LOCAL CULTURE ON CD
A discography of music and humour
from the North-East of England


This listing was originally posted in the uk.local.geordie newsgroup, but has now become too large to post there as it has increased substantially in size.

For the benefit of those that might want to listen to a bit of local culture, I've put together a list of some of the traditional music and humour which has come from this region over the years and which has been available recently. A few of the CDs have been deleted (though you might come across them on Shields' flea market or somewhere similar), but most should be available to order from any decent record shop. J.G. Windows does a mail order service which could be useful for those in distant parts.

I don't pretend this is anything like complete - please suggest other CDs (maybe we'll eventually come up with a definitive list), but it's a start. There are also titles available on cassette (and over the years there's been plenty on vinyl), but I've only covered CD releases in this list. The main labels which seem to do Geordie material are Mawson & Wareham (originally based in Morpeth, but recently relocated to Wideopen - distributed by J.G. Windows in Newcastle), and the folk labels Fellside (from Cumbria) and Topic.

If you don't fancy risking any money on something you're not sure you're going to like, why not try your local library. We've got many of the CDs mentioned below at Sight & Sound in South Shields Central Library, and I'm sure you should find some of them in most of the main libraries on Tyneside.

There are probably a wide range of opinions on what does constitute Geordie music, and I agree I'm probably being pretty conservative in mainly concentrating on artists who perform the kind of songs included in standard works such as Catcheside-Warrington's 4 volumes of Tyneside Songs (published by J.G. Windows) or Bruce & Stokoe's 'Northumbrian Minstrelsy', or who use a similar traditional style. Although many of the songs are traditional Northumbrian, the performance can have quite a different style - singers such as Thomas Allen and Sheila Armstrong have excellent local credentials (coming from Seaham and Ashington respectively), but they make 'Blaydon Races' sound like an aria from an opera.

I have generally avoided music from more rock-based styles, although the North-East has made excellent contributions in this area - the list would be just too long to compile. Anyone interested in what has come out of the region over the past 35 years should check out the likes of The Animals, Sting, Bryan Ferry, Mark Knopfler, Jimmy Nail, Martin Stephenson, John Miles and of course Lindisfarne (this list could go on for ever).

A few years down the line maybe Lindisfarne singing about the 'Fog on the Tyne', or Jimmy Nail and his 'Big River' will have become the kind of traditional songs which everyone is singing ( - no sooner had I written this when Bob Fox e-mailed me that he had just recorded a cover version of 'Big River'!).


LOCAL SINGERS & SONGS


Thomas Allen & Sheila Armstrong - Songs Of Northumbria
     Mawson & Wareham, MWMCD SP 9
Tracklisting: Footy Again' The Wall / Blow The Wind Southerly / Ca' Hawkie Through The Watter / Of All The Youths / O' I Hae Seen The Roses Blaw / Elsie Marley / Bobby Shaftoe / The Willow Tree, Or Rue And Thyme / Ma Bonny Lad / Sair Fyel'd Hinnie / The Shoemaker / Green Bushes / De'il Stick The Minister / Do-Li-A / Gan To The Kye Wi' Me / Newcastle Overture (Orchestral)/Come Ye Not From Newcastle / Dance Ti' Thy Daddy / O' The Bonny Fisher Lad / Show Me The Way To Wallington / Wor Geordie's Lost His Penka / Doon The Waggon Way / Bonny At Morn / Billy Boy / Blaydon Races




Thomas Allen & Sheila Armstrong - Songs Of Northumbria Volume 2
     Mawson & Wareham, MWMCD SP 12
Tracklisting: The Cullercoats Fish Lass / Buy Broom Buzzems / Whittingham Fair / The Cliffs Of Old Tynemouth / The Colliers Rant / Trimdon Grange Explosion / Water Of Tyne / Blow The Wind I-ho / My Miner Lad / Cushie Butterfield / The Keel Row / Madam I Will Buy You / Children's Song / Rap Her To Bank / It Was One Summer Morn / The Oak And The Ash / The Hexhamshire Lass / Lavender's Blue / Cat Gut Jim / The Sangate Lass's / Lament / Ee Aye, Aw Cud Yew / The Tyne Exile's Lament / The Poacher's Call / Died Of Love / Jowl, Jowl / The Row Between The Cages / The Coal Owner And The Pitman's Wife / The Lambton Worm




Blue Moon Band - The Border Directors
     Laidley Worm - WORM 004
Tracklisting: Cuckold Come Out Of The Amrey / Miss Hannah Ormston / Morpeth Rant, Dinnington Rant, XYZ / Planxty Pringle / At Home Wad I Be / My Love Is But A Lassie Yet, Lamshaw's Fancy, Nancy / Elizabeth's Waltz / Bonny Tweedside / Captain Bover / Lashley's Favourite, Me Mother's Jigg / The Gentleman / Katie Elliott's Jig, Bellingham Boat, The Wandering Willick / Lindisfarne / Corbridge Bonny Lad / Bigg Market Lasses / St Cuthbert Crossing The Rhine, Corbridge Lass, The Swing Bridge Rant, Yeavering Bell




Owen Brannigan - Sings Scottish & Newcastle
     Mawson & Wareham, MWMCD SP 22
Tracklisting: Scottish & Newcastle Brown Ale Commercial / Bobby Shaftoe / O The Bonny Fisher Lad / The Water Of Tyne / Billy Boy / Dance To Thee Daddy / Maa Bonny Lad / Doon The Wagon Way / Footy Against The Wall / The Shoemaker / The Keelrow / Lavender's Blue / Ca' Hawkie Through The Watter / The Arethusa / Gan Ti' The Kie Wi' Me / The Plough Boy / Come Ye Not From Newcastle / Buy Broom Buzzems / Whittingham Fair / The Laidley Worm O' Spindeston Heugh / Elsie Marley / Sair Fyel'd, Hinnie / Scottish & Newcastle Commercials / The Owl Is Abroad / The Cheshire Souling Song / Doctor Foster / O' The Airts / Oh Dear Minnie / Going Westward / (Tracks sung by Graham Danby) Cushy Butterfield / Hexhamshire Lass / Collier's Rant / Blaydon Races




Busker - Pure Geordie
     Brown Dog, CAN CD1
Tracklisting: Home Newcastle, London Money, Talkin' Like This, Buildin' Site, Wor Lass, Northumbria, Debt, River Tyne, Brown Dog, Rockin' When The Boat Comes In




Graeme Danby - Sings Stories From The North East
     Mawson & Wareham, MWMCD SP 29
Tracklisting: Blow The Man Down / The Hexhamshire Lass / The Old Fisher's Invitation / Is There Owt Secure? / Somebody's Stole Me Bottle / A Pitman's Courtship / Sawdust Jack / The Banks Of The Dee / The Yorkshire Volunteer's Farewell To Stockton / Broom Green Broom / The Bold Miner / The Frolicsome Women Of Sunderland / Aad Stokesley Town / The Hedger / Lament For The Widow / Nitty Nora / The Picnic Day / The Ship Is All Laden / The Tanfield Lea Silver Model Band




Billy Fane - Billy Fane's Geordie Party
     Mawson & Wareham, MWMCD SP 13
Tracklisting: Wherever You Gan Your Sure To Find A Geordie / The Blaydon Races / The Keel Row / Dance To Yer Daddy / Heart Of My Heart / Silver Dollar / Barefoot Days / The Neighbours Doon Below / Buy Broom Buzzems / Billy Boy / Wor Geordie's Lost His Penker / The Bonnie Pit Laddie / Clap Your Hands For Daddie / Little Chance / Elsie Marley / Simply The Best / The Jarrow Song / If Your Proud To Be A Geordie / Friday Neet / Fog On The Tyne / Cullercoats Fish Lass / The Waters Of The Tyne / Bobby Shaftoe / Blow The Wind Southerly / Drunken Sailor / My Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean / The Mermaid / Holy Ground / Wild Rover / Sailing / Keep Yer Feet Still Geordie Hinny / Sally Gee / The Lambton Worm / Wor Nanny's A Mazer / Show Me The Way To Go Home / Pack Up Your Troubles / It's A Long Way To Tipperary / Auld Lang Syne




Billy Fane - Geordie's Hear / From Quay To Coast
    Mawson & Wareham, MWMCD SP 25
Tracklisting: The Blaydon Races / Shields Lass For Me / Cushie Butterfield / Wor Nanny's A Mazer / Keep Your Feet Still Geordie Hinny / Canny Aud Christmas / The Neighbours Doon Balaa / The Fishermen Hung The Monkey / Martha's Lament / Dance To Your Daddy / The Sandgate Lasses Lament / The Mermaid / Waters Of Tyne / Bobby Shaftoe / Sally Gee (The Lass Doon The Quay) / The Fraserborough Lifeboat / The Keelrow / Winkle Pickin' Willie / Shoals Of Herring / The Fitter's Tale / Fiddler's Green




Bob Fox - Dreams Never Leave You
     Woodworm, WRCD 035
Tracklisting: The Road To The North / The White Cockade / Champion At Keeping Them Rolling / Water Of Tyne / Big River / In The Month Of January / Greek Lightning / From Me To You / The Rambling Rover / From Clare To Here / Take Her In Your Arms / The Galway Shawl




Bob Fox & Benny Graham - How Are You Off For Coals
     Fellside, FECD 111
Tracklisting: Celebrated Working Man / Oakey's Strike Evictions / Funny Names At Tanfield Pit / South Medomsley Strike / I Wish Pay Friday Wad Come / The Old Miner / Trimdon Grange Explosion / Geordie Black / Have A Game For The Crack / Little Chance / Wor Nanny's A Maizor / Going To The Mine / The Big Hewer / When It's Ours / Blackleg Mining Man / Farewell Johnny Miner / The Miner's Lifeguard




Bob Fox & Stu Luckley - Box Of Gold
     Fellside, FECD 124
Tracklisting: The Bonny Gateshead Lass / The Two Magicians / Heart Like A Wheel / Bold Reynard The Fox / The Shores Of Old Blighty / Doodle Let Me Go / Isle Of Islay / The Row Between The Cages / Sally Wheatley / Dollia / The Begging / The Song Of The Iron Road / North Sea Holes / The Fishing / Sally Gee




Alex Glasgow - Songs Of Alex Glasgow 1 & 2
     Mawson & Wareham, MWMCD SP 14
Tracklisting: Close The Coalhouse Door / Standing At The Door / The Socialist ABC / Twenty Long Weeks / Little Cloth Cap / As Soon As This Pub Closes / The Tyne Slides By (Paradise Flats / Jack And Jill / A Proper Man / Saturday Afternoon / All In A Day / Granda') / Turning The Clock Back / Maggie Gee / Lovely Little Lucy /My Daddy Is A Left-Wing Intellectual / The Mary Baker City Mix / Sexpertise / Nigel / The Candidate / Mary Jane Beware / Time Enough Tomorrow / Liverpool Lad / Sammy Bell / Dorothy / Aubrey St John / Keep Your 'And On Your 'A'Penny / The Harlequin / The Englishman / How Different From The Home Life Of Our Own Dear Queen




Alex Glasgow - Now & Then: Tyneside Songs Old & New / Songs of Vol 3
     Mawson & Wareham, MWMCD SP 21
Tracklisting: Dance Ti Thi Daddy / My Dad / Ma Bonny Lad / When It's Ours / Sally Wheatley / Geordie Broon / Keep Your Feet Still, Geordie Hinny / Geordie The Professional / The Sunsets' Bonny Lad / Water Of Tyne / Any Minute Now / Wor Nanny's A Mazer / And I Shall Cry Again / Cushie Butterfield / In My Town / O'Dear, What Munn Aa Dee / My Love And I / Little Tommy Yesterday / My Little Johnny-O / The Escalator / Festival Time / The Doctor Doesn't Come / Eyes / A Wild Utopian Dream / The Junior Reporter / Mummy Says / Xanadu / Master Henderson / A Million Miles Away




High Level Ranters - Bonnie Pit Laddie: A Miner's Life In Music And Song
     Topic, TSCD 486
Tracklisting: The Hewer / Doon The Wagon Way / A Miner's Life / I Wish Pay Friday Wad Come / The Auchengeich Disaster / The Collier's Rant / Farewell To The Monty / The Putter / Little Chance / My Gaffer's Bait / The Coal Owner And The Pitman's Wife / The Blackleg Miners / The Miner's Lockout / The South Medomsley Strike / The Durham Lockout / Aa'm Glad The Strike's Done / The Collier's Pay Week / Cut And Dry Dolly / Success To The Coal Trade / My Lad Is O'er Bonny For The Coal Trade / I'll Have A Collier / The Stoneman's Song / The Hartley Calamity / Bonnie Woodha / The Banks Of The Dee / The Bonny Pit Laddie / The Bonny Pit Laddie




High Level Ranters - Northumberland Forever
     Topic, TSCD 483
Tracklisting: Show's The Way To Wallington / The Peacock Followed The Hen / The Sandgate Girl's Lament / Elsie Marley / The Bellingham Boat / Lambskinnet / Adam Buckham / Meggy's Foot / The Lads Of North Tyne / The Redesdale Hornpipe / The Hexhamshire Lass / The Breakdown / Blanchland Races / The Lads Of Alnwick / Lamshaw's Fancy / Byker Hill / Whinham's Reel / Nancy / Because He Was A Bonny Lad / Salmon Tails Up The Water / Sweet Hesleyside / Dance To Your Daddy / Billy Boy / Nae Guid Luck Aboot This Hoose / Mi' Laddie Sits Ower Late Up / The Keel Row / Kafoozalum / The Washing Day




Louis Killen & Johnny Handle - Along The Coaly Tyne
     Topic, TSCD 498
Tracklisting: Anti Gallican Privateer / Collier's Rant / Up The Raw / Farewell To The Monty / Blackleg Miner / Collier Lad / Dollia / Waggoner / Derwentwater's Farewell / Stottin' Doon The Waall / Keep Your Feet Still Geordie Hinny / Stoneman's Song / Aw Wish Pay Friday Was Come / Durham Big Meetin' Day / Trimdon Grange Explosion / Putter / sair Fyeld Hinny / Dance To Yer Daddy / Lass Doon On The Quay / Kielder Hunt / Elsie Marley / Stanley Market




Jez Lowe - Back Shift
     Fellside, FE 089CD
Tracklisting: Back In Durham Gaol / Brockie Lads / Galloways / Black Diamonds / Bergen / Sedgefield Fair / Old Durham Road / Chick Henderson's March / Japs And English / Old Bones / Cursed Be The Caller / High Part Of The Town / Grey Cock / Old Durham Waltz / Shippersea Bay / Ballad Of Johnny Collier / Honest Working Way




Jez Lowe - Bad Penny
     Fellside, FE 070CD
Tracklisting: Another Man's Wife / Small Coal Song / Midnight Mail / Dandelion Clocks / Land Of The Living / Nearer To Netties / Father Mallory's Dance / Yankee Boots / New Town Incident




Jez Lowe - Banners: Music For East Durham
     Easington Borough Council
Tracklisting: Banners Gathering / Slogans Of Labour / Home Fires / As We Speak Weave And Worry / Standard Of St George / Big Meeting Day / Gresford - The Miner's Hymn / An Everlasting Drum / The Long Walk Home / Ready For Tomorrow / An East Durham Dawn




Jez Lowe - Bede Weeps
     Fellside, FE 094CD
Tracklisting: Call For The North Country / There Coal Town Days / Kid Canute / Scotty Moore's Reel / Just Like Moses / She'll Always Be Freedom / Greek Lightning / Dover / Delaware / Teardrop Twostep / Too Up And Too Down / Bulldog Breed / Last Of The Widows / Mike Neville Said It / Bede Weeps




Jez Lowe - Briefly On The Street
     Fellside, FECD 79
Tracklisting: You Can't Take It With You / Famous Working Man / One Man Bound / Old Hammer-Head / Boonas / Soda Man / Davis And Golightly / Jordan / The Begging Bowl / Alice / Fun Without Fools / Swiss Reel / New Moon's Arms




Jez Lowe - Galloways / Jez Lowe
     Musica Pangaea, MP 10006CD
Tracklisting: Back In Durham Gaol / Galloway Lad / Gatineau Girls / Boys Of Belly Row / Northern Echoes / Galloways / Old Bones / Shippersea Bay / Honest Working Way / Chick Henderson's March / Sedgefield Fair / Roxburgh Castle / Pit Boy / Will's Lyke Wake / Dark Shores / Johnny Seddon / Beaumont's Light House




Jez Lowe - Honesty Box
     Tantobie, TRCD 102 Tracklisting: Skin Too Thin / The Ballad Of Tasker Jack / I Saw Hands / In My Trade / Armstrong's Army / Madison / Latchkey Lover / Mother's Day / Fancy Goods / Matchboxes / The Big Fear / Long Iron




Jez Lowe - Live At The Davy Lamp
     Tantobie, TRCD 100 Tracklisting: Another Man's Wife / The Soda Man / Black Diamonds / Galloways / Sweep Horizons Clean / The Guilts / The Military Road / Just Like Moses / High Part Of The Town / The New Moon's Arms / Tom Tom / Old Bones / Kid Canute, Scotty Moore's Reel / London Danny / Greek Lightning / Weave And Worry / Big Meeting Day / Last Of The Widows / Back In Durham Gaol / These Coal Town Days / You Can't Take It With You / The Bergen




Jez Lowe - The Old Durham Road
     Fellside, FECD 34 Tracklisting: Old Durham Road / Hard Life / Cursed Be The Caller / My Keel Lad / Mary Martindale / Annie Monroe / High Part Of The Town / I'll Never Get Home / Foggy Banks / Black Diamonds / Old Durham Road / Time For Leaving / Poor Old Wedgebury / Fill The Tankard / Head Of Wear Water / Pretty Saro / Wheel Of Fortune




Jez Lowe - Parish Notices
     Green Linnet, GLCD 1192
Tracklisting: Glad Rags Again / Tom-Tom / Propping / Sod All / Spitting Cousins / Spares Or Repair / Limping Drinker's Polka / Go Away Joe / Had Away Gan On / Parish Notices / Idle Time / If I Had Another Penny




Jez Lowe - Tenterhooks
     Green Linnet, GLCD 1161
Tracklisting: Sons Of The Century / Sweep Horizons Clean / The Crake In The Morning / The Guilts / Alibi Child / Song Of The Indian Lass / Workhouse / Aloysius / Dry Season Land / Bait Up / Tenterhooks / Homefires / Felton Lonnen / Here's The Tender Coming




Jez Lowe & Jake Walton - Two A Roue
     Tantobie, TRCD 101
Tracklisting: Patrick's Song, Dance / Brockie Lads / Todd's Dance, Monferinna / Trees / Japs And English / Reign Of The Fair Maid / Galician Dances / The Bergen / Rothbury Races, Morpeth Lasses / Gold And Silver / The Ballad Of Johnny Collier / Over Seal Sands / Appleby Gallop / The Spinning Of The Wheel




The Lucky Bags - Delight In Disorder
     Fellside, FECD 138
Tracklisting: Fine Horseman / Something For The Weekend Sir / Leather Winged Bat / Military Road / Maybe / Space Between / Widow's Waltz / Whittingham Fair / Besom Maker / No Goodbyes / Flatworld / Blue Bleezin' Blind Drunk / Fond As A Besom / May Morning / The Late Lamented Gray Art Gallery Conservatory Jig




The Lucky Bags - Food For Thought
     Fellside, FECD 112
Tracklisting: Come Home Safely To Me / Callum's / Cried You A Waterfall / Joan's Jig / Spey Of Inverness / Cotton Mill Girls / Songdance / Calliope House / Bonny At Morn / Reeling Me In / Howlin' At The Moon / Elsey's Waltz / Random Jig / Dimming Of The Day




Pete Scott - The Day Of Life: The Songs Of Joe Wilson
     Mawson & Wareham, MWMCD SP 26
Tracklisting: Hannah's Black Eye / The Chap That Knaas Nowt / The Day Of Life / Jimmy's Gettin' Wark / What A Fool I've Been / Mally Dunn / Affected Bella / The Uncertain Lass / Mally Didn't Come / Keep It Dark / Charley's Across The Sea / Sally Wheatley / Readin' Owld Letters / The Fight




Mike Tickell - Warksburn
     Black Crow, CROCD 229
Tracklisting: Bonnie North Tyne / Feckless Willie / Rennie's Song / The Auld Fisher's Farewell To The Coquet / At The End Of The Day / I Hae Seen The Roses Blaw / Brundeanlaws / Wild Hills Of Wannie / A Jacobite's Exile (1746) / Willie's Away Tae Jeddart / The Kielder Hunt / My Bonnie Moorland Home / Wark Song




Ushna - Twice Brewed
     Fellside, FECD 132
Tracklisting: Puffing Billy / Felton Lonnen / Joe's Garden / William Jobling / Twice Brewed / Buy Broom Besoms / Water Of Tyne / Blaydon Flays / Dol-li-a / Bonny At Morn / The Tramp / Elsie Marley / My Northumberland




Denis Weatherley - Denis Weatherley
     Mawson & Wareham, MWMCD SP 27
Tracklisting: The Fiery Clock Fyece / Click 'Em And Catch 'Em / The Caller / Keep Your Feet Still / Cushie Butterfield / The Wolf / Geordie Haad The Bairn / Here's To You John Brown / Home Brewed Brown Bread / The Weshin Day / The Bonny Gateshead Lass / The Gallowgate Lad / The Cockfight / Down In A Coalmine / Footy Agin The Wall / The Row Upon The Stairs




Various Artists - The Iron Muse: A Panorama Of Industrial Folk Music
     Topic, TSCD 465
Tracklisting: High Level Ranters - Sandgate Girl's Lament / High Level Ranters - Elsie Marley / High Level Ranters - Doon The Waggonway / Tom Gilfellon - Miner's Life / Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger - Coal-Owner And The Pitman's Wife / Louis Killen - Trimdon Grange Explosion / Louis Killen - Blackleg Miner / Dick Gaughan & Alistair Anderson - Auchengeich Disaster / Ed Pickford - Ee Aye, Aa Cud Hew / Maureen Craik - Durham Lockout / High Level Ranters - A'am Glad The Strike's Done / Celebrated Working Man's Band - Weaver's March / Ray Fisher - Spinner's Song / Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger - Oh, Dear Me / Anne Briggs - Doffin Mistress / Dave Brooks - Little Piecer / Harry Boardman - Hand Loom Weaver's Lament / Ray Fisher - Dundee Lassie / Oldham Tinkers - Success To The Weavers / Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger - Fourpence A Day / Louis Killen - Up The Raw / Bob Davenport - Row Between The Cages / Louis Killen & Colin Ross - Aw Wish Pay Friday Would Come / Louis Killen & Colin Ross - Keep Your Feet Still Geordie Hinny / Louis Killen - Farewell To The Monty
[Obviously not all of this music is from the North East, but since over half of it is, it certainly deserves to be in this list]




Various Artists - John Grundy's Northumberland
     Beautiful North, BNCD 001
Tracklisting: Chris Ormeston - Spirit Of The Border / Blue Moon - Morpeth Rant, Dinnington Rant, XYZ / Ushna - Twice Brewed, Blawearie, The Windy Way / Morpeth Deanery Choir - Howay Christian Soldiers / Kim Bibby-Wilson - St Cuthbert's Day / John Wright - Lock The Door Lariston / Mike Tickell - The Battle Of Otterburn / Chris Ormeston - Lads Of Alnwick / Chris Ormeston - Wallington Hall / The Bev Sanders Band - A Dream Of Steam And Freedom / Wercasfolk - Bonnie Pit Laddie / Ellington Colliery Band - My Bonnie Lad / The Border Country Dance Band - Ian's Fancy, Jeab;s Reel, Mickey Ainsworth / Johnny Handle - I Drew My Ship Into A Harbour / The Shepherds - The Little Burnt Tattie, Spootiskerry / Hannah Hutton - The Cheviot Hills
[In addition this album includes commentary and interviews by John Grundy]




Various Artists - The Northumbria Anthology
     Mawson & Wareham, MWMNA 1
Tracklisting: The High Level Ranters - Yer Gannin To Be A Keelman / Bob Fox - Bonny Gateshead Lass / Judy Dinning - The Snow It Melts The Soonest / Bob Fox - The Ballad Of Jack Crawford / Judy Dinning - Guard Yer Man Weel / Bob Fox And Benny Graham - The Row In The Gutter / Judy Dinning - Felton Lonnen / Judy Dinning - Ah, You, Me Hinny Burd / Mo Scott - Still I Love Him / Ray Stubbs - Tally I O The Grinder, JJ's Reel / Mary Thomson - Charley's Across The Sea / Graeme Danby - Aad Stokesley Toon / Graeme Danby - Lament For The Widow / Johnny Handle - The Bobby Cure / Graeme Danby - The Ship Is All Laden / Graeme Danby - Tanfield Lea Silver Band / Johnny Handle - The Neighbours Doon Belaa / Valerie Reid - The Floo'rs Of The Forest / Mike Elliott - Banks Of The Dee / Graeme Danby - Blow The Man Down




Various Artists - Tommy Armstrong Of Tyneside
     Topic, TSCD 484
Tracklisting: Tom Gilfellon & Louis Killen - Durham Gaol / Louis Killen - The Row Between The Cages / Tom Gilfellon - The Birth Of The Lad / Louis Killen - Marla Hill Ducks / Tom Gilfellon - Oakey's Keeker / Maureen Craik - The Durham Lockout / Tom Gilfellon - Wor Nanny's A Maizor / Tom Gilfellon - The Oakey Strike Evictions / Louis Killen - The Sheel Raw Flood / Johnny Handle - The Hedgehog Pie / Louis Killen - The Ghost That Haunted Bunty / Johnny Handle & Tom Gilfellon - The Skuil Board Man / Maureen Craik - The Trimdon Grange Explosion / Johnny Handle - The South Medomsley Strike




Various Artists - Wor Nanny's A Mazer: Early Recordings Of Artists From The North East 1904-1933
     Phonograph, PHCD2K1
Tracklisting: C. Ernest Catcheside Warrington - Wor Nanny's A Mazer / J.C. Scatter - Blaydon Races / Harton Colliery Band - Alpine Echoes / Jamieson Dodds - Geordie Haad The Bairn / C. Ernest Catcheside Warrington - Cushy Butterfield / Harry Nelson - Hi, Canny Man / Jamieson Dodds - The Neibors Doon Belaa / J.C. Scatter - Tyneside Policeman / C. Ernest Catcheside Warrington - The Cliffs Of Old Tynemouth / Harry Nelson - Our Jemmie (with patter) / Jas. Brown - Johnson and High Level Hornpipe / Dewey Gibson - Keep Your Feet Still Geordie Hinny / C. Ernest Catcheside Warrington - Last Night / Ernest J. Potts - Adam Buckam O!, Wrap Up / Jimmy James - Whistling Geordie / Anthony Charlton - The Keel Row, Felton Lonnin, Hexham Races (Northumbrian Smallpipes) / Albert Burdon & Company - Albert Before The Means Test Committee Parts 1 & 2





INSTRUMENTAL


Okay, so there are a few tracks on these albums which are sung, but on the whole they're made up of instrumentals, in most cases played by fiddles and Northumbrian pipes.

Alistair Anderson - The Grand Chain
     Black Crow, CROCD 216
Tracklisting: The Glakey Hornpipe, Peter's Peerie Boat, Young Scotty / Ten Years On / Frank Bishop's Farewell, The Swallow's Tail / Lady Walpole's Reel, The Trip To Rousay, The Trip To Durham / When Winds Begin To Sing / Robertson's Reel, The Great North Run, The Grand Chain / Spalpeen Aroon / On Windy Gyle / The Tailor's Revenge




Pauline Cato - The Wansbeck Piper
     Cato, PCCD 01
Tracklisting: Calliope House / Tripping Upstairs / Captain Ross / Cuckold Come Out Of The Amrey / Piper's Weird / Carrick Hornpipe / Happy Hours / Lament For Ian Dickson / Acrobat / Wild Hills O' Wannies / Town Green Polka / Bluebell Polka / Exhibition / The Hawk / Neil Gow's Lament For The Death Of His Second Wife / Rowley Burn / Remember Me / Lady's Well / Random / Wallington Hall / Locomotive / Moving Cloud / New High Level (Whinham) / Mason's Apron




Pauline Cato & Tom McConville - By Land And Sea
     Tomcat, TCCD 01
Tracklisting: The New High Level, Mr Kennedy North, La Grande Chaine / The Death Of Blind Willie, Billy Johnson's Jig / Ashokan Farewell / The Acrobat, Frenchie's Reel, Errol Mitten's Reel / Border Spirit, The Left Handed Fiddler, The Right Handed Piper / Beeswing / The Duke Of Fife's Welcome To Deeside, Escape From Bodmin Jail, Jean's Reel / Coaly Tyne / The Locomotive, The Hawk, The Quayside / Herr Roloff's Farewell / Here's The Tender Coming, The Hawk Polka




Pauline Cato & Tom McConville - Changing Tides
     Cato, PCCD 02
Tracklisting: Go To Berwick Johnny / High Road To Linton / Omnibus / Beeswing / Gypsy's Lullaby / Billy Pigg's Hornpipe / Gardebylaten / Rejnlaender / Trettondagsmarschen / Keel Row / South Shore / De'il Amang The Tailors / Hector The Hero / Iron Man / Willafjord / Miss McLeods / Sleep Soond In Da Mornin' / Ned Of The Hill / I'll Get Wedded In My Auld Claes / Coffee Bridge / Golden Eagle / Alexander's Hornpipe / Roslin Castle / Jump At The Sun / Forth Bridge / Easy Club Reel / Peacock Follows The Hen / (Another) Peacock Follows The Hen / Peacock's Revenge




Pauline Cato & Tom McConville - The Surprise
     Tomcat - TCCD 02
Tracklisting: Jessie's Polka / The Mystic Policeman (The Journeyman Tailor) / The Auld Wheel, Miss Thornton's Reel, Rolling In The Rye Grass / The Glen Aln, The Champion / Azalea / Hadrian's Wall, The Helicopter Jig, Holey Ha'penny / Little Jenny, The Surprise / Catgut Jim The Fiddler / Will Atkinson's Sunglasses, St Joseph's Reel / Archie's Fancy / The City Of Savannah, The South Shore / The Fisher's Farewell To The Coquet / Sir Sidney's March And Variations / Jessie Smith, Daley's Reel




The Cut And Dry Band - The Wind In The Reeds
     Topic, TSCD 529
Tracklisting: All Night I Lay With Jockey, The Peacock Followed The Hen / Jacky Layton / Green Breckons, Bob And Joan, Kiss Her Under The Coverlet / Cuckold Came Out Of The Amrey / Cuddy Clawed Her / Holme's Fancy, Stagshaw Bank Fair, Lasses Pass The Brandy / Cut And Dry Dolly / Over The Border / Pheasant's Dance, Rusty Gully / Keelman Over The Land / I Saw My Love Come Passing By Me / The Barrington Hornpipe, The Green Aln / The Wild Hills O'Wannies, The Swallow's Tail / Jim Hall's Fancy / Breamish, Random Jig / Archie's Fancy, Little Hennie / The Lea Rigges / Sir Sidney Smith's March / Mrs Elder / Nae Gud Luck Aboot The Hoose / Oh Dear What Can The Matter Be? / The East Neuk Of Fife / The Locomotive, The South Shore




Tom McConville - Cross The River
     Old Bridge, OBMCD 01
Tracklisting: Hurleys / Homes Of Donegal / Tone Rowe's / Smithy's Baccy Tin / Calliope House / How Can My Poor Heart / Frenchie's Reel / President Garfield's Reel / Johnny Miner / Gold Ring / Cross The River / Lark In The Morning / Goodnight Waltz / Overgate / Calum Donaldson / Mick Johnson's Parrot / Da Grocer / Wish The Wars Were All Over / Ben's Foot / Birmingham Fling




Tom McConville - Fiddler's Fancy: The Music Of James Hill
     Old Bridge, OBMCD 04
Tracklisting: Quayside / Champion Hornpipe / Cliff / Hill's No. 8 / Gateshead Hornpipe / Pear Tree / Cage / High Level Hornpipe / Flight Of Fancy / Hawk Polka / Barber's Pole / Beeswing / Lads Like Beer / Marquis Of Waterford / Hawk / Proudlock's Fancy / Fiddler's Fancy / Bottle Bank / Blaydon Flats / Earl Grey




Matt Seattle - Out Of The Flames
     Discipline Global Mobile, DGM 9907
Tracklisting: Little Wee Winking Thing / The Lad That Keeps The Cattle, Lads Of Duns / Lindisfarne / Rangers Frolick / Saw Ye Never A Bonny Lass / The Wood Of Fyvie, Such A Wife As Willy Had, Linkumdoddie, The Oyster Wife's Rant, Ratho Fair / The Fisherman's Daith / Dixon's Highland Laddie / The West Indian / An Thou Were My Ain Thing / The Raking Quality, The Lad With The Trousers On, Petticoats Loose, Up Stairs And To Bed, Four Bare Legs Together / Guidewife Of Peebles / Mock The Soldier's Lady / The New Way To Morpeth




Kathryn Tickell - Borderlands
     Black Crow, CROCD 210
Tracklisting: Mary The Maid / David's Hornpipe / Sidlaw Hills / Brafferton Village / Stellgreen / Loch Rannoch / Gypsy's Lullaby / Flowers Of The Forest / Alston Flower Show / Claudio's Polka / Tents Hornpipe / Walker / Lord Gordon's Reel / Robson / Roly Gentle / Troy's Wedding / Tartar Frigate / Wark Football Team




Kathryn Tickell - Common Ground
     Black Crow, CROCD 220
Tracklisting: Walsh's Hornpipe / Dorrington Lads / Richard Moscrop's Waltzes / Another Knight / Mrs Bolowski's / Neil Gow's Lament / Andrew Knight's Favourite / Shining Pool / Outclassed / Glen Aln / Bill Charlton's Fancy / Fenham / Catch A Penny Fox / Bowmont Water / Geoff Heslop's Reel / New Rigged Ship / Remember Me / Rafferty's Reel / Wild Hills O' Wannies




Kathryn Tickell - The Gathering
     Park, PRKCD 39
Tracklisting: Raincheck / Lads Of Alnwick / Sunderland Lasses / Peacock;s March / Redesdale / La Bettaille Dans Le Petit Arbre Acharavi Waltz / Gathering / Kate's House / Real Blues Reel / St Kilda Wedding Piotr / Green Brechans O'Branton / I Saw My Love / Tune For Matt Robson / Kathleen / Mr Nelson's Birthday Waltz




Kathryn Tickell - Ensemble Mystical
     Park, PRKCD 57
Tracklisting: Sevens / Day Dawn, Taladh Ar Slanair / Carols / Maisters / F/G Set / Corn Fiddler / Border Widow's Lament / First Of The Year / Burning Babe / Mitford / Corn Fiddler (poem)




Kathryn Tickell - The Kathryn Tickell Band
     Black Crow, CROCD 227
Tracklisting: Holey Ha'Penny / Tyne Bridge Hornpipe / Peacock Followed The Hen / Drop Dead Waltz / Franklin River Reel / Desperation / Nancy's Waltz / 200th Birthday Jig / Floating From Skerry / Dargai / Jockey Stays Long At The Fair / Otterburn




Kathryn Tickell - Northumberland Collection
     Park, PRKCD 42
Tracklisting: Rothbury Hills / Old Morpeth Rant / Morpeth Rant / Hesleyside Reel / Felton Lonnen / Whittingham Green Lane / Robin Spraggon's Old Grey Mare / Stagshaw Bank Fair / Shew's The Way To Wallington / Mike To Ride / Sir John Fenwick's The Flower Amang Them / Sir Sidney Smith's March / Lindisfarne / Bonny At Morn / Otterburn / Breamish / Warksburn / Elsey's Waltz / Sair Fyel's Hinny / Jocky Way Up In The Hayloft / Bellingham Boat / Northumberland Air / Farewell Regality




Kathryn Tickell - On Kielder Side
     Saydisc, CDSDL 343
Tracklisting: Joan's Jig / Cut The File / Sweet Hesleyside / Hesleyside Reel / Skate / Beeswing / Ronell's Reel / Bob Thompson's / Crooked Bawbee / J B Milne / Carrick Hornpipe / Peacock Followed The Hen / Da Slockit Light / Kielder Jock / Matt's / The Stage / Jean's Reel / Johnny Cope / Tipsy Sailor / Border Spirit / AB Hornpipe / Billy Pigg's Hornpipe




Various Artists - Northumberland Rant
     Smithsonian Folkways, SFW CD 40473
Tracklisting: Billy Pigg - Archie's Fancy, Holey Ha'Penny / Chris Ormston - Keening In The Wind, Alston Flower Show / High Level Ranters - La Russe, The Windshield's Hornpipe, Jane's Fancy, Da Road To Houll / Jack Armstrong - Rothbury Hills, Whittingham Green Lane, The Cott, Border Fray / Willie Taylor - Murray River Jig, Roland And Cynthia Taylor, Alistair J Sim / Anthony Robb - I Saw My Love Come Passing By Me / Willie Taylor, Joe Hutton & Will Atkinson - Dance De Chez Nous, Aunt Mary's Canadian, Neil Taylor's Jig / Pauline Cato - The Lady's Well, Random, The Cliff / Anthony Robb - Dargai / Billy Pigg - Skye Crofters / Wayne Robertson & Nigel Jelks - Torryburn Lasses, The Wandering Tinker, Marry Me Now, Mrs Webberburn, Randy Wives Of Greenlaw / Joe Hutton - Speed The Plough / Billy Pigg - There's Nae Giud Luck About The House, High Level Hornpipe / Willie Taylor - Robertson's Reel, The Grand Chain / Colin Ross - Jock Of Hazeldean, Gentle Maiden / Willie Taylor - The Pearl Wedding, Nancy Taylor's Reel / Anthony Robb - Lament For Ian Dickson / Jack Armstrong & The Barnstormers - Keel Row, Durham Rangers, Greencastle, Hesleyside Reel, Yanky Doodle / Chris Ormston - Miss Hannah Ormston, Katie Elliot's Jig / Kathryn Tickell - Mr Nelson's Birthday Waltz / Billy Pigg - Border Spirit




Various Artists - The Northumbrian Small Pipes
     Topic, TSCD 487
Tracklisting: Tom Clough - Keel Row / Diana Blackett-Ord - Westering Home / John Hepple - Whittingham Green Lane, Ward's Brae / Billy Pigg - Wild Hills O'Wannie / The High Level Ranters - King's Hall, Joan Of Carrick / Billy Pigg - Gypsy's Lullaby, The Hawk, Memories, Coates Hall / George Atkinson - Oh Dear What Can The Matter Be? / Joe Hutton - Sir Sidney Smith's March, Lovat Scouts, Roxburgh Castle, Bonny North Tyne, Alston Flower Show / The Cut And Dry Band - Sunderland Lasses, Lads Of Alnwick / The High Level Ranters - Fenwick Of Bywell / Joe Hutton - Barrington Hornpipe, Rowley Burn / The High Level Ranters - Proudlock's Hornpipe, Hesleyside Reel / Tom Clough - Ho'ley Ha'penny, Elsie Marley / The Cut And Dry Band - John Fenwick's The Flower Among Them / Colin Caisley & Forster Charlton - Salmon Tails Up The Water, The Herd On The Hill, Sweet Hesleyside / The High Level Ranters - Coilsfield House, Thom's March / Billy Pigg - Skye Crofters, The Swallow's Tail / The Cut And Dry Band - My Laddie Sit's O'er Late Up, Shew's The Way To Wallington, Drops Of Brandy / The High Level Ranters - The Surprise / The Cut And Dry Band - Bonny Woodside, Coffee Bridge, Dr Whittaker's Hornpipe, Nancy / The High Level Ranters - Hexham Quadrille, Kielder Fells




Various Artists - Spirit Of The Border
     Nimbus, NI 5615
Tracklisting: Chris Ormston - The Blackbird / Anthony Robb & Geoff Purvis - Whinham's Reel, Nancy / Richard Butler - Proudlock's Hornpipe, Rothbury Hills Hornpipe / Colin Ross, Chris Ormston & Adrian Schofield - Stool Of Repentance, Hexham Races / Adrian Schofield - An Cuilin (The Cooling) / Alan Jones & Ralph Thompson - Cuckold Come Out Of Amrey / Chris Ormston - The Bonnie Pit Laddie / Anthony Robb & Geoff Purvis - Madame Bonaparte / Richard Butler - Memories Of Wallington / Anthony Robb, Jamie Robb, Colin Ross & Adrian Schofield - Four Bare Legs Together, Kiss Her Under The Coverlet / Colin Ross & Chris Ormston - Spirit Of The Border / Geoff Purvis - Port Gan Ainm, Tobin's Favourite, Tell Her I Am / Anthony Robb & Geoff Purvis - Yellow Haired Laddie, Hesleyside Reel / Richard Butler - Salmon Tails Up The Water, Johnny Armstrong, Redesdale Hornpipe / Alan Jones & Ralph Thompson - Mrs Jamieson's Favourite / Adrian Schofield - Gillian's Apples, My Darling's Asleep, King Of The Pipers / Anthony Robb & Jamie Robb - Here's The Tender Coming, Go To Berwick Johnny / Richard Butler - Sir John Fenwick's The Flower Amang Them All / Colin Ross & Chris Ormston - The Willow Tree, Mr Kennedy North / Colin Ross, Chris Ormston & Adrian Schofield - Oyster Wife's Rant, Lads Of Alnwick





FOOTBALL


Football is a central part of North East life and culture, so it's only fair that I include some albums which reflect that. I know the Middlesbrough CD is a bit out of the region, but I've included it for completeness.

Toon Army Tunes: A Tribute To Newcastle United
     Cherry Red, CDGAFFER 3
Tracklisting: Busker - Black 'n' White / Harry Palmer - We Will Follow United / Busker - Home Newcastle / Harry Palmer - Never Been Defeated / Harry Palmer - Harry's Geordie Medley / Harry Palmer - Blaydon Races / Harry Palmer - Howay The Lads 93 / Harry Palmer - Toon Toon Army / Harry Palmer - Andy Cole Song / Newcastle United 1975/6 Squad & Bobby Webber - United, Newcastle United / Newcastle United 1975/6 Squad - A Thank You Message From The Team / The Barrie Brothers - Howay The Lads It's Newcastle United / Alex Glasgow - Saturday Afternoon / Wor' Kev - Don Juans / Kevin Keegan - Head Over Heels In Love / Kevin Keegan - Move On Down / Gazza & Lindisfarne - Fog On The Tyne / Gazza - Geordie Boys / Frank Robinson - Howay The Lads 94 / Harry Rodden - Santa Is A Geordie




Roker Roar
     Cherry Red, CDGAFFER 18
Tracklisting: Sunderland AFC & Bobby Knoxall - Sunderland All The Way / Ronnie Roker & The Black Cats - Gannin't Roker Park / Northeast - Ticket Fro The Game / Fine Art - Sunderland / New City Sound - Super Sunderland / Brian Rawlings Band - Z Cars / Lloyd Hulme & The Supporters Squad - Roker Roar / Charley Hurley - Charley Hurley Speaks / Simply Red & White - Daydream Believer / Sunderland AFC FA Cup Final Squad 1992 - Ain't No Stopping Us Now / Universal - Sunderland Forever / Shak Mad - Why Can't You Stay / Simply Red & White - Dicky Ord Song / SR6 - We're The Lads / ALS - Last Night At Roker / Red & White Santas - Twelve Days Of Sunderland / Alfie - I Left My Heart In Roker Park




Mackem Music
     Cherry Red, CDGAFFER 39
Tracklisting: Daneile Gatti & The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - Dance Of The Knights / Republica - Ready To Go / Simply Red & White - Daydream Believer / A Love Supreme - Niall Quinn's Disco Pants / Sunderland AFC Squad 1992 - Ain't No Stopping Us Now / Garry Rowell - I Scored The Winner At St. James' Park / Sunderland First Team Squad & Bobby Knoxall - Sunderland All The Way / Kinky - Black Cat Boogie / Younger Younger 28's - Superkev / Leatherface - I Can't Help Falling In Love With You / Comatose - Football Fanatic / Micawba - We're On Our Way / A Love Supreme - Music From The ALS Film / Marco Gabbiadini - I Scored The Winner At St. James' Park / Chris Walton - Wear 40,000 Strong / Dr Delta - Walk Into The Light / Alfie - I Left My Wife In The Stadium Of Light / A Love Supreme - The Last Roar At Roker / A Love Supreme - Niall Quinn's Disco Pants (Remix)




Up The Boro: 20 Boro Classics
     Cherry Red, CDGAFFER 23
Tracklisting: 1st Division - Up The Boro / Cyril Stapleton - The Power Game / Middlesbrough FC Featuring Bob Mortimer & Chris Rea - Let's Dance / New Ground Featuring Middlesbrough FC - We Are The Teeside / Middlesbrough FC - Men Of Iron / Red Sky - Come On Boro / The Ray Dales Hip Hop Band - W.E.M.B.L.E.Y. / Shrug - Mission From Todd / International Strikeforce - Bryan Robson's Red 'N' White Army / Shrug - Archie Stephen's Birthday Party / The Ray Dales Fine Band - Willie's Reggae / Mannion - Tranmere Rovers No More / The Riverside Ramblers - Old Ayresome / Mannion - Riverside Red / The Riverside Ramblers - Boro Shirt / Danny McCoy - We're Coming Through / Borozone - We're The Boro / Mannion - Juninho Jest / Bon Jordi - Boro's Going To Wembley / Brian Clough & Friends - It's Only A Game




HUMOUR


The Dixielanders - The Fabulous Dixielanders
     Mawson & Wareham, MWMCD SP24




Mike Neville & George House - Best of Larn Yersel Geordie & Geordierama
     Mawson & Wareham, MWMCD SP18
Tracklisting: Larn Yersel Geordie: The Geordie Language, Lesson 1 - The Geordie Vowels, Lesson 2 - Porcy's short, Lesson 3 - Divven't drop yor dottle, Lesson 4 - Wor lass - and a bit music, Lesson 5 - The Geordie 'R' / A trip to the Clerb / Florrie on the Forshore / High West Jesmond / Hawkses Men / Queen Victoria at the Clerb / Geordie Stephenson and the Tar Boiler / A day at the Geordie Games / Here is the News / Brush up your Geordie - Gizza, gorra, sarrona / The Verneable Bede and the travelling Dole
[Numerous other albums are available on cassette only]




Bobby Pattinson - The Godfather Of North East Comedy
     Mawson & Wareham, MWMCD SP28




Starturn - Maybe Definitely The Best Turn Album In The World Ever Ever!
     MCA, MCD 60029
Tracklisting: Are Your Affiliated / I Couldn't Sleep A Wink Last Night / Parklife / Roll With It / Bing "O" / Gangsta's Paradise / Throw Up To A Good Old Country Song / Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White / Brazil / Macarena / The Magic Indian / Pump Up The Bitter / Love Is All Around / Pink 154 / Killing An Arab / Killing Me Softly / Goodnight Vienna
[A stunningly accurate portrayal of the turns in a Working Mens Club - it even includes the bingo. Claims to have been recorded live at Whitley Bay Social Club. Absolutley hilarious especially Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio reworked as a Geordie rap]




Bobby Thompson - The Bobby Thompson Collection
     Mawson & Wareham, RUBCD 3238
Tracklisting: The Little Waster / The Army / The Laugh-In Part 1 / The Laugh-In Part 2 / Exclusive Archive Recordings
[This is a 3 CD set - The Little Waster and Bobby Thompson's Laugh-In are also available separately]






If you have any trouble tracking any of these albums down, try:
J.G. Windows
1-7 Central Arcade
Newcastle
NE1 5BP
     Phone: 0191-232 1356 (for most enquiries)
     0191-232 8765 (mail order department)
Or:
Roots Music
67 Westgate Road
Newcastle
NE1 1SG
     Phone: 0191- 230 2500
     E-mail: info@roots2music.com

Many of the titles can be ordered online from their record company websites. Northumberland County Council also run their Northumberland Traditional Music Shop online selling a range of CDs and Cassettes.

I'm sure there must be quite a number of CDs I've missed, and I'm bound to have put some discs in the wrong category (I haven't had chance to hear them all). Please e-mail me if you have any updates, corrections or comments, or post your information and views on music from this region to uk.local.geordie

If you want to know more about music from this region than just a list of albums and titles, take a look at Terry Birchmore's Northumbrian Traditional Music site, or Conrad Bladey's Beuk O' Newcassel Sangs: The Tradition of Northumbria.

If you're looking for other kinds of music, I've put together a links page for the best music web sites in a range of different genres. Check out my Internet Music Sites page.

Andy Williamson
Music Librarian, Borough Of South Tyneside




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