Recent CDs

A Distant Land to Roam

Anglo-American Songs and Tunes from Texas to Maine
Among these 25 songs and tunes that have gone across the seas, a distant land to roam, you will find some very recognisable versions.  Bradley Kincaid sings The Two Sisters and Fair Ellender and Lord Thomas, Bob Cranford sings Babes in the Wood, Bascom Lamar Lunsford sings The Derby Ram, and Emry Arthur sings Jack Hall.  Some are perhaps less easily recognisable and - downright extraordinarily - you'll hear The Southern Melody Boys with their version of Little Ball of Yarn and Blind Boy Fuller with Our Goodman or Seven Nights Drunk.
MTCD516   25 tracks, 78 minutes   £12.00

Robert Leng and Jossy 'Pop' Mainprize with Jim Eldon

Songs and Tales from Flamborough Head
In 1988, Jim Eldon was gathering material for a cassette album of East Yorkshire fireside tales, and a friend took him to Flamborough and introduced him to Robert Leng and Jossy 'Pop' Mainprize.  The few snippets of ditties that had been dotted among the stream of tales grew into a whole repertoire of songs as more were remembered.  Eventually a cassette of songs and one of tales were issued on Jim's Stick Records label.

The fishermen's tales and poaching yarns speak for themselves.  There is very little editing in the stories section of this collection.  One yarn would spark another and the titles and track separations are just there to help you navigate through them if you want to revisit a particular favourite.

MTCD203   25 tracks, 45 minutes   £10.00

Freda Palmer

Leafield Lass
Freda Palmer was born in, and lived most of her younger life in, Leafield, Oxfordshire.  Later, she mover to nearby Witney, where these recordings were made.  From the age of eleven, she was employed as a glover - making gloves, together with her mother at times, but mostly with her Aunt Annie, and it was from her that she learn most of her songs, as they sat across the table together, sewing their gloves.

It was only in her later years that she was encouraged to visit folk clubs and festivals as a performer.  But to have a repertoire of sixty or so songs, and to sing 35 of them off the cuff in one day when Alison McMorland visited her was quite an achievement.  And the account of her life found in these pages shows that she was an almost unbelievably hard-working woman.  The don't make 'em like Freda any more!

MTCD375-6    56 tracks, 132 minutes + 48 page integral booklet   £16.00

Vaughan Williams in Norfolk : Vol 2

The 1905-6 collections from the Broads and the South
This is Volume 2 of the Vaughan Williams in Norfolk CD-ROM (MTCD253), we published in 2014.  It covers the three Norfolk collecting trips Ralph Vaughan Williams made in April 1908, October 1910 and December 1911.  He met some 22 singers and collected 93 songs from them.  As before, they are presented in staff notation, with full texts, and with link to MIDI sound files of the tunes, and there's a very substantial page of information on the singers.
MTCD255     £12.00
List of Songs   

The Two Bobs' Worth

Bob Lewis & Bob Copper
The two Bobs were recorded at Nellie's folk club in Tonbridge, back in 1999, where they were performing together as The Two Bobs' Worth.  Given that they were recorded on a mini-disc machine, the recordings are excellent, and the singing is just glorious!

These were sung by Bob Lewis first, alternating with Bob Copper, and are presented in the order they occurred in performance, with no songs missed out.  This is an absolutely splendid record; Bob Copper accompanies himself on concertina for most of his songs, and I have never heard Bob Lewis in better voice.  MT Records' 10% Sales Royalties will go to support the Sussex Traditions organisation.

MTCD373 20 tracks, 80 minutes + 32 page integral booklet   £12.00

When Cecil left the Mountains

Historic recordings of Appalachian singers and musicians 1927 - 1955
Two volume set of ballads, songs and music from people, families and areas encountered by Cecil Sharp on his 1916-18 collecting trips to Appalachia, taken from both commercial and private recordings.
MTCD514-4  83 tracks, 149 minutes + 48 page booklet   £16.00


English Gypsy Musicians
Features fiddler Harry Lee - from whom only two tunes appeared on the LP Boscastle Breakdown.  here we present Harry's complete recorded repertoire of 18 tunes, here for the first time.  Also Vanslow Smith, a fiddler and box player with 11 tracks here.  Also 9 tracks from Lemmie Brazil (melodeon), plus one track each from: Jasper and Levi Smith (mouthorgan & tambourine); Jasper and Darby Smith (mouthorgan & guitar); Joe Dozer Smith (diddling); Mary Biddle (diddling); Walter Aldridge (mouthorgan); and John Locke (fiddle) playing his Hornpipe, from the cylinder recording!
MTCD373   45 tracks, 63 minutes + 32 page booklet   £12.00

Phoenix Dance Band

All Fired Up
Phoenix return with 43 more less-than-well-known tunes, forged into 15 new dance sets.
FBR 005   15 tracks, 58 minutes   £10.00

Edward II and the Red Hot Polkas

The Early Recordings 1985-86
All the early tracks from "the best little English dance band on the planet!"
MTCD405   22 tracks, 81 minutes   £10.00

I Wish There Was No Prisons

Various performers
Singers: Harry Upton, Johnny Doughty, George Spicer, Louise Fuller, George Attrill, Fred Jordan, William Harding, Bill Whiting, Percy Bridges, The Cantwell Family, Alice Green, Cyril Nunn, Freda Palmer, Son Townsend, Fred Welfare, Ruth & Clare Pinner.
MTCD372   31 tracks, 81 minutes + 28 page booklet   £12.00

Harry Upton

Why Can't it Always be Saturday?
Harry Upton was born in 1900 in Hove, Sussex.  His father, Frank, from whom he learned most of his songs, was a shepherd from West Blatchington.  Contains almost all of the songs he let Mike Yates record - including Canadee-I-O and The Wreck of the Northfleet.
MTCD371   22 tracks, 78 minutes + 24 page booklet   £12.00

Travellers' Songs from England and Scotland CD-ROM

Digital book with 155 embedded MP3 files, by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger
MacColl and Seegerís 1977 book was years ahead of its time in terms of its detailed consideration of all aspects of Gypsy and Traveller songs and culture in the UK.  The Introduction and Music Notes are hugely informative, as are the 12 pages on the 18 singers.  All the 131 songs (in 155 versions) are here as full length MP3 recordings, along with the original texts and staff notations.
MTCD254   £12.00

David Stacey

Good Luck to the Journeyman
David Stacey spent many years apple and hop picking in Kent.  There he met many Gypsies and Travellers, and was privy to many of their sing-songs, and learned a good number of their songs.  This is a most interesting and unusual CD.
MTCD360   24 tracks, 74 minutes + 24 page booklet   £12.00

Vaughan Williams in Norfolk CD-ROM

Digital book with 90 embedded midi files, by Alan Helsdon
Requires free Acrobat Reader.
TCD253   £12.00

Sam Larner

Cruising Round Yarmouth
The 1958/60 recordings by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger of this wonderful Norfolk singer - 65 songs and fragments, plus four spoken passages, give a great impression of Sam's life and times - pretty-well his complete recorded repertoire is here.
Winner of the 2014-16 Folklore Society Non-Print Media Award
MTCD369-0   67 tracks, 149 minutes + 48 page booklet   £16.00

I Pray You Pay Attention

Various performers
This may be seen as volumes 3 & 4 of The Hardy Sons of Dan (below).  Many of the same singers are here, plus a good number of others, giving a great selection of traditional songs, ditties, and hunting songs from around Lough Erne's shore.
MTCD367-8  50 tracks, 156 minutes + 48 page booklet   £16.00

Caroline Hughes

Sheep-Crook and Black Dog
This legendary Gypsy singer is thought by many to be the finest exponent of the art.  These are the rarely heard 1963 and 1966 recordings made by MacColl and Seeger, which we're proud to make widely available for the first time.
MTCD365-6  90 tracks, 142 minutes + 48 page booklet   £16.00

Cecilia Costello

"Old Fashioned Songs"
This great singer from Birmingham was just one generation away from rural Ireland, with a repertoire ranging from a never before collected English revenant ballad to the music-hall and pop songs of her youth, few of which have been previously released.
Winner of the 2012-14 Folklore Society Non-Print Media Award
MTCD363-4  89 tracks, 155 minutes + 44 page booklet   £16.00