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Acclaimed solo singer and member of the Young Tradition, Peter Bellamy carried the banner of traditional singing very high indeed. Himself a traditionalist and perfectionist, he was ultimately dissatisfied with his ability to popularise of the people music. To put it bluntly he had wanted the Young Tradition to be as popular as The Rolling Stones. He made about 15 solo albums, and produced others (of which The Transports is the best known). To call his music simply folk doesn't do it justice. It was ballads, shanties, cowboy songs, hymns, blues and hollers and the occasional contemporary piece. But it all came to an abrupt end when, in a particularly dark trough of despair, he committed suicide. (September 1991). You can read his orbituary at the Dirty Linen site.

I like this quote from Martin Carthy, his friend and collaborator, taken from the 1992 notes on the CD re-issue of Both Sides Then.

I feel that the only person successfully to accompany Peter Bellamy was Peter Bellamy.  To do so, he hacked out a totally unique style on concertina and occasional guitar, that was a triumph.  Singing, however, remained his ruling passion, and his belief in the importance of improvisation led him, when in full flow, to flights that were truly awesome in their scope, daring and execution.

See also: Heather Wood's home page, which covers the Young Tradition, and yet more info is at Rykodisc's Hall of Records and at Camsco Artists

There used to be a general absence of material on The Net on Peter Bellamy, but thank to the Fol-De-Rol site a discography has been available on this site for some time. 

Now that a  Peter Bellamy Site  finally exists, this page is largely redundant. Check out the new site at http://www.bens.connectfree.co.uk/pb/FIRST.HTM

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Albums

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YOUNG TRADITION
in the group The Young Tradition
1966
1996
Trans-
atlantic
TRA 142
ESMCD409
LP and
CD


01    Byker Hill
02    Bold Fisherman
03    Betsy the Serving Maid
04    Henry the Poacher
05    Lyke Wake Dirge
06    Banks of Claudy
07    Innocent Hare
08    Dives and Lazarus
09    Derry Down Fair
10    Truth Sent From Above
11    Pretty Nancy of Yarmouth

 

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SO CHEERFULLY ROUND
in the group The Young Tradition
1967
1996
Trans-
atlantic
TRA 155
ESMCD409
LP and
CD


12    Daddy Fox
13    The Season Round
14    The Bold Dragoon
15    Watercress O
16    The Old Miser
17    The Foxhunt
18    Knight William
19    Single Mans Warning
20    Pretty Ploughboy
21    The Hungry Child
22    Whitsuntide Carol

 

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GALLERIES
in the group The Young Tradition
1968
1996
Trans-
atlantic
TRA 172
ESMCD461
LP and
CD








01    Ductia
02    The Barley Straw
03    What If A Day
04    The Loyal Lovers
05    Stones in My Passway
06    Idumea
07    The Hushbandman and the Serving Men
08    The Rolling of the Stones
09    The Bitter Withy
10    The Banks of the Nile
11    Wondrous Love
12    Mediaeval Mystery Tour
13    Upon A Bough
14    Ratcliff Highway
15    The Brisk Young Widow
16    The Pembroke Unique Ensemble
17    John Barleycorn
18    Agincourt Carol
19    Chicken On A Raft
20    Randy Dandy
21    Fire Maringo
22    Hanging Johnny
23    Bring Em Down
24    Haul On the Bowline
The original album Galleries was re-issued in vinyl as Galleries Revisited, then re-issued on a double CD with No Relation. No Relation is a 1977 recording by Heather Wood and Royston Wood : two-thirds of the Young Tradition. Although not mentioned in the credits for any particular song, Peter Bellamy was present at some of the recording sessions, as noted by Heather Wood in her 1996 inlay notes. Royston Wood was killed in a car crash, so Heather is the only surviving member of the Young Tradition.

The Galleries vinyls end with track 18, but the CD re-issue has tracks 19–24, the sea shanties from the 1967 Extended-Play vinyl Chicken on a Raft TRA EP164.

There is also a vinyl entitled The Young Tradition Sampler TRA SAM13 and this contains all the tracks from EP164, plus The Innocent Hare / The Whitsuntide Carol / Pretty Nancy of Yarmouth / The Banks of the Claudy / Byker Hill / Daddy Fox / The Fox Hunt / The Lyke wake Dirge.

 

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MAINLY NORFOLK 1968 Xtra XTRA1060 LP
01   The German Musicianer  
02   Geordie  
03   Lovely Joan  
04   The 14th of February  
05   The Shooting Of His Dear  
06   The Saucy Sailor  
07   Yarmouth Town  
08   Just As The Tide Was A Flowing  
09   The Lofty Tall Ship  
10   Butter And Cheese And All  
11   The Turtle Dove  

 

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FAIR ENGLAND'S SHORE
Second Solo Album
1968 Xtra 1075 LP
01   Young Roger Esq  
02   Fanny Blair  
03   The Long Pegging Awl  
04   The Good Luck Ship  
05   The Green Bed  
06   All Around My Hat  
07   The Dockyard Gate  
08   The Prentice Boy  
09   The Dogger Bank  
10   The Dark Eyed Sailor  
11   You Gentlemen of England  
12   Jolly Roving Tar  

 

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THE FOX JUMPS OVER
THE PARSON'S GATE
1969 Topic 12T200 LP


01   The Spotted Cow
02   Two pretty Boys
03   The female Drummer
04   Saint Stephen
05   The Little Black Horse -or- The Penny Wager
06   Here's adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy
07   The Ghost Song
08   The Carnal and the Crane
09   The Barley And The Rye  
10   The Turkish Lady
11   Warlike Seamen
12   Blackberry Fold
13   The Rigs of London Town
14   The Fox Jumps Over The Parson's Gate  
The Barley And The Rye and The Fox Jumps Over The Parson's Gate are on the now-deleted sampler album ENGLISH GARLAND, Topic TPSS221 1972

 

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OAK, ASH AND THORN 1970 Argo ZFB 11 LP
01   Frankie's Trade  
02   Poor Honest Men  
03   Cold Iron  
04   Sir Richard's Song  
05   The Looking Glass  
06   Oak Ash and Thorn  
07   King Henry VII and the Shipwrights  
08   The Brookland Road  
09   A Three Part Song  
10   The Ballad of Minepit Shaw  
11   Our Fathers of Old  
12   Philadelpia  
The first collection of Kipling's verse set to music.

 

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WON'T YOU GO MY WAY 1971 Argo ZFB 37 LP




01    Butter and Cheese and All
02    Lovely Willy
03    Heres Adieu Sweet Lovely Nancy
04    Testimonial
05    Black Is the Colour of My Loved Ones Hair
06    Shanties; Instr
07    Monday Morning
08    Nameless Air
09    The Sweet Nightingale
10    Charming Molly
11    When Spring Comes On
12    Above the Hill
13    Spencer the Rover
14    Yarmouth Town
Bellamy in fine form with his concertina before an audience at The Folk Studio, Norwich, 22.June.71. Joined in harmony by Louis Killen on three tracks.

 

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MERLIN'S ISLAND OF GRAMARYE 1972 Argo ZFB 81 LP




01    Pucks Song
02    Smugglers Song
03    The Run of the Downs
04    Eddis Service
05    The Queens Men
06    Bee Boys Song
07    Harp Song of the Dane Women
08    Song of the Mens Side
09    The Heavens Above Us
10    Prophets At Home
11    Who Shall Judge the Lord
12    St Helena
13    The Way Through the Woods
14    The Bricklayer and the Shipwright
15    Song of the Red War Boat
The second collection of Kipling verse from Puck of Pook's Hill and Rewards and Fairies. Peter Bellamy is assisted by Nic Jones, Dolly Collins, Dik Cadbury, Perter Hall, Chris Birch, Anthea Bellamy, Dave Arthur, Fred Woods and Mike Edmonds.

 

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BARRACK ROOM BALLADS OF RUDYARD KIPLING 1975
1977
Green Linnet
Free Reed
SIF 1002
?
LP
LP


01   Tommy
02   Soldier, Soldier
03   Mandalay
04   Troopin'
05   Cells
06   Danny Deever
07   Bill 'awkins
08   Shillin' a Day
09   Loot
10   The Widow at Windsor
11   The Widow's Party
12   Gunga Din
Barrack-Room Ballads features Peter on voice and concertina, Chris Birch on voice and fiddle and Tony Hall on melodeon. It came with a deluxe booklet with an introductory essay by Peter, notes to the songs, and complete words to each song.

The recent 1998 release of the CD The Widow's Uniform by Realisations (REALCD0101) covers some but not all of Peter Bellamy's 1974 album. The tracks marked ** are from the Soldiers Three album of 1990
The Widow's Uniform contains :
The Widow At Windsor / Back To The Army Again ** / Tommy / Ford At Kabul River ** / Bill Awkins / Danny Deever / Troopin / Mandalay / The Young British Soldier ** / Cells / Gentlemen Rankers ** / Soldier Soldier / That Day ** / Follow Me Home ** / The Widows Party ** / Recessional ** /

 

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PETER BELLAMY 1975 Green Linnet SIF 1001 LP


01   On Board a 98
02   Sweet Lemeney
03   The Poacher's Fate
04   Bungay Roger
05   Courting too Slow
06   Ramblin' Robin
07   The Rigs of the Time
08   Rag Fair
09   The British Man of War
10   Firelock Stile
11   The Greenhopper
12   Ward the Pirate
13   A Ship to England Came
14   Old Brown's Daughter
15   Searching for Lambs
16   Nostrodamus
This LP, Bellamy's first to be recorded and issued in the United States, features Peter alone with his guitar and concertina. There are also whistle parts on some tracks; these may have been double-tracked by Peter, or the album's producer Patrick Sky (an uillean pipe player as well as a folksinger) could have added them. The LP came with an introductory essay by executive producer Lisa Null, and brief notes to each song by Bellamy.

 

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TELL IT LIKE IT WAS 1975 Trailer LER2089 LP




01    Rambling Robin
02    All in A Day
03    The Parsons Peachers
04    The Ballad of Judas
05    Farewell To the Land
06    Nostradamus
07    On Board A 98
08    Ward the Pirate
09    Courting Too Slow
10    The Burning
11    The Bold Privateer
12    Fiddlers Hill
13    Goodbye
That rare Bellamy guitar sneaks onto tracks 1, 8(just) and 12. Chris Birch adds fiddle on some tracks. Anthea adds harmony to track 2. An interesting album.

 

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THE TRANSPORTS
A Ballad Opera by Peter Bellamy
1977
1992
Free Reed
Topic
??
TSCD459
LP and
CD






01   Overture 
02   Ballad of Henry and Susannah   Peter Bellamy 
03   Us Poor Fellows   Nic Jones 
04   The Robber's Song   Bert Lloyd 
05   Ballad of Henry and Susannah   Peter Bellamy 
06   The Leaves In The Woodland   June Tabor 
07   Ballad of Henry and Susannah   Peter Bellamy 
08   I Once Lived In Service   Norma Waterson 
09   Norwich Gaol   Martin Windsor 
10   Sweet Loving Friendship   Mike and Norma Waterson 
11   Ballad of Henry and Susannah   Peter Bellamy 
12   The Black And Bitter Night   Mike Waterson 
13   The Humane Turnkey   Martin Carthy  
14   The Plymouth Mail   Vic Legg 
05   The Humane Turnkey   Martin Carthy  
16   The Green Fields Of England   The Watersons 
17   Roll Down   Cyril Tawney  
18   Still And Silent Ocean   Mike and Norma Waterson 
19   Ballad of Henry and Susannah   Peter Bellamy 
20   Convicts wedding dance (instr) 
Arranged by Dolly Collins, ensemble directed by Roddy Skeaping.

 

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BOTH SIDES THEN 1979
1992
Topic
Fledgling
 
FLE1002
LP and
CD




01    Barbaree
02    The Trees They Do Grow High
03    The Lord Will Provide
04    Rounding the Horn
05    Roving On A Winters Night
06    Derry Goal
07    Long Time Travelling
08    The Maid of Australia
09    The Shepherd of the Downs
10    The House Carpenter
11    When I Die
12    Edmund in the Lowlands
13    Around Cape Horn
14    Turfman From Ardee
15    Amazing Grace
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A tour de force by Bellamy and supporting cast. Peter uses concertina on seven tracks, Dave Swarbrick for fiddle on four tracks. Bill Shute, guitar on A-Roving on a Winter's Night, but the real treat is Peter's guitar on The Turfman From Ardee . The supporting cast are The Watersons, Anthea Bellamy, Louis Killen, Lisa Null, Royston Wood, Heather Wood. Extensive orbituary notes on the 1992 CD issue by Leslie Barman and Edward Haber and Martin Carthy.

A retrospective review of this album, and The Transports album, by Steve Winick, can be found at the Dirty Linen site.

 

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FAIR ANNIE 1983     LP
01   The Dockyard Gate  
02   Down by thr Green Groves  
03   The Molecatcher  
04   Conversation with Death  
05   Down the Moor  
06   Bluey Brink  
07   Santa Fe Trail  
08   Maid of Australia  
09   Shepherds Arise  
10   Bungaree  
11   Fair Annie  
12   The Liburn Lass  
13   The Lone Pilgrim  
With Chris Birch.

 

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SECOND WIND 1985 EFDSS ES002 LP






01    Recruiting Sergeants
02    The Keel Row
03    The Unquiet Grave
04    Hear the Nightingale Sing
05    The Drovers Dream
06    Medley; Instr
07    Rocking the Cradle
08    The Jute Mill Song
09    Johnny Lad
10    Blow Boys Blow
11    Down in the Coal Mine
12    Garton Mothers Lullaby
13    The Bells of Rhymney
14    The Apprentices Song
15    Jigs; Instr
16    Homeward Bound
17    The Waters of the Tyne
18    The Wee Cooper of Fyfe
An album published by the English Folk Dance and Song Society, consisting of five tradition songs, one originating from Ewan McColl, two country blues tracks (#6&12), two from the Australian poet Henry Lawson, and two from The Transports. This is not a cheat; Bellamy sings The Black And Bitter Night because it was his favourite song from the opera and he had "given all the best bits away" on that album. True. He also sings here Abe Carmen, which is a re-write of the opera's The Robber's Song, required because the original was rather too light-hearted for the 1983 performance. A fine album with just Peter Bellamy and his squeeze-box.

 

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KEEP ON KIPLING 1982 Fellside FE032 LP
01   A Pilgrim's Way
02   Cuckoo Song
03   Blue Roses
04   Ford o' Kabul River
05   The Land
06   Dayspring Mishandled
07   Roll down to Rio
08   The Liner She's a Lady
09   Anchor Song
10   Minesweepers
11   My lady's Law
12   The Coiner
13   My Boy Jack
14   Follow me 'Ome
15   Cities and Thrones and Powers

 

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Mr KIPLING MADE EXCEEDINGLY GOOD SONGS 1989 Bambuster   LP?
01   Back to the Army Again
02   Big Steamers
03   Gethsemane
04   The Prodigal Son
05   The Roman Centurion's Song
06   We have Fed our Sea with Ships
07   The Dutch in the Medway
08   A Song to Mithras
09   En-Dor
10   Heriot's Ford
11   The Anvil
12   The Wet Litany
13   Thorkild's Song
14   Recessional

 

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SOLDIERS THREE 1990     CD
01   Two by Two
02   The Widow at Windsor
03   Tommy
04   The Young British Soldier
05   Route Marching
06   Shillin' a Day
07   Soldier Soldier
08   That Day
09   Bill 'Awkins
10   Ford o' Kabul River
11   The Widow's Party
12   Loot
13   They baynitt and the Butt
14   Private Ortheris' Sons
15   Gunga Din
16   Cells
17   Cholera Camp
18   The Ladies
19   Follow me 'Ome
20   Gentleman Rankers
21   Danny Deever
22   Troopin'

 

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SONGS AN' RUMMY CONJURIN' TRICKS
Last album
1991 Fellside FSC Tape


01   On Board a Ninety-Eight
02   Big Steamers
03   Tyne of Harrow
04   The London Waterman
05   Cholera Camp
06   The Brisk Young Widow
07   Death is Not the End
08   St. Celia's Rocks
09   The Old Songs
10   The Slip Jigs and Reels
11   Lord Thomas and Fair Eleanor
12   Down the Moor
13   The Death of Bill Brown
14   The Days of '49
15   Her Servant Man
16   Anchor Song
17   The Santa Fe Trail
Songs an' Rummy Conjurin' Tricks contains just Peter and his concertina. It has brief notes to each song.

 

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HOLLY BEARS THE CROWN
with Shirley & Dolly Collins
1969/95 Fledgling FLED3006 CD


01    The Boars Head Carol
02    Is It Far To Bethlehem
03    Lullay My Liking
04    The Cherry Tree Carol
05    Shepherds Arise
06    I Sing Of A Maiden That Is Makeless
07    Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day
08    A Virgin Most Pure
09    The Coventry Carol
10    The Holly Bears The Crown
11    March The Morning Sun
12    Bring Us In Good Ale
Made but not issued in 1969. This Young Tradition collaboration with Shirley and Dolly Collins is a collection of seasonal songs.

 

Young Tradition Album Covers

     

Other appearances:

VOICES (CD) Fellside FECD87
The Brisk Young Widow, recorded Cockermouth, Jan 91

THE TALE OF ALE (CD) Free Reed FRCD23 1993
The story of the englishman and his beer, told by Joby Blanshard, William Rushton, and Michael Smee; sung by Peter Bellamy, Robin Dransfield, Roy Harris, Pam Gilder, Musica Inebriata and others.

RADIO & THEATRE PROJECTS
We Have Fed Our Sea for 1000 Years a concept performance, similar to The Transports

SHARON AND THE STUDENTS – a temporary group including Peter and his wife Anthea who sang Sacred Harp & other choral material. A 1985 tape was available with contained Helo Malenka / Northfield / Antioch / Shto mi e Milo / White / Evening Shade / The Better Land / May Song / Daniel Prayed /

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I am indebted to Paul Bryan and Steve Winick for helping to complete the discography for Peter Bellamy's albums, which was a difficult task prior to the publication of WAKE THE VAULTED ECHOES. The website for this three-disc retrospective can be thought of as Peter's offical site. See
www.bens.connectfree.co.uk
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See also

Also biography/discography at Slipcue's Site.



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