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Bold Sportsmen All
Various Artists
Bold Sportsmen All
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
 
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It's the big ballads of love and death that claim all the attention, but there's more to the picture. Songs about sport and all kinds of gambling (including gambling on a lover's fidelity) have been quite common in the tra...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Bold Sportsmen All
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Topic Records
Release Date: 11/10/1998
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, British & Celtic Folk, Contemporary Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 714822049528

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It's the big ballads of love and death that claim all the attention, but there's more to the picture. Songs about sport and all kinds of gambling (including gambling on a lover's fidelity) have been quite common in the tradition, and this gathers 17 of them. Horse racing and boxing naturally figure strongly (with MacColl's "The Turpin-Sugar Ray Fight" from the '50s sitting comfortably next to the old material). Martin Carthy offers guitar support at times, but it's the songs and the voices that are the stars here. "Turpin Hero" celebrates a great highwayman, "Sovay the Female Highwayman" gets into cross-dressing. And it wouldn't be complete without "The Football Match"; this is Britain, after all. --Chris Nickson

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