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English Shepherd and Farming Songs

Bob and Ron Copper
English Shepherd and Farming Songs, LP artwork
English Shepherd and Farming Songs by Bob and Ron Copper, LP artwork
English Shepherd and Farming Songs, CD artwork
English Shepherd and Farming Songs by Bob and Ron Copper, CD artwork
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The singing tradition of the Copper family (of Rottingdean, East Sussex) is one that goes back to at least the 18th Century. On this recording, Bob and Ron Copper sing traditional songs of rural England in their family's style, a system of two-part harmony that folklorist Peter Kennedy described as "folk-polyphony". Performing in the 1950's for BBC Radio and a television series presented by Alan Lomax, the Copper's music was influential in the British Folk Revival of the 1960's. Included in this selection are several songs that had not been previously collected at the time of recording in 1963.

Liner notes contain a personal statement from Bob Copper on his family's history and singing tradition, and some musicological notes from Peter Kennedy

Track Listing

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Sportsmen Arouse Bob & Ron Copper 2:56
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The Lark in the Morning Bob & Ron Copper 2:07
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The Hard Times of Old England Bob & Ron Copper 2:57
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Spencer the Rover Bob & Ron Copper 3:22
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The Spring Glee Bob & Ron Copper 2:36
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Good Ale Bob & Ron Copper 2:41
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The Babes in the Wood Bob & Ron Copper 2:05
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Cupid's Garden Bob & Ron Copper 2:38
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The Two Brethren Bob & Ron Copper 2:32
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The Month of May Bob & Ron Copper 2:01
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The Honest Labourer Bob & Ron Copper 3:12
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Birds in the Spring Bob & Ron Copper 1:47
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The Shepherd of the Downs Bob & Ron Copper 4:44
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The Threshing Song Bob & Ron Copper 1:37
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Dame Durden Bob & Ron Copper 1:45
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The Season Round Bob & Ron Copper 3:52
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