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Introduction:

I purchased the John Goodluck vinyl The Suffolk Miracle second-hand and unheard, because anyone who records Willie O Winesbury gets my vote.

In 1971 John toured the northern folk clubs with Roy Harris at Roy's request. Then, John turned professional folk singer, and with players from Ipswich traditional folk music club began a series of gigs. A recording contract followed, with Traditional Records and The Suffolk Miracle was cut, with Alan Walters playing concertina and Dave Pearce playing banjo and mandolin.

On the strength of this album, John was voted best male singer of the year by Eric Winter from new musical express. This was 18th January 1975

Monday's Childe was cut next, but was delayed and so occupies the third slot in the discography.

Joe Stead of Sweet Folk & Country records was responsible, not only for the release of Speed the Plough, but also for introducing Brian Dewhurst (guitar), Chris Parkinson (melodeon) and Hugh O'Donnell (fiddle) to John. It was the resultant happy sound which sowed the seeds of the group "Trunkles", formed in 1976.

Trunkles were to go on to be widely travelled - into European in fact, and with an assortment of jesters, jugglers, jousters, and a morris band. Although the line-up often changed (and it did at one time include a horse) the group were extremely popular wherever they performed. It included Len Davies, who played the electric bones at the grand age of 63.

Trunkles appearing with The Amazing Baldinies and escapeologist Rubin Smallpiece. New man Len Davies from Diss, an energetic, visual performer, will be playing the electric bones. As well their folk rock music, Trunkles double as a band of medieval troupers and in this latter capacity, they visit the south of France in August.

Quote from Evening Star Friday, June 17th 1983

Trunkles last came together again for a series of gigs in 1994 to 1997, including the British film premier of Macbeth in London and Stratford apon Avon, but, solo or with friends, John Goodluck still enthrals and entertains, wherever he may roam.

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Albums

no data T I T L E             DATE LABEL REFERENCE TYPE
THE SUFFOLK MIRACLE
with Roy Harris
1974 Tradition TSR 015 CD


01  0000 Murder of Maria Marten
02  0000 Bold Nelsons Praise
03  0000 The Lovers Ghost
04  0000 Robin Hood and the Fifteen Foresters
05  0000 We Poor Labouring Men
06  0000 My Lagan Love
07  0000 The Suffolk Miracle
08  0000 The Loyal Lovers
09  0000 Bonny Lassie
10  0000 Willie O Winsbury
11  0000 Windy Old Weather
12  0000 Little Ball of Yarn
 

 
no data T I T L E             DATE LABEL REFERENCE TYPE
SPEED THE PLOUGH 1975 Sweet Folk
& Country
SFA 047 CD


01  0000 The Crow Boy
02  0000 Jack The Sailor Lad
03  0000 Me And Me Dog
04  0000 The Smugglers Boy & Jimmy Allen
05  0000 Rufford Park Poachers
06  0000 Stormy Weather
07  0000 Cod Banging
08  0000 Greasy Cook
09  0000 Then Up Be Doing
10  0000 Candlelight Fishermen & Speed The Plough
11  0000 Firelock Style 
12  0000 The Battle Of Sole Bay
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no data T I T L E             DATE LABEL REFERENCE TYPE
MONDAY'S CHILDE 1977 Tradition TSR 028 CD





01  0000 Ye Mariners All
02  0000 The Country Carrier
03  0000 Poor Pat Must Emigrate
04  0000 The Seeds Of Love
05  0000 Hori Horo
06  0000 Seventeen Come Sunday
07  0000 Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy
08  0000 The Wreck Of The Ellen
09  0000 A Fair Maid Walking
10  0000 Reynardine
11  0000 The Cock
12  0000 The Trees They Do Grow High
13  0000 Monday Morning
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no data T I T L E             DATE LABEL REFERENCE TYPE
TRUNKLES 1978 Sweet Folk
& Country
SFA088 CD


01  0000 Trunkles Delight
02  0000 John Barleycorn
03  0000 The Innocent Hare
04  0000 Joseph Baker
05  0000 Rise Up Jock
06  0000 Benjamin Bowmaneer
07  0000 Pretty Maggie Morrisey
08  0000 Winster Gallop / Bobbie Shafto / Boscastle Breakdown 
09  0000 Australia
10  0000 Furzefield / Foxhunters Jig
11  0000 Broom Bessoms
12  0000 Balance The Straw / The Lollipop Man / Black Joe
-
 

 
no data T I T L E             DATE LABEL REFERENCE TYPE
FOLK AL PINT 1980 Radio Orwell ROLP002 LP
01  0000 Norwich Gaol
02  0000 Come By The Hills
03  0000 January Man
04  0000 Three Score And Ten
05  0000 Greensleeves
06  0000 Georgie
07  0000 Fare Thee Well
08  0000 Seeds Of Love
09  0000 Jack Barleycorn
10  0000 The Sale Of A Wife
11  0000 One Eyed Jack
12  0000 The Ploughman / La Rotta
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no data T I T L E             DATE LABEL REFERENCE TYPE
THE MILLENIUM COLLECTION
Compilation
1999 - - CD




01  0000 Benjamin Bowmaneer
02  0000 Hori Horo
03  0000 Furzefield
04  0000 Foxhunters Jig (instr)
05  0000 The Smugglers Boy; Jimmy Allen
06  0000 Candlelight Fisherman; Speed the Plough
07  0000 The Country Carrier
08  0000 The Ploughman; La Rotta
09  0000 Poor Pat Must Emigrate
10  0000 Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy
11  0000 Medley (instr)
12  0000 Rufford Park Poachers
13  0000 Australia
14  0000 Wreck of the Ellen
15  0000 Fare Thee Well
16  0000 Greensleeves (instr)
17  0000 Stickdance (instr)
I got these details from www.trunkles.co.uk but this URL now seems to be 'not found'. The album is not currently on the www.johngoodluck.webs.com site so I'm guessing it was a one-off compilation for the year 2000.

Other Appearances

  with various artists on The Shanty Men 1978 Greenwich Village GVR202

  with Don Shepherd on Adam's Ale 1978 Sweet Folk & Country - SFA093
John Goodluck provided backing on vocals, melodeon and flageolet.

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John has his own Official Web Page now. Please refer to it for album availability and ordering details.

The Official Website is at www.johngoodluck.webs.com

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