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Cyril Tawney 1930 -- 2005
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Live recordings needed -- see panel below.

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Cyril Tawney sang folk songs for a living longer than anyone else in Britain – 40+ years as a full-time professional.  Born into a lower-deck Royal Navy family, he joined as a 16 year-old and served in a variety of craft, but mainly submarines.  His role as a folk-singer evolved out of his activities as a scriptwriter and performer in Naval entertainments.   Having come to the attention of the BBC in 1957, two years later he became the only regular serviceman to have his own fully networked TV programme.  It was at this time that he decided to buy himself out of the Service and embark on a professional folk singing career – at first purely by means of radio and TV.  Apart from his own compositions, Cyril has specialised for the most part in English Folk Song, mainly South-Western and Maritime, and he played an important part in establishing the Folk revival in Devon and Cornwall. (Notes from 3rd Cheltenham Folk Festival Programme)

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CYRIL TAWNEY -- LIVE RECORDINGS NEEDED
A request from Rosemary Tawney.

Recordings of Cyril Tawney's concert and club appearances are needed for inclusion in his Archive, which will be held by the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library at the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London, and I wonder if any of your readers/listeners can help. I have already received several very useful items, but there are still some gaps to be filled, particularly by the many traditional songs in his repertoire which were not recorded commercially.

I'm also keen to have examples of his more quirky items, for my own pleasure and for the Archive - here are some examples to jog memories:

Music-hall songs - Married on Pension Day, With Me Little Bit Of Hair On The Top etc.

Popular songs - She Wears Red Feathers (yes, the Guy Mitchell hit), also the Andrews Sisters songs Her Bathing Suit Never Got Wet and Three Little Sisters.

Most of all in this category I would love to have a recording of Baltimore Oriole, a beautiful, bluesy Hoagy Carmichael song which Cyril rarely sang in public. Here's a reminder of the opening lines:

'Baltimore Oriole, took one look at that mercury, forty below, no life for a lady, to be draggin' her feathers around in the snow'

We have no recordings of the themed presentations which he occasionally gave at Festivals and Arts Centres: "Tawney in Depth", "Hands to Dance and Skylark" and "Royal Navy Humour". Does anyone have these, please?

Even if the songs you have are covered elsewhere, Cyril's introductions were very much a part of his performances and the live sessions will help to complete the record of his career.

Thank you very much

Rosemary Tawney   www.cyriltawney.co.uk

Contact details:   tawney3[[[at]]]tiscali.co.uk
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Albums
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OUTLANDISH KNIGHT 1969 Polydor 236577B LP
01  0000 Queen Jane
02  0000 The Three Sisters
03  0000 The Carpenters Wife
04  0000 Jacky My Son
05  0000 The Ragged Beggarman
06  0000 The Tasks
07  0000 Henry Martin
08  0000 The Shepherds Daughter
09  0000 The Three Knights
10  0000 The Outlandish Knight
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad
On The Outlandish Knight, Cyril sings what he considers to be "the cream of the great traditional ballads as they were sung in the South-West peninsula of England." He sings them completely unaccompanied because, he says, "that is the way they were sung by the illiterate or semi-literate moorfolk and countryfolk who gave them to Baring-Gould and his fellow-collectors, and because any claim that they were ever sung otherwise is pure speculation." Most of his versions come from the Baring-Gould Manuscript, and this LP was recorded in the Plymouth Central Library, where the manuscripts are housed. The sleeve contains brief notes for each song and an introductory essay.

Thanks to Erich in Austria for the scan of the LP cover front and rear. The cover notes can be read here.

By the way, Rockin' World values the LP at $150

 

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CHILDREN'S SONGS FROM DEVON AND CORNWALL 1969 ARGO ZFB4 LP






01   The Three Huntsmen
02   John Jago
03   Harvey Darvey
04   The Old Grey Duck
05   The Herring's Head
06   Old Daddy Fox
07   The Tree in the Valley
08   A Lying Tale
09   My Father Had a Horse
10   Carrion Crow
11   Cradle Song
12   The Snail
13   Jonathan, James and John
14   The Jolly Shilling
15   Tommy and the Apples
16   The Foolish Boy
17   The Cuckoo
18   Johnny Greyman and his Grey Mare
19   I Had a Little Cock
20   Jinny Jan
21   Three Scamping Rogues
22   There Was a Lady All Skin and Bone
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad :
Children's Songs From Devon and Cornwall features Cyril on voice, Tom Paley on guitar and Trevor Crozier on Jew's harp, mandolin and concertina. It has brief notes for each song.

 

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A MAYFLOWER GARLAND 1970 Argo ZFB 9 LP




01  0000 Outward Bound
02  0000 Rounding the Horn
03  0000 Farewell To Kingsbridge
04  0000 Truro Agricultural Show
05  0000 William Coombe Crantock Games
06  0000 Beacon Park
07  0000 A Cornish Young Man
08  0000 The Bellringing
09  0000 The Cruise of the Calabar
10  0000 Sir Francis Drake
11  0000 Second Class Citizen
12  0000 The Oggie Man
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad :
A project album. Songs collected by Cyril Tawney, with Tom Paley on guitar and banjo. The 12 songs are interspersed with readings from Plimouth Plantation by Gary Watson. The Mayflower sailed 350 years prior to the release of this record. Extensive sleeve notes.

 

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IN PORT 1972 Argo ZFB 28 LP




01  0000 Sally Free and Easy
02  0000 A Lean and Unwashed Tiffy
03  0000 The Ballad of Sammys Bar
04  0000 Stanley the Rat
05  0000 Diesel and Shale
06  0000 My Mother Came From Norway
07  0000 Six Feet of Mud
08  0000 In the Sidings
09  0000 Five Foot Flirt
10  0000 On A Monday Morning
11  0000 Nobby Hall
12  0000 Cheering the Queen
13  0000 New Names For Old
14  0000 Chicken On A Raft
15  0000 Grey Funnel Line
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad :
Songs written by Cyril Tawney, with Dennis McCallum on accordion on some tracks, and The Yetties on others. There are extensive sleeve notes.

 

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I WILL GIVE MY LOVE 1973 Argo ZFB 87 LP


01   'Twas on One April Morning
02   My Rose in June
03   Searching for Lambs
04   Must I Be Bound
05   The False Bride
06   Midsummer Carol
07   The Queen of Hearts
08   Nancy
09   I Will Give My Love an Apple
10   The Turtle Dove
11   The Cuckoo
13   One Night as I Lay on My Bed
14   The Sweet Streams of Nancy
15   Farewell She
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad :
I Will Give My Love is subtitled "Traditional Love Songs from South-West England." It features Cyril (voice, guitar) along with Bob Stewart (dulcimer), Dave Bland (concertina) and Doug Sherriff (melodeon). Although the sleeve has no notes about the songs, it does contain complete lyrics.

 

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DOWN AMONG THE BARLEY STRAW 1976 Trailer LER2095 LP




01  0000 Down Among the Barley Straw
02  0000 Rambleaway
03  0000 The Ragged Beggarman
04  0000 The Squire and the Fair Maid
05  0000 The Hostesss Daughter
06  0000 A Nutting We Will Go
07  0000 Bird in the Bush
08  0000 Strawberry Fair
09  0000 The Cottage On the Hill
10  0000 The Bold Dragoon
11  0000 The Bold Trooper
12  0000 The Miraculous Hen
13  0000 The Barley Rakings
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad :
This album is subtitled Seduction Songs from the Baring-Gould Manuscripts. For similar albums, see Rap-A-Tap-Tap and The Bird in the Bush.

 

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IN THE NAVAL SPIRIT 1989 NEPTUNE NEP000 Tape


01  0000 Thats What Its Like In The Navy
02  0000 I Was Walking Thro' the Dockyard In A Panic
03  0000 Twenty Third Flotilla Song
04  0000 Canteen Medley
05  0000 Youll Be Happy Little Sweetheart In The Spring
06  0000 Gosport Nancy
07  0000 Jenny Wren Bride
08  0000 A Matelot And A Pongo
09  0000 Stripy The Blondie
10  0000 An AA Gunner Lay Dying
11  0000 Corrosion Has Set In
12  0000 Waiting For The Day
13  0000 Mary Was A Three Badge Wren
14  0000 The A25 Song
15  0000 The Sinking Of HMS Hood
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad :
An album of Royal Navy songs taken from the book Grey Funnel Lines.

 

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ROUND THE BUOY 1989 NEPTUNE NE00 Tape


01  0000 Bell Bottom Trousers
02  0000 Shotley Stew
03  0000 Sailors Wives
04  0000 SBAs Song
05  0000 The Jervis Bay
06  0000 I Was Only Seventeen
07  0000 Submarine Medley
08  0000 Dockland Mateys Sons
09  0000 Sod Em All
10  0000 The Pilots Prayer
11  0000 Four Funnel Medley
12  0000 The Noble Eight Of December
13  0000 Onward Christian Sailors
14  0000 The Brothers St John
15  0000 Hospital Ship Song
16  0000 Russian Convoy Escorts Song
17  0000 The Stokers Lament
18  0000 The Raleigh Song
19  0000 Can A Dockyard Matey Run
20  0000 The Oggie Song
21  0000 The Matelots Prayer
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad :
A further helping of Royal Navy songs taken from the book Grey Funnel Lines.

 

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SALLY FREE AND EASY
NOW A CD "NAVY CUTS"
1989 NEPTUNE NEP002 Tape


01  0000 Cheering The Queen
02  0000 Sally Free And Easy
03  0000 Nobby Hall
04  0000 The Grey Funnel Line
05  0000 The Lean And Unwashed Tiffy
06  0000 Six Feed Of Mud
07  0000 Ballad Of Sammys Bar
08  0000 Diesel And Shale
09  0000 The Drunken Sailor
10  0000 The Suit Of Grey
11  0000 Chicken On A Raft
12  0000 The Oggie Man
13  0000 Stanley The Rat
14  0000 Reunion
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad :
The complete, definitive collection of Navy Songs penned by Cyril.

 

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SAILORS DELIGHT 1990 NEPTUNE NEP003 Tape


01  0000 New York Girls
02  0000 Venezuela
03  0000 Yarmouth Town
04  0000 Mary Ann
05  0000 Chinese Maidens Lament
06  0000 Lowlands Away
07  0000 Short Jacket And White Trousers
08  0000 Cruising Round Yarmouth
09  0000 Jack Tar On Shore
10  0000 Lord Franklin
11  0000 The Man At The Nore
12  0000 Cupids Garden
13  0000 Gosport Nancy
14  0000 The Sailor Cut Down In His Prime
15  0000 Maggie May
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad :
Songs about seafarers and the fairer sex.

 

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SEAMEN BOLD 1992 NEPTUNE NEP005 Tape




01  0000 The Noble Fleet Of Whalers
02  0000 Henry Martin
03  0000 Haul Boys Haul
04  0000 The Loss Of The Ramillies
05  0000 The Reuben James
06  0000 Rounding The Horn
07  0000 The Sinking Of HMS Hood
08  0000 Admiral Benbow
09  0000 Waiting For The Day
10  0000 The Loss Of The Titanic
11  0000 The Shannon And The Chesapeake
12  0000 Greenland Bound
13  0000 D Day Boating
14  0000 Polly On The Shore
15  0000 The Sinking Of The Graf Spee
16  0000 Roll Alabama Roll
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad :
Songs of voyages, battles and shipwrecks, Volume One.

 

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LITTLE BOY BILLIE 1992 NEPTUNE NEP006 Tape


01  0000 In Frisco Bay
02  0000 The Whaler
03  0000 The Candlelight Fisherman
04  0000 Little Boy Billie
05  0000 Hullabaloo Belay
06  0000 A Nautical Yarn
07  0000 The Merman
08  0000 Ive Been To France
09  0000 Jack Was Every Inch A Sailor
10  0000 Ben Backstay
11  0000 The Merry Golden Tree
12  0000 The Crocodile
13  0000 Stanley The Rat
14  0000 Windy Old Weather
15  0000 Cruise Of The Calabar
16  0000 The Sailors Alphabet
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad :
A collection of sea songs for children.

 

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DOWN THE HATCH 1994 NEPTUNE NGL101 Tape


01  0000 Early One Evening
02  0000 Bluey Brink
03  0000 Oh Good Ale
04  0000 A Pint Of Contraception
05  0000 Down Where The Drunkards Roll
06  0000 Sucking Cider Through A Straw
07  0000 As Soon As This Pub Closes
08  0000 On A Monday Morning
09  0000 All Through The Beer
10  0000 Three Drunken Maidens
11  0000 The Parting Glass
12  0000 The Old Pubs
13  0000 Sparrow In The Tree Top
14  0000 A Jug Of This
15  0000 Come To Australia
16  0000 Reunion
17  0000 I Mean To Get Jolly Well Drunk
18  0000 The Barley Mow
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad :
Songs about drink and drinkers.

 

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MAN OF HONOUR 1997 NEPTUNE NGL102 Tape


01  0000 Man Of Honour
02  0000 Five Foot Flirt
03  0000 In The Sidings
04  0000 Beacon Park
05  0000 On A Monday Morning
06  0000 There Are No Lights On Our Christmas Tree
07  0000 Bitter Sweet Bed
08  0000 Vanity
09  0000 Tamar Valley Requiem
10  0000 West Yorkshire Lullaby
11  0000 Plymouth Lament
12  0000 My Mother Came From Norway
13  0000 New Names For Old
14  0000 If We Did To Their Daughters
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad :
The complete, definitive collection of non-maritime songs penned by Cyril.

 

NAVY CUTS - - ADA 101CD


01  Chicken on a Raft
02  On a Monday Morning
03  Five Foot Flirt
04  The Suit of Grey
05  Lean and Unwashed Tiffy
06  Sally Free and Easy
07  Stanley the Rat
08  The Oggie Man
09  Nobby Hall
10  Sammy's Bar
11  Diesel and Shale
12  Six Feet of Mud
13  Grey Funnel Line
14  Cheering The Queen
Click song for more details — KEY : T = lyrics transcribed from album : C = Child ballad
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Nautical Tawney
The Songs Of The Old Seafarers
- - ADA 104CD


01  The Dark Eyed Sailor
02  Waiting For The Day
03  Short Jacket And White Trousers
04  Gosport Nancy
05  Rounding The Horn
06  Pull The String
07  The Sailor Cut Down In His Prime
08  The Maid On The Shore
09  New York Girls
10  The Fireship
11  Mary Ann
12  The Female Cabin Boy
13  Yarmouth Town
14  Fare Thee Well My Dearest Dear
Review from Traditional Music Maker ~ "Long awaited collection of Cyril's interpretations of material taken from the vast corpus of of sea songs..... Just listen to the infectious glee with which Cyril conveys the personality of of The Rambling Sailor, or the poignancy which he brings to Fare Thee Well My Dearest Dear, or the authority with which he invests the ballad of The Dark-Eyed Sailor."  More reviews on Cyril's official website.

Other appearances:

VOICES (CD) Fellside FECD87
The Broken Token, recorded Leeds 24.10.91
ROUND CAPE HORN Compilation Topic TSCD499 (various artists)
Track 10 : Roll Down
BLOW THE MAN DOWN Compilation Topic TSCD499 (various artists)
Track 4 : The Nightingale // Track 16 Cyril Tawney : One Morning in Spring
BABY LIE EASY 1962 HMV 7EG 8738 (an E.P.)
(thanks to Stephen Slack for this)
BETWEEN DECKS 1963 DTS LFX 1
(limited availability even in 1963)
(thanks to Wayland Workman for the listing :)
lean and unwashed tiffy / a ship came sailing / chicken on a raft / grey funnel line / the man at the nore / sally free and easy / stanlet the rat / pull the string / six feet of mud / the oggy mans no more / the sailor cut down in his prime / nobby hall / diesel and shale

Other unconfirmed sightings......

FAREWELL NANCY Re-issued on CD, Topic #????
I believe the Topic CD is not actually called Farewell Nancy
This may be a red herring. Cyril is not listed on the artist index at www.topicrecords.co.uk/acatalog/index2.html
efdss catalogue DTS1 late 1950s/1960??

Guide Cats for the Blind ~ a double CD sold to raise funds for The British Computer Association of the Blind (BCAB) in which Cyril performs two Les Barker parodies ~ "Lassie Free and Easy" and "Sammy's Bar Revisited".

BOOK

GREY FUNNEL LINES -- Traditional song and verse of the Royal Navy 1900-1970 published by Routledge and Kegan Paul 1987 and now only available from the address below. This is a book about the Senior Service and is full of yarns, photos and interesting background information, as well as being an authoritive and important review of the traditional song and verse of the Royal Navy.
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Cyril has his own Official Web Page now. Please refer to it for album availability and ordering details, and for extensive information on Cyril Tawney the singer, background info on the songs (and parodies!)

The Official Website is at www.cyriltawney.co.uk

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