CD Morris On [Dave Mattacks/John Kirkpatrick/Richard Thompson/Ashley Hutchings/Barry Dransfield] (CD 1267665),
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Morris On [Dave Mattacks/John Kirkpatrick/Richard Thompson/Ashley Hutchings/Barry Dransfield]

  • 1. Morris Call
    2. Greensleeves
    3. Nutting Girl, The
    4. Medley: Old Woman Tossed Up in a Blanket/Shepherds' Hey/Trunkles
    5. Staines Morris
    6. Medley: Lads A'Bunchum/Young Collins
    7. Vandals of Hammerwich
    8. Medley: Willow Tree/Bean Setting/Shooting
    9. I'll Go and 'List For a Sailor
    10. Princess Royal
    11. Cuckoo's Nest
    12. Morris Off
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): FLED3037

  • Credits

    Personnel: John Kirkpatrick (vocals, accordion, concertina, harmonium, tambourine); Shirley Collins (vocals); Barry Dransfield (vocals, fiddle, acoustic guitar); Richard Thompson (vocals, electric guitar); Bert Cleaver (pipes, tabor); Ray Worman (bacca pipes); Ashley Hutchings (vocals, bass); Dave Mattacks (drums, tambourine).
    Includes liner noted by Ashley Hutchings.
    A beautiful, authentically rustic album, without a trace of elegance, and hardly even an effort at smoothing over the rough spots. The music and the performances have a quiet power and dignity, and a raw, direct nature that is extremely appealing. The record opens up in haunting fashion with Barry Dransfield's fiddle on "Morris Call," and from there things get wilder and woollier, with some downright funny moments as well (check out the false opening on "Princess Royal"). Shirley Collins appears as a guest vocalist on "Staines Morris" and "The Willow Tree," and the Chingford Morrismen do stick dances on two tracks as well. John Kirkpatrick's accordion, concertina, and harmonium are the dominant accompanying instruments. None of this was a threat to Fairport or Steeleye Span's success, but all of it is valuable to fans of either band, and the album does have a raw energy that Fairport began losing after 1972 -- and "Cuckoo's Nest" alone is almost worth the price of the album, recalling the kind of funny, cheerfully lusty recordings of A.L. Lloyd and sparked by some of Richard Thompson's best playing from this period. Oh, and the compact disc has it all over the original British LP, all copies of which suffer from noisy pressings. [Originally released on LP in 1972, Morris On was reissued on a U.K. CD in 2003.] ~ Bruce Eder

  • Critic Reviews
    Mojo (Publisher) (6/01, p.152) - "...Beguiling performances...celebrating a bucolic English idyll of the mind....Best enjoyed pickled."
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