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English Drinking Songs
A.L. Lloyd
English Drinking Songs
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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One of the most important figures in the English folk-music scene was A.L. Lloyd, a learned collector but also a veteran folk singer, and here we get the fruits of both careers in this collection of songs not so much in pr...  more »

      
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All Artists: A.L. Lloyd
Title: English Drinking Songs
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Label: Topic Records
Release Date: 11/10/1998
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 714822049627

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One of the most important figures in the English folk-music scene was A.L. Lloyd, a learned collector but also a veteran folk singer, and here we get the fruits of both careers in this collection of songs not so much in praise of alcohol as in cahoots with it. These 14 songs were collected by Lloyd at a small pub called the Eels Foot (whose exact location he refused to reveal for fear of it becoming overrun by hipsters in search of songs and singers). "The Derby Ram" is an apparition said to be common to the late-night drinker; "The Drunken Maidens," a pub man's stupor-induced dream. Since these songs were put to vinyl in 1961, many of them have become about as famous as folk songs can be, retold by singers and folk-rock bands of every generation since. Among the most familiar are "All for Me Grog," "Maggie May," and "John Barleycorn," and it's wonderful to hear these tunes without the trappings of revival, sung simply, with banjo or accordion for minimal accompaniment. --Louis Gibson
 

CD Reviews

Soon to be a favorite around the fraternity
01/04/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A collection of songs that sneaks up on you like a good beer-buzz from a English stout. A great CD to break out at the climax of a party and start singing along to. It's a chain reaction, the more people sing along to it, the more other people want to learn the songs and pretty soon the whole party is singing the songs, especially, Mary May."