FifeSing2017: The Fife Traditional Singing Festival
Friday to Sunday 12, 13, 14, May 2017

All FifeSing CDs: £11.99
Postage on up to 1 CD is £1.50 worldwide/ 3 CDs is £2.00 worldwide


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Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 8:
The Little Ball of Yarn
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Recorded in May 2011, the CD opens with Len Graham from Newry in Northern Ireland - a singer with an extensive repertoire of old songs, and Emily Portman, a singer, writer and concertina player, originally from Glastonbury but now based in the North East of England, who is one of the finest young singers in the current folk scene. Other singers include Brian Dawson with songs from Lincolnshire and John Valentine from Cove Bay near Aberdeen with north east bothy ballads and Elizabeth Stewart from Mintlaw sings a couple of songs from her family tradition. Jimmy Hutchison, originally from Skye and now living in Newburgh sings a transportation ballad and Pete Shepheard leads the company in a farewell song of emigration to bring the collection to a close.
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Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 7:
Hurrah Boys Hurrah!
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Recorded in May 2010, the CD opens with Jeff Warner from New Hampshire - a singer with an extensive repertoire of old songs from the New England states, Phyllis Martin from Dalbeattie with songs learned from local Galloway tradition, Geordie Murison from Stonehaven and the noted traditional singer Sheila Stewart from Blairgowrie. Singers from south of the border include Jill Pidd from Yorkshire, the distinctive voice and repertoire of Terry Conway from Allandale and a duet from Chris Coe and Annie Dearman. Scotland’s bothy ballad tradition is represented by Joe Aitken from Kirriemuir. Jimmy Hutchison, originally from Skye and now living in Newburgh and Pete Shepheard from nearby Balmalcolm both include classics from the Scots ballad repertoire and the CD closes with the great MacPherson’s Farewell from Aberdeen singer Danny Couper from Aberdeen.
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Bob Lewis:
Drive Sorrows Away
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Bob Lewis, who was a guest at FifeSing2009, is from West Sussex - an area where traditional song and music still thrive as a living tradition. Bob’s interest in old songs started at local pub sing-songs and it was only when he came into contact with the folk clubs of the early 1960s that he started to think of the songs he knew as folk songs. He soon found his mother knew a lot of old songs and, his appetite whetted, he began to gather songs wherever he travelled. Here are twenty of his songs recorded live before an audience of singers at the Fife Traditional Singing Festival in May 2009.
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Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 6:
There's Bound to Be a Row
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Singers on this CD recorded in May 2009 are Bob Lewis from Sussex - renowned for his fine style and extensive repertoire of songs from the southern England, singer and fiddle player Jo Miller from Stirling, local singers Chris Miles from Kirkcaldy and Jimmy Hutchison originally from Skye and now living in Newburgh, the great northeast ballad singer Jock Duncan from Pitlochry, Henry Douglas from Hawick - renowned for his repertoire of border common riding songs and Jim Taylor from Aberdeenshire.
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Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 5:
Grand to be a Working Man

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This is the fifth collection of Old Songs and Bothy Ballads recorded at the Fife Traditional Singing Festival - recorded in May 2008. Singers including Shona Donaldson a fine young singer from Huntly, Ellen Mitchell from Glasgow, Brian Watson from Prudhoe in Northumberland, Sara Grey originally from the USA and now living in Perth, Yorkshire based Chris Coe, Alex Clarke from Dundee and Jock Duncan from Pitlochry.
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Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 4:
Nick-knack on the Waa
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Recorded at the Fife Traditional Singing Weekend of 2007. Singers include Gordeanna McCullough from Glasgow, Elizabeth Stewart from Mintlaw, many of whose songs came to her from her traveller family the Fetterangus Stewarts, Gordon Easton singer, fiddle player and raconteur from Tyrie in Aberdeenshire, Alex Clarke from Dundee, Duncan Williamson of Ladybank, Jock Duncan from Pitlochry, Pete Coe and Hector Riddell.
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Gordon Easton:
The Last of the Clydesdales
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A solo CD of Gordon recorded during the FifeSing events from 2004 to 2007 - all his best - superb performances - with all the humour of Gordon's inspired introductions. Released to coincide with Gordon's appearance at the Whitby Folk Week in August 2007.
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Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 3:
Some Rants o Fun
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Another superb collection of old songs and bothy ballads recorded at the Fife Traditional Singing Weekend of 2006. Singers include Gordon Easton from Tyrie in Aberdenshire, Anita Best with songs and ballads from the Newfoundland outports, Duncan Williamson from Ladybank, Geordie Murison from Stonehaven, Ellen Mitchell from Glasgow and Maureen Jelks from Dundee.
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Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 2:
For Friendship and for Harmony
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A second volume of songs from the annual gathering - the Fife Traditional Singing Festival of 2005. Singers include Joe Aitken from Kirriemuir, Norman Kennedy now living in Vermont but originally from Aberdeen, Sheila Stewart from Blairgowrie, Louis Killen from Gateshead, Stanley Robertson from Aberdeen and Elizabeth Stewart from Mintlaw.
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Old Songs & Bothy Ballads 1:
Here's a Health to the Company
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The first CD collection of songs from the Fife Traditional Singing Festival - recorded during the first and second festivals weekends of 2003 & 2004. Singers include Gordon Easton from Tyrie, Aberdeenshire, Roisin White from Armagh, Duncan Williamson from Ladybank, Sheila Stewart from Blairgowrie, Jock Duncan from Pitlochry, Elizabeth Stewart from Mintlaw, Alison McMorland from Dunblane and Jim Taylor from Skene, Aberdeenshire.



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The John Watt Interview:
John Watt interviewed by Jimmy Hutchison during the Fife Traditional Singing Festival, May 2010

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This is the first of a series of CDs taken from workshops recorded over the last few years at the FifeSing events. John Watt founded one of the first folk clubs in Scotland in 1961 - The Howff Folk Club in Dunfermline - and he always made sure that the club audience got to hear folk like Jeannie Robertson, Jimmie McBeath, Davie Stewart and, of course, Willie Scott in between more 'popular' performers. He had one of the first folk groups, The Tregullion, and composed several iconic songs that have become part of the folk repertoire - Pittenweem Jo, The Kelty Clippie and Fife's Got Everything. He was responsible for starting the Kinross Festival in 1971 and was a past chairman of the TMSA. His recollections are both interesting and highly entertaining.
See clip of the Interview on YouTube.


Thanks
We wish to give enormous thanks to all the singers who have given free use of their recordings to the East of Scotland Traditional Song Group. Profits from the sale of these CDs goes to the Group and this has enabled us to run the FifeSing events for several years without asking for funds from Fife Council or the Scottish Arts Council.

But we are very pleased to acknowledge some financial assistance in 2010 from Fife Council under their banner:
Celebrating Fife 2010
Our Year of Culture
Discover a Hidden Gem

The FifeSing events are run by a Trust:
The East of Scotland Traditional Song Group
(Committee: Peter Shepheard, Jimmy Hutchison, Chris Miles)
Contact us at:
Peter Shepheard, Balmalcolm House, Balmalcolm, Cupar, Fife KY15 7TJ
tel: 00 44 (0)1337 830773
email: peter shepheard































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