Traveller's Joy-Mike Yeats

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Traveller’s Joy

Songs of English and Scottish Travellers and Gypsies

Traveller’s Joy is a celebration of the extraordinary and ultimately unique musical legacy of the Gypsies and Travellers of England and Scotland.

The eminent singers and folklorists Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger once wrote that ‘the travelling people have become the real custodians of English and Scots traditional song’. No wonder, then, that over the years folk song scholars and collectors have been fascinated by this rich heritage. Mike Yates is no exception and has met and recorded many fine singers from the travelling people of England and Scotland. Examples from their repertoires are presented here.

Traveller’s Joy is first and foremost a songbook – a collection of over fifty songs to be learned, sung, and enjoyed by the reader. It is not meant to be a scholarly dissertation, though the intention is to portray the singers and their music with honesty and sensitivity. To enhance and complement the texts and musical transcriptions, an accompanying twenty-track CD allows the reader to hear some of the performers themselves. In addition, there is an authoritative introductory essay by Mike Yates, along with biographical sketches of the singers, notes on the songs, photographs of the singers and of travelling life, and a bibliography and discography.

Includes a CD of songs including:

At the Atchin Tan – Mary Ann Haynes. Brighton, Sussex
The Broomdasher – Levi Smith. Epsom, Surrey, 1974
The Creel – Duncan Williamson. Ladybank, Fife, 2001
Bold Keeper – Harry Brazil. Gloucester, 1978
The Bonny Wee Irish Boy – Sheila MacGregor. Rattray, Perth, 2005
Barbara Allen – Debbie and Pennie Daves, Tewkesbury, Gloucesterhire, 1978
The Canty Auld Wife – Sheila MacGregor. Rattray, Perth, 2005
The Female Drummer – Mary Ann Haynes. Brighton, Sussex, 1972
The Cruel Grave – Duncan Williamson. Ladybank, Fife, 2001
Green Bushes – Phoebe Smith. Melton, Suffolk, 1975
The Oakham Poachers – Wiggy Smith. Gloucester, 1974
The Shamrock Shore – Mary Ann Haynes. Brighton, Sussex, 1972
The Donside Lover – Sheila MacGregor. Rattray, Perth, 2005
I’m a Girl Who’s Done Wrong – Mary Ann Haynes. Brighton, Sussex, 1975
The Laird o Drum – Duncan Williamson. Ladybank, Fife, 2001
The Lily-White Hand – Mary Ann Haynes. Brighton, Sussex, 1974
The Maid of Kilmore – Sheila MacGregor. Rattray, Perth, 2005
The Widow’s Moor (The Widow and the Devil) – Duncan Williamson. Ladybank, Fife, 2001
Sweet William – Phoebe Smith. Melton, Suffolk, 1976
Closing Our Camping Grounds Down – Written and sung by Duncan Williamson, Fife

Compiled by Mike Yates; musical transcriptions by Elaine Bradtke; editorial assistance by David Atkinson and Malcolm Taylor; audio recordings by Mike Yates.

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