknamed 'Figgy'.

The CD includes all the 33 songs that Wiggy Smith, his father Wisdom Smith, his great uncle Denny Smith, his uncle Biggun Smith and his great granddaughters Jean Hoskin & Rachel Butler recorded for Peter Shepheard, Mike Yates, Gwilym Davies and Paul Burgess between 1966 and 1999. All songs by Wiggy Smith, except where noted below:

1. The Deserter
2. Where the River Shannon Flows
3. I'm a Romani Rai
4. My Ship Lost Her Rigging - Biggun Smith
5. You Are the Only Good Thing that have Happened to Me
6. Rich Farmer of Sheffield
7. Galloway Man - Wisdom Smith
8. Diddling/Mandi went to Puv the Grai
9. Strawberry Roan
10. When I was a Young Man - Wiggie & Wisdom
11. Go From My Window - Wisdom Smith
12. Dunkirk Bay
13. The High-Low Well
14. Robin Hood and the Pedlar - Denny Smith
15. The Cock Flit Up in the Yew Tree
16. Oakham Poachers
17. Lord Bateman
18. Lord Bateman - Denny Smith
19. Riding Along in a Free Train/Mother's the Queen of my Heart
20. Barb'ry Ellen
21. Hobbling Off to the Workhouse Door
22. The Barley Straw - Biggun Smith
23. The Barley Straw - Denny Smith
24. I'll Take My Dog and My Airgun Too
25. Ikey Moses
26. Don't Laugh at Me, 'Cos I'm a Fool
27. Ship Carpenter's Mate
28. The Cruel Ship's Carpenter - Denny Smith
29. That Little Old Band of Gold
30. Auntie Maggie's Homemade Remedy
31. Three Jolly Butcher Boys - Biggun Smith
32. When Schooldays are Over
33. My Boyfriend Gave me an Apple - Jean Hoskin & Rachel Butler