- The Voice of the People
The Voice of the People is an anthology of folk songs sung by
Traditional singers of England Scotland Wales and Ireland.
There are 511 recordings on 20 CDs, compiled by Dr Reg Hall, a historian at Sussex University. The singers were celebrities within their own community but unknown to the world at large until collectors arrived with portable tape recorders in the 1950s and 60s. A few of them recorded enough material for an entire album. Most are known for a couple of songs. A few scraps of biographical notes are given in booklets that accompany the discs. Every one of them led working-class lives. Volumes 9 and 19 are collections of instrumentals. In a few cases the singers used song books or ballad sheets to supplement their repertoire, but in most cases their versions are from
oral tradition. This collection is the UK equivalent of Harry smith's Anthology of American Folk Music.
The following is a selection of songs from the whole series
Volume 1: Come Let Us Buy the Licence - Songs of Courtship & Marriage
* The Song of the Riddles sung by
The Bonnie Lass o' Fyviesung by Jimmy MacBeath
* Who Are You, My Pretty Fair Maid? sung by Joe Heaney
Volume 2: My Ship Shall Sail the Ocean - Songs of Tempest & Sea Battles, Sailor Lads & Fishermen
* The Oak and the Ash sung by Jumbo Brightwell
Volume 3: O’er His Grave the Grass Grew Green - Tragic Ballads
* The Bonny Boy sung by Fred Jordan
* Newry Town sung by Jumbo Brightwell
* Lady Margaret (Child 77) sung by
The Twa Brothers(Child 49) sung by Belle Stewart
Volume 4: Farewell, My Own Dear Native Land - Songs of Exile & Emigration.
Volume 5: Come All My Lads That Follow the Plough - The Life of Rural Working Men & Women
Volume 6: Tonight I'll Make You My Bride - Ballads of True & False Lovers
* The Forester (Child 110) sung by
Volume 7: First I'm Going To Sing You a Ditty - Rural Fun & Frolics
* Three Sons of Rogues sung by Pop Maynard, 1956.
Volume 8: A Story I'm Just About To Tell - Local Events & National Issues
The Wind That Shakes the Barleysung by Sarah Makem
The Bonny Bunch of Rosessung by Cyril Poacher
Volume 9: Rig-A-Jig-Jig - Dance Music of the South of England
Volume 10: Who's That at my Bedroom Window? - Songs of Love & Amorous Encounters
Seventeen Come Sundaysung by Bob Hart
Volume 11: My Father's the King of the Gypsies - English and Welsh Travellers & Gypsies
* The Young Officer (Child 4) sung by Mary Ann Haynes
Volume 12: We've Received Orders to Sail - Jackie Tar at Sea & on Shore
* The Lofty Tall Ship sung by Sam Larner, 1958 or ‘59.
Volume 13: They Ordered Their Pints of Beer & Bottle of Sherry - The Joys and Curse of Drink
* Coming Home Late (Child 274) sung by George Spicer
Volume 14: Troubles They Are But Few - Dance Tunes & Ditties
* The Barley Grain sung by Austin Flanagan
Volume 15: As Me and My Love Sat Courting - Songs of Love, Courtship & Marriage
* Coochie Coochie Coo Go Way sung by Jamsie McCarthy
Volume 16: You Lazy Lot of Boneshakers - Songs & Dance Tunes of Seasonal Events
Gower Wassailsung by Phil Tanner, 1936
Volume 17: It Fell on a Day, a Bonny Summer Day - Ballads
* In Worcester City sung by
Harry Cox, 1958.
* Lady Mary Ann sung by
The Gypsy Laddie(Child 200) sung by Jeannie Robertson, 1953.
Bonny Barbara Allan(Child 84) sung by Sarah Makem, 1967.
Volume 18: To Catch a Fine Buck Was My Delight - Songs of Hunting & Poaching
* The Hungry Fox sung by Harry Burgess, 1956.
Volume 19: Ranting & Reeling - Dance Music of the North of England
Volume 20: There is a Man Upon the Farm - Working Men & Women in Song
* The Overgate sung by
Brian Peters wrote in "Roots World" as "the crème de la crème of Britain's traditional singers and musicians." [ [http://www.rootsworld.com/rw/feature/vop.html Roots World] ] . "Veteran Records" said it was "The greatest set of CDs of English, Irish and Scottish singing and music ever produced" [ [http://www.veteran.co.uk/compilations.htm Compilations ] ]
* [http://www.forest-tracks.co.uk/paulmarshs/pages/cds.html Technical aspects of recoring the series]
* [http://www.wsws.org/articles/1999/mar1999/folk-m05.shtml Review of VOTP]
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