GOOD FOLK OF KENT - VARIOUS ARTISTS
1975


Side 1

1. Cutty Wren - Jenny & Tony Dunbar
2. Bugle Horn Gallop plus Farewell, Jackson's Morning Brush & Blackthorn Stick - Skinners Rats
3. All Me Fancy - Mingled
4. Reynardine - Jenny & Tony Dunbar
5. Jolly Rogues of Lynn - Folkbunch
6. Seven Virgins (or The Leaves of Life) - Jenny & Tony Dunbar
7. Banish Misfortune - Skinners Rats
8. Holmfirth Anthem - Mingled
9. Georgie Barnell - Jenny & Tony Dunbar
10. Reels: Boys of the Lough, Swallow's Tail, Rakish Paddy, Donal O'Donovan, Rejected Suitor - Skinners Rats

Side 2

1. Poverty Knocks - Folkbunch
2. Maid of Tottenham - Jenny & Tony Dunbar
3. New York Gals - Mingled
4. Brown Girl - Jenny & Tony Dunbar
5. Irish Rover - Skinners Rats
6. Admiral Benbow - Mingled
7. The Dreadnought - Mingled
8. Whoop Jamboree - Folkbunch
9. Weary Whaling Ground - Mingled

All songs Traditional arranged by the artist

Produced by Ron Milner
Recorded at Steenhuis Studios, Broadstairs

Liner notes from the back of the sleeve:

Kent has been the gateway to Britain since history began. We know little about the inhabitants before about 400 BC, when the Celts in successive waves ferried across the narrows seas (the English Channel) in their hewn out tree trunks and rafts to land on the coast of Kent. Some historians suggest that the Celts first gave the land its name of ‘Pretan’ - land of chalk - and that ‘Britain’ comes from a Roman corruption of that name. In about 100 BC Belgic immigrants occupied Kent and when, in 55 BC, the Roman invaders landed near Deal, Julius Caesar con-sidered the folk of Kent to be by far the most civilised inhabitants of the island. After the Romans left there was constant trouble with the Picts and Scots and, in desperation, Vortigern (King of Kent) asked for help from the Angles, Saxons and Jutes who had become unified. Later, however, these mercenaries turned on their employer and in AD 449 the Jutish brothers Hengest and Horsa landed at Thanet. They defeated Vortigern and legend has it that he later entertained them at his castle in Tonge and was so captivated by Hengest’s beautiful Daughter Rowena that he gave half his kingdom to Hengest, who then became the first ‘English’ King of Kent in 455 AD. The name was adopted from the old inhabitants, the “Cantiaci’. Kent became a particular attraction for the vikings, who raided the east and south coasts constantly and many of then settled in Thanet where evidence of their craftsmanship frequently comes to light and even the cult of Wodin survives in the Hoodening in Kent.
Perhaps the most far reaching influence in the lives of the good folk of Kent was the coming of the Normans. William, bastard son of Robert, Duke of Normandy, had long made up his mind to invade England and, in October 1066, set sail from Wissant heading for the Kent coast. Evidence of the impact of the Normans on Kent can be found in the fine castles, churches and the Cathedrals of Canterbury and Rochester. There is a legend that the people of Strood once cut off the tail of Archbishop Thomas a‘Becket’s mule and that he commended ‘by the will of God, that all those born of everyone who played this prank, should be stricken with tails even as brute beasts be’. In 1170, however, Becket’s murder struck the whole of Europe with horror. Steams of pilgrims came from all over the Continent flocking to the ‘Martyr’s shine’ at Canterbury, bringing with them evidences of their way of life, and leaving behind echoes of their traditional songs. The rebellion of Wat Tyler, the peasant’s revolt under John Ball and Jack Cade’s rebellion must have given rise to many a ballad, as did the seamen, fishermen and brandy smugglers of the Kent coast.
During the Hundred Years War with France there were exchanges of ways of life and songs sung on both sides of the Channel. By way of Kent came the first impact of the Renaissance and the Revival of Learning. into Kent, too, came the Protestant Hugenots fleeing from persecution in France and who settled in this hospitable county.
Thus for 2500 years successive invaders, pedlars, pilgrims, scholars, refugees and merchants from many nations made landfall in the ‘Garden of England’. Just as the returning bowmen from Agincourt, the survivors of the beaches of Dunkirk or the sailors landing at Chatham, each has influenced and enriched the lives of THE GOOD FOLK OF KENT.



It is noted in Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide 2010 that a mint copy of this LP is worth £40. The last copy to be sold on eBay fetched £33.