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The Springthyme Archive is a collection of recordings of folk songs and traditional music made between the early and mid 1960s to the present day. Many of these are field recordings of folksongs and traditional music made in Ireland, Scotland, England and some in Canada by folk enthusiast and collector Peter Shepheard. Some of the recordings from the early 1960s were made using a small 2" reel to reel Phillips machine, later recordings from the mid 1960s were made on a 5" Uher tape machine. In the 1970s recordings were made on more professional equipment - a Revox A77, a Sony PCMF1 and later on DAT. Recordings made by other individuals have been added to the Archive over the years - recordings made at festivals, sessions and folk clubs.
Three CD set: MTCD 345-7
In his review, Keith Chandler writes: This really is the most important commercial release showcasing the English tradition to have appeared in many a long day. I cannot stress it enough : absolutely essential.
Daisy Chapman: Ythanside
MCD: MTCD 308
In their review, Alison McMorland and Geordie MacIntyre write: A fitting memorial to a fine singer as well as a celebration of good songs and the enduring spirit which keeps them alive. We commend it unreservedly.
Ian Olson in his review in English Dance and Song (Autumn 2001): Rod Stradling and Pete Shepheard have produced a booklet for Daisy which . . . sets the gold strandard for background, history, repertoire etc . . . almost worth buying for the booklet alone.
CD with 32 page integral booklet in DVD case. 23 tracks, 68 minutes
£12.50. Post Free in the UK.
The great but rarely-heard Buchan, Aberdeenshire, singer with all the 19 songs she is known to have recorded from 1965 to 1970. The nineteen tracks on this album have been trawled from the archive collections of a number of collectors and singers: Peter Hall, Hamish Henderson, Arthur Argo, Peter Shepheard, Rod and Danny Stradling, Peter Cooke and finally, from a family video. These taped 'field recordings' have been digitally remastered and are of exceptionally good technical quality.
MCD and Booklet: TCD 307
In his review Tom Walsh writes: This is for the lover of song, sung in authentic style, no frills, no instrumental accompaniment, no artifice - just genuine. It's the best compilation of its kind I have ever heard. I can return to it again and again and hear new delights. It's that link with the past that gets me. The old tradition is faithfully reproduced, and now preserved forever : One of the most significant contributions to recorded traditional song of the last fifty years.
CD with 28 page integral booklet in DVD case. 33 tracks, 74 mins.
£12.50. Post Free in the UK.
The CD contains all the 33 songs that Wiggy Smith, Denny Smith and Biggun Smith recorded for Peter Shepheard, Mike Yates, Gwilym Davies and Paul Burgess between 1966 and 1999.
Two CD set and booklet: TCD 337/8
In his review Alasdair Maclean (The Scots Magazine) writes: The quality shines through throughout this collection, from the tracks of muckle sangs, or songs verging on the muckle, to merry little ditties almost like interludes. A fitting celebration of a gifted traditional singer ... a collection of gems.
Double CD with 36 page integral booklet in DVD case: 2CDs, 34 tracks, 155 mins.
£16.00 plus postage.
A memorial album of this great Aberdeenshire singer - daughter of the world renowned ballad singer Jeannie Robertson, containing 34 recordings of the best of her songs not currently available on CD, many of which have never before been published. The 36-page booklet contains a brief biography and an appraisal of Lizzie's singing style by Dr Ian Olson, full song notes and transcriptions - and lots of photos.