|Blue Water Wherries - QCD 8602 - Various Artists
The ever popular song cycle of the ones that went to Gosport. Performed many times in clubs and elsewhere, it has now been remastered onto CD.
A heavy old boat is a Wherry,
|Alight in the East - QCD 9304 - Happisburgh Light Brigade
Alas no more, your only chance to hear again what was a rollicking good Ceilidh band in their prime. Star of the Show after all these years is still the foghorn.
The red and white lighthouse of Happisburgh,
|Norfolk Hero - QCD 9704 - The Original Cast
Songs old and specially written, with readings of letters etc of the time, that tell the story of Norfolk’s Greatest Hero, Admiral Viscount Nelson.
The sailors all loved their Admiral,
|Brighton's Best - QCD 9803 - Alan Helsdon & Roger Gamble
Compiled to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the wherry ‘Albion’ this includes new and old songs all of which are about a wherry or wherryman, set on a wherry, commemorate a wherry, or just smell of one.
For me it has to be Albion,
|Anachie on the Ukulele - QCD 0210 - Alan Helsdon
Songs you might expect to hear performed on the Ukulele, songs you would not expect to hear on the Baritone Ukulele, and songs that should never be done on any sort of Ukulele; all done on a Baritone Ukulele. That’s anarchy really.
I’m at peace with my little Ukulele
|Lowestoft to Lagrangia - QCD 0211 - Alan Helsdon
From C19 sailing craft to interstellar Space Arks; songs and tunes on Accordion, Ukulele and Voice; from Norfolk to the Hebrides, World War I to Christmas, Trafalgar to Middle Earth. They’re all in here somewhere.
From Lowestoft to Lagrangia
|Babushka - QCD 0212 - Alan Helsdon
Another rich mixture of songs about the Norwich Blitz, a Hebridean maritime tragedy, an over amorous Miller, a brave Medieval wife, a Suffolk horse, a packet of chewing gum in the Cairngorms, a load of old bells.
You’ll find the young female Cossack
|McCurry’s revenge - QCD 0301 - Alan Helsdon
Tunes from the ‘Social Harp’, an American 1855 Shape Note Hymnal, played on the Accordion as they never sounded in Chapel. Don’t tell the Vicar.
The Yankees and the Feds
|Pomellen - QCD 0305 - Alan Helsdon
Some old, some new, some borrowed, some blue - well, rock 'n' roll, at any rate.
You may wonder why Pomellen,
|Green Chantries - QCD 0307 - Various Artists
Songs about people, places and events of medieval Norwich from the siege of Norwich Castle in 1075 to the re-roofing of the Cathedral in 1463+. But don't worry, none of them are as dull as it sounds!
What medieval folk did you can't re-
|On the Threshold of a Scream
QCD 0407 - Various artists
What have we done with the world?
What sort of future do we face?
Any chance of learning from our mistakes?
Just a few of the unimportant little queries posed by songs on this CD.
PLUS some excellent highly-individual contributions by some great local guest artists.
The tunes are quite mundane
Hawk & Harnser - Tune Book
A compilation of Norfolk Dance Tunes as played by musicians of the past fifty years. 60 Tunes; some well-known; some not so; some never before published. Full details of sources, original recordings, the two Norfolk Dances and Biographies of Joan Roe and Norris Winstone.
I know a hawk from a handsaw,
Du Diff'ren' - Tune Book
These tunes are DIFFERENT!
They used to be Shape Note Hymn tunes, Northumbrian Pipe tunes, a Brandenburg Concerto and a bit of Vivaldi. One or two are Originals, but all have that necessary ingredient - out of the ordinariness!
You can sometimes be irreveren',
|Sinkers & Swimmmers -
QCD 0501 -
A collection of local musicians, soloists and groups, playing tunes mostly from Hawk & Harnser in the way they have been played over the last 50 years, with Dulcimers, Fiddles, and Melodeons. Featuring the World Première of the Catfield Piano Trio!.
If traditional tunes drive your pulse in a
|Let's begin - the Beguine Rhythm - QCD 0612 -
A fascinating collection of favourite melodies with a Latin American beat. Local Ceilidh Duo Small Fry consisting of the 2 Alans, Sissons and Helsdon show what they can do with some decidedly un-folky tunes.
In anybody's parlance