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Our compilation of West Country singers Old Uncle Tom Cobleigh and All is now out of stock and there are no current plans to re-press it. It is therefore now only available as a digitial download and the catalogue number has changed to VTC9DR.
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The first reviews for VT158CD John & Tim Lyons Easy & Bold are in. Follow the links to read them.
"This could be the finest of all the releases on Veteran. Now that is saying something, isn’t it?" - ED&S
"In many ways this recording can be seen as a encapsulation of the musical careers of two of Ireland’s most influential singers — aIl too brief, perhaps, but very satisfying. And the story’s not over yet." - The Living Tradition
"The sequencing and balance of the record is spot on. Here are some important songs from the Irish tradition, simply and honestly sung. Excellent sleeve notes as always from Veteran, too." - R2 (Rock & Reel)
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Two new Veteran digital downloads with printable paper parts.
Yes you can now download these and our other 'download only' albums, burn them onto a CDR and then by following the links you can print from a pdf an inlay, traycard and label for each.
Heart & Home
25 tracks from the legendary Galway fiddle player Lucy Farr. Originally release in 1992 on cassette only
The Long Strand
Three great fiddle players from Liverpool, Sean McNamara, Eamon Coyne & Peggy Peakin. Originally release in 1992 on cassette only
These and all our digital downloads now have direct quick links to iTunes and Amazon download pages.
The whole of the Fledg'ling label has now been added to this web-site. Follow the blue link and find classic and award winning CDs by a host of artistes including: John Kirkpatrick, Home Service, Shirley & Dolly Collins and Fotheringay.
New additions our websites
CDA011 The Little Ball of Yarn
A new CD from the Fife Traditional Singer's Festival which includes: John Valentine, Elizabeth Stewart, Pete Shepherd, Jimmy Hutchinson, Emily Portman, Brian Dawson and Len Graham.
MTCD356-7 The King's Head Folk Club
Recordings made at the King’s Head Folk Club in North London between 1968 and 1970.
and from Ireland on www.veteran.ie
TTSB2012By Hook or By Crook
The Tin Sandwich Band areJohn & Pip Murphy (mouthorgans) Benny McCarthy (melodeon) and Donal Clancy (guitar)
RTEDVD157 Come West Along the Road Vol.4
More amazing archive footage from RTE television programmes.
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Just released on Veteran
John & Tim Lyons
Easy & Bold
John and Tim Lyons have been involved in traditional music for much of their lives although they have rarely sung together. They have now settled back home and John’s children are continuing their musical tradition. They are rightly considered two of Ireland’s finest traditional singers.
Big news for 2012!
All Veteran CDs are now available as MP3 downloads
On each Veteran CD page you will now find a link to iTunes where you can buy a full CD download for as little as £7.49 or single tracks for 79p.
What this also means is you can now listen to a sample of every track on every CD in our catalogue.
For more information have a look at: digital downloads
New additions to www.veteran.ie
MUSCD009 Louth Mouths from Drogheda
Some remarkable songs collected in Co. Louth sung by Sean Corcoran, Donal Maguire and Gerry Cullen.
CMCD4452 In Full Flight
Len Graham is one of Ireland’s best known traditional singers who has gained an international reputation, not only for his inimitable singing style, but also for the breadth of his knowledge of Irish folk music.
CMCD4453 Over the Hills
Len Graham recorded live in concert at various events during 2009
We now have a new website which specialises in Irish traditional music and songs.
Eventually this site will just contain English and Scottish material and all the Irish content will be removed.
More importantly the new site allows us to included hundreds more CDs, with even more being added over the coming months.
Have a look today and check out the pages on Fiddle, Uilleann Pipes, Flute, Tin Whistle, Button Accordion, Melodeon, Concertina, Mouthorgan, Banjo, Harp, Bodhran, Ceili Bands, Duos, Groups, Songs sung in English, Songs sung in Irish, Storytellers, Compilations and DVDs.
There is now a free Veteran or Kyloe CD available on our Offers page.
Two more great reviews of VTC10CD Stepping it out again! have just been added from 'The Living Tradition' and 'Mardles'.
As you will know today there has been a dramatic rise in postal charges from Royal Mail.
We have had to think long and hard about this over the past week and we have decided that we now have to change our pricing from 'incl. U.K. P+P' to a price where P+P is added.
We have actually reduced our prices across the web-site by £1.00 per item which was the P+P element and now P+P will be added at checkout.
This means that we have not increased our actual CD prices for a decade!!!
Also we have now instituted banded postage prices on our shopping cart so the more you order the cheaper the postage becomes. You could actually be paying less in the future, particularly if you are ordering from outside the U.K.
May Madness Sale
As the 'Summer is a-coming in Oh' (if a little wet!) we are offering you a massive spring sale with a reduction of 10% on everything you order, but there is a time limit, so order now.
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The latest news on the Topic 'Voice off the People' CDs is the release date has been put back again to 9th April, and we have the first batch of, rather good, reviews for our newest release VTC10CD Stepping it out again! with the national magazine Songlines saying:
"The variety and quality of these field recordings from the last quarter of the 20th century makes this a nigh-on essential purchase for lovers of traditional songs."
and the regional magazine Shreds and Patches enthuses:
"The presentation, as with all Veteran products, is first-class. The content, though, is (even by Veteran’s standards) special. For an extra ordinary snapshot of what drives collectors in their work, you cannot get better than this."
To read the full reviews follow this link: Read VTC10CD reviews
Next a rake of new (and old) Irish CDs have just been added (re-added) to our catalogue.
RaelachCD002 NA FIR BOLG
First off is a remarkable CD from two young anglo concertina players Jack Talty (Co. Clare) & Cormac Begley (Co. Kerry) playing a whole range of concertinas in a variety of sizes and keys. With so many memorable tunes this is one of the best CDs we've heard for a long time.
CRCD006 Havoc in Heaven
Second is a new CD from Dublin singer Jerry O'Reilly with another fine set of songs sung in his own distinctive style.
And finally we have at last got, back in stock, the CDs from the concertina player and piper Tommy McCarthy and family, plus three others we have not listed before.
MMCD52 Sporting NellTommy McCarthy Back in stock
MMCD54 The Family AlbumTommy's son - also Tommy - and daughters Jacqueline, Marion and Bernadette uphold the family tradition with some great Clare music. Back in stock
MMCD53 The Hidden Note Jacqueline McCarthy Debut solo recording of concertina player. Her family - Tommy Sen., Marion, Bernadette and Tommy Jun. - are also featured on the album.
MMCD51 The Wind Amongst the ReedTommy Keane & Jacqueline McCarthy Uilleann pipes and anglo concertina as a duet.
LUNCD052 The Piper's ApronTommy Keane debut solo Uilleann piping album includes the first sighting of a musical duet with his wife Jacqueline McCarthy on concertina.
Up to date news about the new 'Voice of the People'
We can now confirm the the official release date for the first four of the new Topic 'Voice of the People series is Monday 26th March (a little later than expected). Below you will find a link to the track listing and list of the performers for each. All four will be packaged in slipcases with extensive booklets of notes.
Order now to get yours on (or even before!) the release date.
TSCD671 You Never Heard so Sweet
Songs by Southern English Traditional Singers. Selected & presented by Shirley Collins from classic recordings made in the 1950s by Peter Kennedy & Bob Copper.
Ned Adams, Joe Spicer, Lily Cook, George Maynard, Noah Gillette, Bob & Ron Copper, George Burton, Lily Cook, Luther Hills & Mark Fuller, Jim Barrett, Jim Swain, Turp Brown, Fred Hewett, Mrs. Hewett, George Attrill, George Maynard, Enos White, Jim Copper, Gladys Stone, Luther Hills with Mark Fuller, George Spicer, Harry Upton, Lottie Chapman, Frank Cole, Albert Beale, Bob & Ron Copper.
TSCD672D I'm a Romany Ria
Songs by Southern English Gypsy Traditional Singers. Selected & presented by Shirley Collins from classic recordings made in the 1950s and 1960s by Peter Kennedy.
Phoebe Smith, Tom Willett, Janet Penfold, Rebecca Penfold, Charlie Scamp, Mary Fuller, Wally Fuller, Sheila Smith, Tom Willett, Rebecca Penfold, Jack Fuller, Wally Fuller, Chris Willett, Jack Fuller, Rebecca Penfold, Chris Willett, Wally Fuller, Carolyne Hughes (29 tracks), Celia Warren, John Hughes, Carrie Hughes, John Hughes.
TSCD673T Good People, Take Warning:
Ballads sung by British and Irish Traditional Singers. Selected & presented by Steve Roud from recordings made in the 1940s, 50s and 60s.
Bob & Ron Copper, Jean Elvin, Maggie Chambers, Bess Cronin, Paddy Doran, Ben Butcher, Maggie Stewart, Phil Tanner, Jeannie Robertson,
Gabriel Figg, Sarah Makem, Lucy Stewart, Thomas Moran, Jim O’Neill, Mick McAlinden, Maureen Melly, Sam Larner, Phoebe Smith, Margaret Jeffrey,
Harry Cox, Mary Toner, Harry List, Dodie Chalmers, Gladys Stone, Seamus Ennis, Paddy McCluskey, Lucy Stewart, Jim Copper, Jean Mathew,
Paddy Grant, Thomas Moran, Ethel Findlater, Harry Upton, Mary Doran, Joe Thomas, Dot Foubister, Michael Gallagher, Jim O’Neill, Charlotte Higgins,
Maggie Chambers, Peter Donnelly,Togo Crawford, Mary Anne Stewart, Emily Bishop, Joseph Higgins, Michael Gallagher, Jean Mathew, Joe Moran,
Fred Jordan, George Bloomfield, Mary McGarvey & Leslie Johnson.
TSCD674 The Heart is True
Sarah Makem - Irish Traditional Singer.
Selected & presented by Rod Stradling from classic recordings made in the 1950s and 60s.
A new exciting CD on Veteran.
VTC10CD Stepping it out again!
'traditional folk music, songs and stories from England & Ireland'.
These recordings were made by John Howson between 1975 and 2000 and come from his large collection which is now housed at the British Library’s National Sound Archive. They include some remarkable performances which have, surprisingly, eluded release on CD until now. Here is a vivid insight into the diversity of traditional folk songs, tunes, stories and stepdancing in rural and urban England and Ireland. Performers include: Jimmy Lynch, Tom Smith, Septimus Fawcett, Emma Vickers, Brian & Darren Breslin, Jack Stannard, Harry Litherland, Sarah Anne O'Neill, Reg Pratley, Denys Troughton, John Campbell, David Savage, Eli Frankham, Lucy Farr & Cyril Barber.
Lots of new additions to our catalogue. Click on the album /book /DVD title to find out more about it including track listings.
CDAH009 Drive Sorrows Away
CDAH009 Drive Sorrows Away Sussex singer Bob Lewis recorded live at the 2009 annual FifeSing in Scotland .
MTCD351 A Country Life
Songs, recitations, stories and jokes from Bill Smith, a Shropshire farm worker.
For some time we have been awaiting news, from Topic Records, about the new ‘Voice of the People’ series, following the highly successful first twenty CD collection. The first four of the new series have been announced with a release date of February 2012. More details about the each album will appear on our web site as it is made available. We are quite happy to take advance orders for them to enable you to receive them at the earliest possible opportunity, but please don’t expect them before the February release date.
TSCD671 You Never Heard so Sweet - Songs by Southern English Traditional singers
TSCD672D I'm a Romany Ria - Songs by Southern English Gypsy Traditional singers
TSCD673T Good People, Take Warning: Ballads Sung by British and Irish Traditional singers
TSCD674 The Heart is True - Sarah Makem - Irish Traditional singer
MTCD353-5 As I Roved Out - Sarah Makem.
All of the other tracks that have been collected of her singing, that were not used on Topic album.
IRB4 All the Days of his Life
Songs, Stories and Memories
We are pleased that the The Irish Traditional Music Archive have produced this
outstanding hard back book of the life and the songs of the great Co. Derry
singer Eddie Butcher which comes with a separately package three CDs of recordings made the late Hugh Sheilds. Including 67 previously unpublished songs!
(Hardback book with CD x 3 - £40.99 + additional postage due the weight of the book and CDs)
This packaging is now only available on special order due to the cost of the postage - email email@example.com
ITMA01 Adam in Paradise
A re-release of the first recordings of Eddie Butcher made by Hugh Sheilds and produced as an EP in 1969. Just four songs, but they should be in everyone collection!
ITMA02 The Westmeath Hunt
William Mullaly was the first and one of the best Irish concertina players to issue commercial records. His discs, made in the United States in the 1920s, have been newly remastered for this reissue CD and it is now accompanied by a 60-page illustrated booklet.
BNF008 Drimalost and Beyond
Eagerly awaited release of a double CD of fiddle player Danny Meehan, a stalwart of the London Irish scene who hails from near Mountcharles, Co. Donegal.
RTE199CD The Return to Fingal
We have had difficulty sourcing the RTE label, but the problem has been resolved
and we now have in stock (at a lower price!) all of their current traditional
including the re-issue of early recordings of piper, singer and storyteller Seamus Ennis.
RTEDVD148 Come West Along the Road Vol.3 'Irish Traditional Music Treasures from RTE TV Archive 1960s -1980s'.
Vol.1 and Vol.2 of this superb DVDs series are back in stock and now at a lower price and we are please now to be able include Vol. 3 in our catalogue.
CDAH010 Hurrah, Boys, Hurrah
The seventh volume of recordings from the Fife Traditional Singers Festival from the 2010 event. Guests include Geordie Murison, Sheila Stewart, Chris Coe, Joe Aitken, Phyllis Martin and Jeff Warner.
A new double DVD from England and a new triple CD from Ireland.
BFIDVD01 Here's a Health to the Barley Mow
Just arrived a new DVD set of archival films featuring English dance, song and calender customs, including the 1950s film of Blaxhall Ship 'Hear's a Health to the Barleymow' and Alan Lomax's film of Padstow May Day 'Oss, Oss Wee, Oss'. 43 films on two DVDs plus a 58 page illustrated booklet. Amazing!
BNF007 A Feeling in the Blood
A new 3 CD album from the ever impressive Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí label, featuring the fiddle music of legendary Néillidh Boyle from Dungloe, Co Donegal. Includes a 36 page booklet.
New from Scotland.
CDTRAX9024 Scottish Traditions 24
A new addition to the Greentrax 'Scottish Traditions' series has just arrived, which features songs and ballads from Perthshire recorded in the 1950s. 15 singers include Belle Stewart, Sheila Stewart and Willie MacPhee.
Lots of new great reviews have been added to the site for the most recent Veteran releases:
VT135CD The Fox & the Hare - VT157CD O'er Lang at the Fair - VT156CD With thanks - Le buíochas
Have read and you might fancy one of them!
And there is great news for aficionados of Irish Music and singing!
We have, until now, had difficulty sourcing CDs from the classic Irish label Gael Linn but we've cracked it! So we have now included a first selection of their on the website including a new exciting re-release:
At last the classic recordings of the finest Sligo fiddler ever are available again! 48 tracks of archival magic recorded in the 1920s in America when he was at his best.
Check out what else is currently available from the Gael Linn label on the site
Banquet of Boxes A new English melodeon compilation featuring Nick Cooke, John Spiers, Dan & Matt Quinn, Saul Rose, Mark Bazeley, Ed Rennie,
Simon Bannister, Katie Howson, Andy Cutting, Simon Care, Simon Ritchie and John Kirkpatrick.
The latest releases have been added to the Topic, Fellside and WildGoose catalogues
Topic Records Catalogue Fellside Records Catalogue WildGoose Records Catalogue
We would like to wish all our customers, past and present,
A Happy New Year
and assure you that there will be no prices rises in the foreseeable future even with the increase in VAT which has been introduced today!
Over the holiday period we have added the words for all the songs on VT135CD The Fox & the Hare and added biographical information and photographs to the links on the VTDC8CD Many a Good Horseman page.
Make sure you come back to the site regularly in this new year as we have several new exciting Veteran projects in the pipe line and of course we will also keep you up to date with traditional music releases on other labels from England. Ireland and Scotland.
Available now! The re-release of the Harry Green recordings on CD.
VT135CD The Fox & the Hare. Harry Green was one of the finest folk singers from the county of Essex. He was ninety three, in 1967, when his classic ballads, country songs and comic recitations were recorded by the renowned folk song collector Fred Hamer. On this compilation are four other fine Essex traditional singers with songs which also give a snap-shot of a bygone life from all corners of this vibrant rural and coastal county.
Our Summer crunch time offer is now over - well it is November!
but our Christmas and New Year offer is now available
Have a look at our offers page and see how you can save money on Veteran CDs.
Two new superb books - one from England and one from Ireland.
ENB34 Working Songs - Firstly is Roy Palmer's investigation of songs of work from the beginning of the Industrial Revolution to the 1980s Miners’ strike.
IRB3 Here I am Amongst You - and the other a biography of Northern Irish singer and fiddle player Joe Holmes written by Len Graham which includes many of Joes's songs and tunes
Five new CDs of Irish songs and music have been added to our catalogue.
ITCD001 Round Top Wagon
The first CD from the remarkable young London based traveller singer Tommy McCarthy.
RGCD01D May Morning Dew
Donegal singer Rita Gallagher with an excellent double CD of unaccompanied songs.
WMCD001 Echoes of Sliabh Luachra
Flute player Billy Clifford was a stalwart of the London Irish scene in the 1950s and 60s along with his mother and father John and Julia Clifford. This new solo CD is being met with great acclaim.
RTECD276 Gold Ring
A double CD of rare recordings of the great Co.Clare piper Willie Clancy.
Four CD set of music and song from a master of traditional Irish mouthorgan player, Eddie Clarke.
A new CD from Scotland
CDAH008 There’s Bound to Be A Row - A fifth volume of songs from the annual Fife Traditional Singing Weekend.
Five new albums from England released during the Summer.
TECD161 Absolutely Classic - The Music of William Kimber A welcome return of this classic CD which includes some archive film footage.
MTCD349 Sweet Swansea – May Bradley The recorded repertoire of a gypsy singer recorded by Fred Hamer.
MTCD348 And then it happened – Ken Langsbury The flamboyant Gloucestershire story teller and raconteur recorded live.
HEBE006 Open on Sundays - Duck Soup Dan Quinn's melodeon and songs accompanied by an array of unexpected instruments.
ATT001 Eloise - Ralph Jordan Duet concertina maestro with his first solo CD.
It's arrived at last! Our new CD of Northumbrian smallpipes and concertina.
VT157CD O'er Lang at the Fair
Rob Say is one of today's foremost performers of traditional music from the North East of England, and on his new CD he is joined by piano player Will Chamberlain and another champion piper Andy May.
It's Summer Price Crunch Time!
Yes, we have cut the internet prices of the Veteran catalogue for the Summer.
All single Veteran CDs are are now £11.95 and doubles are £14.95. These prices include postage in the U.K.
If you're outside the U.K. then you also get cheaper postage, as our postage is calculated by a percentage of the cost of the order.
This is cheaper than anywhere else on the internet. If it is not, then please tell us.
Also new on the website are reviews of Roisin White's CD VT156CD With thanks - Le buíochas, which you can now also get at the Summer Crunch price.
The words of the songs and new reviews have been added to the VT115CD As I went to Horsham and VTDC8CD Many a Good Horseman pages.
Two new CDs and a DVD from the North East of Scotland
The first two are tributes produced by Aberdeen University's Elphinstone Institute, to the great Scottish ballad singer Stanley Robertson who sadly died in 2009.
EIC004 The College Boy
A thirty five track double CD, of Stanley's best ballads and songs, some well known and many quite rare. Comes with a 32 page booklet.
EIC005 At the Blue Lamp
A DVD of six of Stanley's songs filmed at the famous Aberdeen pub, The Blue Lamp by award winning director Mark van Hugten.
The third continues the popular series from Sleepytown Records of Aberdeen
SLPYCD012 The Bothy Songs and Ballads of North East Scotland Volume Four
Another selection of songs from some of the finest ballad singers including several with accompaniment and four archive tracks.
Two new Irish fiddle double CDs have just been added to our catalogue.
CNF006 The Purple Heather
The first features the legendary Donegal fiddle player Vincent Campbell who has been heard on compilation CDs like 'The Brass Fiddle' but this is the first full album of him There are 86 tracks recorded between 1962 to 2009. The six album from the excellent specialist label Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí.
The second CDs come from West Clare and features the famous, well respected, fiddle player Junior Crehan. We knew of the existence of this album but we had been unable to source it. On a trip to Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare last weekend to launch our new Roisin White CD (follow this link to our About Veteran page to see photos of the launch) we met Ita Crehan and we now have her father's CDs in stock.
MJC1908 The Last House in Ballymakea
Junior Crehan (1908-1998) was recorded in variety of settings over many years and included on this double CD he is also joined on several tracks by family members and musician friends. As one reviewer said,
'Listening to this CD is a must. Junior's soothing voice telling stories and his tranquil music is a legacy for us all'.
The first brand new release on Veteran for some time:
VT156CD With thanks - Le buíochas
The long awaited new CD from one of Ireland's traditional singers Roisín White. Featuring many songs which have been rarely heard before. Just in time for Christmas!
New releases from Topic
As part of their 70th year celebrations Topic records have re-released for the first time on CD seven of their most influencial albums,
TSCD126 Louis Killen, TSCD358 Jackie Daly, TSCD427 Alistair Anderson, TSCD582 Peter Bellamy, TSCD583 The McPeake Family, TSCD576D Ewan MacColl and the one we have been waiting for:
TSCD581D I Never to many posh dances. Sussex's anglo concertina player Scan Tester's seminal album which we was originally released on vinyl and then produced on cassette by Veteran which we can now offer on double CD.
Two new collections from Veteran and Topic
VTC8CD Many a Good Horseman is, at last, available on double CD.
The collection tracks John Howson's survey of traditional music making in Mid-Suffolk and includes some archival recordings made as early as 1958. Originally released as a double cassette the new production, which has been digitally re-edited and enhanced, consists of two 39 track CDs each lasting 75 minutes, and comes with a new 32-page booklet, which includes biographies and photographs of each of the performers, as well as extensive notes about the songs and tunes.
TOPIC70 Three Score and Ten
An amazing production to celebrate Topic's 70th year as an independent record company, consisting of 7 themed CDs presented in a 10 inch square hardback book which is packed with information and 100s of illustrations
Two new CDs, a tune book and a DVD that nearly got away!
The Green 'Un - Limited edition solo CD by Katie Howson. 24 tunes from England, Ireland, Quebec and Australia played on an Eric Martin D/G two-row.
SARK001CD Sark Voices - Rare archival recordings from Sark in the Channel Islands.
ENB33 Never on Sunday - manuscripts from 19th century West Country village church band
The has been in stock for a little while but for some reason it never made it onto the web site.
Sam Sherry - A Memorial Compilation - 3 DVD set celebrating the life of Lancashire clog dancer and Music Hall artiste.
At last (I hear you say!) we have a search engine on the website and to find out more have a look at: help with searching
and there are two new CDs from Scotland and one from England in stock.
CD AH007 Grand to be a Working Man - A fifth volume of songs from the annual Fife Traditional Singing Weekend.
CDTRAX 335 - Hector MacAndrew - 'Legend of the Scots Fiddle'
HEBECD005 Thicker than Water - The Mighty Quinns: Dan Quinn and his son Matt's debut CD.
plus two new English books which passed us by, but we now have available.
ENB30 The Elliotts of Birtley - A history of the famous singing mining family by Pete Wood.
ENB31 The Coleford Jig - A collection of traditional Tunes From Gloucestershire compiled by Charles Menteith and Paul Burgess
Apart from Veteran and Kyloe labels and the hand-picked selections on our English, Scottish and Irish pages we now also offer the whole catalogues of three other CD labels. Click on the links to see them:
Topic Records Catalogue
Fellside Records Catalogue
WildGoose Records Catalogue
Watch this space there will be more to come!
It's been a slow start to the year as far as new releases are concerned, but keep watching this page as we are just about to announce a massive increase in the number of CDs that will be available from us.
What we have had to do this year is comply to a new international initiative called PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards). The aim is to ensure that all companies who take credit /debit cards on the internet us a computer that can not be compromised by a hacker who is looking for card details.
Our PC has now been remotely scanned by Security Metrics and has been found to have no security vulnerabilities. Scanning will now be carried out regularly to ensure that we continue to be compliant.
Back in stock is one of our most popular (double) CDs.
VTD145CD A Shropshire Lad - Fred Jordan
Our Christmas /Winter offer is here again. Have look at our offers page and pick up some free CDs !
- and don't forget the Copper Family's Christmas CD, which missed last year's festive season but is certainly in time for this year's!
CSCD4 Coppers at Christmas
This was Bob's last recording with all the current singing Coppers and the CD also includes an archive track of Jim and Ron Copper.
- also while tidying our stockroom we found a box of Songs Sung in Suffolk books. They have slightly marked covers but are actually in very good condition. We have certainly seen and bought books in much worse condition from book shops. We only have 40 copies up for grabs so it is first come first served! At a knock down price of course.
A new release of singing from Ireland plus two new concertina albums
CRCD04 Down From Your Pulpits, Down From Your Thrones!
Jerry O’Reilly sings songs he’s picked all over Ireland during over fifty years of singing and he has gathered together singing associates including Niamh Parsons, Maire Ni Chroinin, Jim McFarland, Tom Creen as the Goilin and accompanists Con ‘Fada’ O’Drisceoil (accordion), Aogan O’ Loinsigh (concertina) and Pat ‘Herring’ Ahern (guitar).
FSCD80 English International
After the success of ‘Anglo International’ last year Roots records have now produced a triple CD set featuring players of the English concertina.
FRRR 12 Masters of the Concertina
This is the welcome re-release of two concertina LPs on one budget CD.
Originally on the Free Reed label and featuring Gordon Cutty on ‘A Grand
Old Fashioned Dance’ and Tommy Williams on ‘Springtime in Battersea’. The
new CD includes bonus interview tracks.
Two new releases from Ireland and two from Scotland
CNF005 Nil gar ann!
One of the finest donegal fiddlers Frank Cassidy recorded between 1946 and 1967, including duets with the great John Doherty.
Music From The Reeds
Multiple All Ireland Champion Noel Battle plays a wide variety of tunes on, the often neglected instrument in Irish music, the mouthorgan
SDP09 King of the Button Box - Volume Two
A second double CD of the master of the button box Jimmy Shand with recordings made between 1935 and 1951.
CD AH006 Nick Nack on the Waa
A forth volume of songs from the annual Fife Traditional Singing Weekend including, Elizabeth Stewart, Duncan Williamson and Jock Duncan.
After a quiet period for Veteran releases we have two new exiting releases.
The first features two of the finest traditional singers to have come out of Sussex, mother and son Mabs and Gordon Hall - VT115CD As I went down to Horsham. This new production includes 12 unreleased tracks and some tracks which been released before on cassette, plus a 24 page booklet which contains much previously unknown biographical information and many unpublished photographs.
A must for anyone interested in traditional English singing.
Second comes a re-release on CD of the seminal album of 'Melodeon players from East Anglia' which was previously only available on double cassette with the catalogue number VTVS05/06.
The new double CD version is VTDC11CD The Pigeon on the Gate and includes 111 tracks plus a 24 page booklet with photographs and biographies of the musicians. There has been much demand for this album to be released on CD.
Hot news this month is that Kyloe Records are now under our wing and are now exclusively distributed by Veteran. If you've missed this excellent set of releases from Northumberland and Scotland then it it is time for you to discover them.
Have a look at the Kyloe Catalogue page
Recently added to our catalogue are CDs of two very different squeeze box players from England.
WGS351CD One Man Hand
Norfolk's Tony Hall with his our brand of melodeon playing and comic songs.
CDMM001 Out of the Box
and fine anglo concertina playing from Sussex's Will Duke
and two releases of traditional singing from Ireland.
CFTS001 Cascades of Song
The Clare Festival of Traditional Singing took place in Ennistymon from 1990 to 2002. Tom Munnelly, who passed away last year, recorded each of these festivals and this CD features some of the fine singers who took part between 1991 and 1999,
FRRR 08 Ballads and Songs of the north of Ireland
Re-release of two classic 1975 Free Reed LPs on one CD. Featuring Eddie Butcher and Joe Holmes & Len Graham
Four new releases from Ireland
PPCD004 Songs of Irish Travellers
Originally released in 1983 on cassette. It was always a popular album when we stocked it then and it is good see it available again on CD with large informative booklet.
BADVD01 Irish Traditional Step Dances
A new DVD from Michael and Celine Tubridy which teaches the intricacies of old time step dancing, with music provided by Michael's superb flute playing.
CCF38CD Tulla Ceili Band - 60th Anniversary Collection
The seminal Clare band celebrate 60 years of playing some of the best ceili music around.
BallinamereCD01 The Ballinamere Céili Band
Archive recordings of the Co. Offally band which was formed in 1947. The band
played live on Céili House for 10 years in the 50’s and had a huge influence
over traditional music all over Ireland.
Two new CDs from the Copper Family
CSCD4 Coppers at Christmas
The Copper Family celebrate Christmas. Although it missed last years festive season it is certainly ready for this years, and for Copper Family fans it is essential listing at any time of the year. Includes an archive track of Jim and Ron Copper.
CSCD5 Passing Out
The Young Coppers' first album, 'Passing Out' heralds the beginning of the next generation of the Copper Family. This is their long awaited debut CD and it certainly come up to expectations. Available from 25th February - Order now!
To start the new year we have two new DVDs from Ireland.
The first celebrates the 10th series of the classic Irish television programme.
RTEDVD113 Come West Along the Road Volume 2 features more well known and not so well known luminaries from the Irish traditional music world including; The Dubliners, Paul Brady, Planxty, Mary Brogan, Kevin Burke, Peader O'Loughlin & Paddy Murphy, Triona Ni Dhomhnail & Liam Rowsome, Joe Burke & Paddy Glackin, Bobby Gardiner, Seamus Ennis and the Bridge and Kilfenora Ceili Bands.
While second is comes from Cairdeas na bhFidiléirí (friendship or association of fiddle players). CNFDVD001 The Couple Dances of Donegal shows couple and house dances from all over Donegal. Each dance is demonstrated and background information is proved via interviews with dancers and musicians who include the Campbells, Danny Meehan, Ciaran ó Maonaigh and Aidan O Donnell.
Here is the tune book that many have been waiting for!
ENB29 Before the night was out ...
Traditional polkas waltzes, hornpipes, schottisches and jigs from Suffolk and Norfolk transcribed from recordings of more than 20 different melodeon, fiddle & dulcimer players. Plus biographies, photographs and contextual information about traditional music in East Anglian.
Offers! Offers! Offers!
Our Christmas offer is here again and also if you missed the deadline for our late summer offer we have extended it into the winter so there are now three different deals available to you now!
Have a look at our offers page.
A rake of new titles have hit our shelves this month.
From England two books and a CDR collection:
ENB27 Willaim Winter's Quantocks Tune Book
A great tune book containing 376 tunes selected from the manuscript of Somerset fiddle player William Winter, (1774-1861). The accompanying CD contains a selection 32 tunes, played by Rob Harbron (concertina), Miranda Rutter and Nancy Kerr (fiddles), with Tim van Eyken (melodeon).
MTCD345-7 Down by the Riverside
3-CDR set of songs, ballads and tunes from Gloucestershire Gypsy family the Brazils.
From Scotland two new CDS
CD AH005 The Last of the Clydesdales
84 year old Gordon Easton is from the Blackhills of Tyrie near Fraserburgh, where his family has crofted for generations. He learned many of his old songs from his mother and grandmother and is well-known for his fiddle, jew’s harp and ‘moothie’ playing, not to mention his considerable skills as a ‘diddler’.
CD AH004 Some Rants o Fun
The third collection of Old Songs and Bothy Ballads recorded the annual Fife Traditional Singing Weekend
And for Irish music lovers three astounding new releases
BH003CD The Spirit of West Clare - Bobby Casey
One of the greatest fiddle players to come out of Ireland, Bobby Casey (1926-2000) was born near the Crosses of Annagh, Co. Clare. He moving to London in 1952 and exerted enormous influence on London's traditional Irish music scene. In the late 60s Bobby featured on the seminal album ‘Paddy in the Smoke’ and the music on this new CD was recorded at around the same time.
CNF004 Tradititional Fiddle Music from Donegal - Con Cassidy
More great Donegal fiddle playing in the Cairdeas series. This time from one of the finest players from that county, Con Cassidy.
AnClar 06 The Clare Set
The new definitive 6-CD archive of Concertina Traditions of Co Clare recorded in the 1970s including: The Russell Family, Bernard O'Sullivan & Tommy McMahon, Chris Droney, John Kelly amongst others.
New items in our catalogue.
Two new books. One with a double CD. Plus a re-stocked CD at a lower price.
ENB25 Marrow Bones - The long-awaited new edition of Marrow Bones! Marrow Bones was originally published in 1965 and edited by Frank Purslow, Marrow Bones played a crucial role in the burgeoning folk song revival of the 1960s, providing young singers with a whole new repertoire. Out of print for many years, Marrow Bones has been completely revised by Malcolm Douglas and Steve Gardham, with new and extensive notes on the songs.
Hardcore English (book) - This inspired collection of 300 tunes gives an
overview of our current understanding of English traditional dance music. This
book includes booklists of re-published musicians manuscripts, important
compilations of English traditional music. Fascinating studies of English
traditional musicians, how folk music varies regionally and an up-to-date guide
to the enormous resources, including thousands of tunes now available on the
EFDSSCD13 Hardcore English (CD) - The double CD with the same title, also compiled by Barry Callaghan, contains thirty-two tracks of tunes played by many of the leading ceilidh bands, including The Old Swan Band, The Bismarcks, The Old Hat Dance Band, Geckoes, Florida and Pete Coe.
EFDSSCD02 A Century of Song 'A celebration of traditional singers since 1898'. This classic CD is now back in stock at the new lower price of £10.99.
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Just released a new CD from Veteran!
Here is our first release of 2007: VT155CD Norfolk Bred featuring the Norfolk horseman Ray Hubbard. It is a CD of comic songs and stories, plus tunes, songs and recitations Ray has gathered during over fifty years of playing and singing. Ray was born into a musical family and at the age of 74, his particular style of traditional entertainment is still in great demand.
Happy Easter to you all, and to help you enjoy the weekend even more, we are offering 5% discount on all orders made over this weekend.
Just make your order now and the discount will be deducted.
This offer finishes on Tuesday 10th April
We've not come across many new releases recently but here's a couple of new Scottish ones and and an Irish re-release which puts the first DVD into out catalogue
CD AH003 For Friendship and for Harmony
A second volume of songs from the annual gathering - the Fife Traditional Singing Weekend. Singers include Joe Aitken, Norman Kennedy, Sheila Stewart, Louis Killen, Stanley Robertson and Elizabeth Stewart.
SDP03 King of the Button Box
A double CDR (for the price of one) of the legendary box player Jimmy Shand recorded when he was at the height of his fame between1945 and 1956.
RTEDVD99 Come West Along the Road
2 hours 20mins of traditional music from the archives of RTE now on DVD. Including Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford, Darach Ó Catháin, Liam O’Flynn, Planxty, Tulla Ceili Band, Paul Brady, The Dubliners and Joe Cooley to name but a few.
IRB2 The Spoon Murder and other mysteries
Wonderful witty songs written by Con Ó Drisceoil from Cork. He is also of course the great box player who leads the Four Star Trio.
Many of these songs have now been absorbed into the Irish tradition. The package includes a hard-back book and a CD of Con singing the songs. Highly recommended!
ENB24 Traveller's Joy
Songs of English and Scottish Travellers and Gypsies
A superb new book compiled by Mike Yates with musical transcriptions by Elaine Bradtke and editorial assistance by David Atkinson and Malcolm Taylor. Including a CD of Mike Yates recordings.
EICD003 Rum Scum Scoosh! - Stanley Robertson.
A new double CD from Aberdeen University of the Scottish singer and story-teller.
MTCD339-0 A Story to Tell - Field recordings made in Suffolk by Keith Summers between 1972 and 1979 with no duplication between the veteran release VT154CD Good Hearted Fellows.
Great news for our overseas customers. Our shopping cart now adds on the overseas post for you, so there is now no need to follow links to find what to pay.
Just put in your country when asked and the postage to anywhere in the world will be added automatically.
Our Christmas offer is here again and this year there are two different deals!
Have a look at our offers page.
Also a new release of Scottish traditional singing. MTCD335-6 In memory of Lizzie Higgins
Two new releases one form England and one from Scotland and an important re-release from Ireland
SAPCD0061 Rum and Raspberry Retired Northamptonshire farmer Jeff Wesley sings some fine songs on his new CD
Kyloe110 Hamish Henderson Collects Volume 2. Another excellent CD of recording from the School of Scottish Studies archive made in the 1950s.
CC4CD Once I Loved. This is an important CD re-release as it the only album Sarah & Rita Keane currently available from two really great singers
Here's a release from last year that escaped our attention but is now in stock.
FSCD70 Anglo International is a three CD set featuring the best anglo concertina players around like John Kirkpatrick, Roger Digby, Will Duke and Roger Edwards from England. Noel Hill and Mary MacNamara from Ireland plus some archive tracks including Scan Tester and Fred Kilroy.
New from Devon comes a CD for fans of English traditional dance bands.
CDMM001 'The Pixies Strike Again' features a selection of 17 tracks of very danceable music played by the current line-up of the Dartmoor Pixie Band.
Just released yet another great new CD from Veteran!
VT154CD ‘Good Hearted Fellows’ Traditional folk songs, music hall songs and tunes from Suffolk. Recorded 1971 - 1977 by Keith Summers. Ballads and comic songs from Ted Laurence, Jimmy Knights, Alec Bloomfield, Fred Whiting, Billy List, Ted Cobbin, Fred List, Jumbo Brightwell, Geoff Ling, George Ling, Charlie Whiting and Dinks Cooper. Fiddle tunes from Fred Went, Fred Whiting and Harkie Nesling. Melodeon and mouthorgan tunes from Fred List, Dolly Curtis, Font Whatling and Albert Smith. Plus stepdancing and dancing doll from Charlie Whiting and Cecil Fisk.
32 tracks (20 which have never been released before) and a 36 page booklet.
No news for a couple of months then (just like buses!) lots come at once.
First off two new releases on Veteran.
Viv Legg is the sister of Vic Legg (see VT129CD), niece of Betsy and Charlotte Renals and daughter of Sophie Legg (see VT119CD). Sophie has been living with Viv for some time now and she has encouraged her to learn some of the family songs that have never been recorded before. Viv is a great singer and is carrying on this strong family gypsy singing tradition. Her new CD is VT153CD Romany Roots. follow the link to find out more!
Second up is volume two of our 'Market day' CDs. Another great value CD with 28 tracks of English traditional singers from our back cassette catalogue including: Jeff Wesley, Frank Hinchliffe, George Fradley, Lucy Woodhall, Bob Lewis, Francis Shergold, Walter Pardon, Will Noble, Ted Chaplin, George Withers, Ivor Hill, Johnny Doughty, George Townsend, Freda Palmer, Charlie Bridger, Charlie Hancy, Walt Stevens, The Cantwell family and Ray Hartland. Follow VTC7CD to find out what they sing:
and new from Scotland
Legacy02CD The Very Best of Will Starr 25 tracks of the legendary button box player 1945-1951.
Three Melodeons and a Piano Good old-fashioned melodeon playing!
Legacy10CD The Best Bothy Album Ever! Compilation of Bothy songs from some of
the finest singers
Elgin01 Champions of Champions An album of Bothy songs to Celebrate 21 years of the Elgin Festival.
Two new CDs from Ireland.
PPCD002 Keepers of the Flame - Travellers and fellow Travellers. Produced for the twentieth anniversary of the travellers’ organization Pavee Point, this CD is a celebration of the music of Ireland’s travellers. Travellers featured include Felix Doran, Finbar Furey, John Doherty, John Rooney, Pecker Dunne, Mickey Dunne, Christy Dunne, and Paddy Keenan.
No Cat No They'll be Good Yet Old fashioned Clare music played as it should be played by Kitty Hayes (concertina) & Peter Laban (Uilleann pipes in C)
and one from Scotland.
CD AH002 Here's a Health to the Company - Fife Traditional Singing Weekend - Live festival recordings including: Gordon Easton, Duncan Willimason, Stanley Robertson, Sheila Stewart, Elizabeth Stewart and Roisin White.
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