Saturday, 21 November 2009

A Better Class of Folk (1975)

Various Artists: A Better Class of Folk (Lismore Recordings LILP 5022, 1975)

This was released on the back of a 1974 Scottish Television series of the same name, featuring a handful of Scots folk performers led by Irish playwright and singer Dominic Behan. Mike Whellans was briefly in the original Boys of the Lough line-up after recording and touring as a duet with Aly Bain. Allan Barty from Dundee played fiddle and mandolin and had featured in many folk groups since the 1960s. Later he had a radio programme in Germany. Iain Mackintosh first recorded with The Islanders in 1965, and subsequently went on to a successful solo career, alongside celebrated collaborations with Hamish Imlach and Brian McNeill. Billy Davidson from Shotts toured in the 70s and released an album in 1976, On the Road (Lismore LILP5039). The ensemble was joined by Margaret Henery, who played bass guitar.

01 Ensemble-If You Want to See the General (trad)
02 Billy Davidson-Shores of Sutherland (Jim MacLean)
03 Mike Whellans-The Wars o' Germany (trad)
04 Allan Barty-Aunque Me Des (trad)
05 Iain Mackintosh-The Glasgow I Used to Know (Jim MacLean)
06 Dominic Behan-Liverpool Lou (Behan)
07 Billy Davidson-The Scottish Sabbath (Jim MacLean)
08 Mike Whellans-The Ballad of Sam Stone (John Prine)
09 Allan Barty-Sunshine Hornpipe/Humours of Glendart (trad)
10 Iain Mackintosh-The Ballad of Joe Hill (Woody Guthrie)
11 Dominic Behan-Spanish Lady (trad)
12 Ensemble-The Good Ship Reuben Jones (Woody Guthrie)


Other albums featuring Allan Barty:

Other albums featuring Iain Mackintosh:

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