Paddy Tutty | The Roving Jewel

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The Roving Jewel

by Paddy Tutty

Prairie Druid Music 101 - a compilation of the first two recordings: dulcimer, edgy vocals, gorgeous harmonies.
Genre: Folk: British Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Katy Cruel
3:34 $0.99
2. Southwind
3:46 $0.99
3. The Blind Harper
5:30 $0.99
4. Annachie Gordon
8:10 $0.99
5. Black Sarah
4:38 $0.99
6. Who Liveth So Merry
3:58 $0.99
7. Rolling Home Drunk
2:46 $0.99
8. The World Turned Upside Down
4:22 $0.99
9. Bonny Portmore
4:20 $0.99
10. Low Down in the Broom
4:00 $0.99
11. The Bonny Lass of Anglesey
5:43 $0.99
12. The Hare's Lament
5:03 $0.99
13. The Lass of Loch Royal
7:48 $0.99
14. The Dancers of Stanton Drew
3:41 $0.99
15. Hidden Track
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Album Notes
The Roving Jewel is a CD compilation of tracks from Paddy Tutty's two early classic recordings of traditional music from Britain, Ireland and North America. The album's acoustic live sound features mostly solo performances by Paddy Tutty on vocals, fretted dulcimer, guitar and fiddle. The original recordings were Who Liveth So Merry produced by David Essig in 1986 and Paddy Tutty co-produced with Ken Hamm in 1983. It was mastered by Richard Harrow in April 2000.

The Songs

1. Katy Cruel - a song about an unhappy woman, frustrated with her lot in life. It is presumably of Irish origin but collected in the U.S.

2. Southwind - an Irish song of longing for home. It is said to have been written by the 18th Century piper Donal McNamara, and translated by Donal O'Sullivan. I was drawn to the Southwind persona through my childhood memories of Chinook Winds, which could transform winter into spring in a few hours.

3. Polka Piquée / The Blind Harper - first, a French tune, followed by a trickster tale of a horse theft on the Scots-English border, which may well have happened in the 1500s.

4. Annachie Gordon tells of an arranged marriage where a young woman is forced into a loveless marriage with a rich lord.

5. Black Sarah, written by Lorraine Lee, is about the travelling people of Britain who suffer much discrimination. Black Sarah is the patron saint of the European gypsies.

6. Who Liveth So Merry - a song about the simple pleasures of the working people. Perhaps as old as 1558, I learned it from William Chappell's Old English Popular Music.

7. Rolling Home Drunk - a lament (and plan for revenge) of an abused woman. It is an Irish/Scots song which I learned from the singing of Cilla Fisher.

8. The World Turned Upside Down tells of the Diggers movement of the 1640's during the English Revolution, at the time when common people had been deprived of their right to work the lands. Much of Leon Rosselson's song comes from the writings of the Digger's leader Gerrard Winstanley.

9. Bonny Portmore - a lament for the forest and fortress of Portmore, an estate in Northern Ireland destroyed for the charcoal-burning industry of the 18th Century.

10. Low Down in the Broom / Sally in the Garden - amazing! -- a happy love song! Followed by an American fiddle tune.

11. The Bonny Lass of Anglesey - the story of a dance competition with the "Bonny Lass" as our heroine, triumphing over the lords.It is a British ballad from the Child collection, which has been expanded upon by Martin Carthy.

12. The Hare's Lament, from the singing of Len Graham, is an Irish hunting song from the hare's point of view. As well as being a compassionate statement, I see this song as part of a much older ritual -- the act of honouring and apologizing to one's prey.

13. The Lass of Loch Royal - an epic ballad encompassing passion, adventure, jealousy and tragedy. Learned mostly from the singing of Peggy Seeger, it is a North Carolina version of a Scots ballad.

14. The Dancers of Stanton Drew - A song explaining how a stone circle in Somerset was created, with a fair measure of morality thrown in.

15. (the hidden track) is La Casa / Turlute d'Antonio - two fiddle tunes from Quebec.

Musicians: Paddy Tutty
Vocals (all), Guitar (4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13),
Fretted dulcimer (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 14), whistle (12),
Fiddle (3, 5, 10, 11, 12, 14)
David Essig - DX-7 (5), bass (2).



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