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The Gower Nightingale

Ballads, songs and mouth music from South Glamorgan recorded in the 1930s & 40s’


Phil Tanner

with an introduction by Wynford Vaughan Thomas

(click on the artistes name to see a photo and /or a short biography)


Phil Tanner is one these islands’ greatest traditional folk singers. He had sung all his life in the small village in South Wales where he was born but wasn’t recorded until he he was in his seventies. These are all the recordings that were made in 1937 and 1949 plus an evocative radio broadcast by the renowned Welsh author Wynford Vaughan Thomas, who first described Phil Tanner as the ‘Gower Nightingale’. This CD comes in a deep CD case with a 48 page booklet.


Tracks (click on the title to see the words of each song and read notes about it)

1. The Gower Nightingale - Part 1 Wynford Vaughan Thomas (5.38)
2. Sweet Primroses (3.16)
3. The Gower Nightingale - Part 2 Wynford Vaughan Thomas (7.16)
4. The Gower Reel (2.33)
5. The Gower Wassail (2.29)
6. Young Henry Martin (3.29)

7. The Oyster Girl (3.09)
8. Young Roger Esquire (2.29)
9. Over the Hills to Gowerie (1.13)
10. Swansea Barracks (2.20)
11. Barbara Allen (2.26)
12. Fair Phoebe and the Dark -eyed sailor (3.51)
13. The Bonny Bunch of Roses (3.07)
14. The Parson and the Clerk (3.00)
15. The Gower Reel (1.33)
16. The Gower Reel with dancers (1.13)
17. The Gower Wassail  (4.41)
18. Sweet Primroses (3.27)


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