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Buck Dancer's Choice

by Richard Plank & Alan Ward

Finger picking guitar, mandolin and fiddle playing songs and tunes from the American tradition.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Goodbye Sweet Liza Jane
Richard Plank & Alan Ward
3:46 $0.99
2. Buck Dancer's Choice
Richard Plank & Alan Ward
3:27 $0.99
3. Baby, It Must Be Love
Richard Plank & Alan Ward
4:49 $0.99
4. Nobody's Business If I Do
Richard Plank & Alan Ward
3:27 $0.99
5. Sugar Hill Ramble
Richard Plank & Alan Ward
3:08 $0.99
6. Last Train from Poor Valley
Richard Plank & Alan Ward
4:12 $0.99
7. Dunno Mate / Joe Conway's
Richard Plank & Alan Ward
2:59 $0.99
8. Dig a Little Deeper in the Well (feat. Alan Ward)
Richard Plank
3:23 $0.99
9. Rebecca
Richard Plank & Alan Ward
3:33 $0.99
10. Otto Wood the Bandit
Richard Plank & Alan Ward
3:27 $0.99
11. Victory Rag
Richard Plank & Alan Ward
3:01 $0.99
12. I Wish I'd Stayed in the Wagon Yard
Richard Plank & Alan Ward
3:43 $0.99
13. Stella Ireland & Lady Luck
Richard Plank & Alan Ward
5:19 $0.99
14. Flyin' Clouds / Lynchburg Town
Richard Plank & Alan Ward
3:36 $0.99
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Album Notes

Richard Plank lead vocals, lead guitar

Alan Ward mandolins, fiddles, tenor vocals

with Guy Charles back-up guitar (*), vocals (**)

1. Nobody's business
2. Buckdancer's choice (Sam McGee)
3. Baby it must be love
4. Goodbye sweet Liza Jane*
5. Sugar Hill ramble (David Grisman)
6. Last train from Poor Valley
7. Dunno mate/Joe Conway's (Trad.)
8. Dig a little deeper in the well
9. Rebecca (Herschel Sizemore)
10. Otto Wood the bandit* **
11. Victory rag
12. I wish I'd stayed in the wagon yard
13. Stella Ireland and Lady Luck*
14. Flying clouds/Lynchburg Town (Trad.)

Recording Guy Charles at Higher Alsia Farm, St Buryan
Production Guy Charles, Richard Plank and Alan Ward
Mastering Josh Clark at Get Real Audio, Bath
Design Richard Plank
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Richard and Alan met in Cornwall about 12 years ago and have been playing together off and on since then. In their formative years both were strongly influenced by the exciting guitar music and singing of Doc and Merle Watson from North Carolina. They also absorbed 1920s recordings by old time stringbands such as Charlie Poole's North Carolina Ramblers, from whom the Watsons had also learned some of their repertoire. Most of the songs and tunes on this album are drawn directly or indirectly from these and similar sources. Less familiar may be the combination of clawhammer guitar with bluegrass-derived mandolin and (sort of) old time fiddle. We like the sound but it wasn't deliberate – it's just what we do.

Richard Plank, originally from London, has been a key figure in Cornish musical life for many years, and has worked and recorded with several other prominent performers including Guy Charles. In recent years he has toured twice in the UK with Doc Watson's long-term guitar partner Jack Lawrence. He spends part of his time renovating old houses and their gardens. His distinguished career as an abstract artist, on hold in recent years, is currently undergoing a revival in London galleries including the Royal Academy.

Alan Ward was brought up in Liverpool and has played various types of music in several bands, most recently in the ground-breaking UK bluegrass band A Band Like Alice. He was a leading figure in UK sound archives, latterly as a manager at the British Library, but gave this up in favour of renovating old houses; and playing music.



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