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For many years Cockersdale have been one of the leading unacompanied groups in the UK. Originally formed by Keith Marsden to perform his songs, the group's reputation soon grew making them a major force in folk music. Following Keith's death in 1991 Cockersdale reformed and re-established themselves as one of the most popular groups on the UK folk scene.


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Cockersdale : ...been around for years : 00  1 CD :  : FECD 101

Cockersdale : ...been around for years

Review: The hearty harmonies of Cockersdale are the accompaniment to war, hard labor, precarious journeys, and the struggle to survive. Even when the subject matter is potentially grim, the settings can be hopeful; "Left, Left, Right, Steady" is about a "rear gunner... in the Spring of forty-four," but the melody is anything but sad. Temporary pain relief can be found in "Three Cheers For Booze," before the mood turns melancholy - "Hills of Mullaghbawn," an Irish traditional, is a thinly veiled protest against occupation, and "Raglan Road" is about love not meant to be. "Cholera Camp" and "Follow Me Home" are based on the poems of Rudyard Kipling, set to original music.

Songlist: Follow Me Home, Hills of Mullaghbawn, Jamie Foyers, Lost at 21, Three Cheers for Booze, Will Ye Go to Flanders, Cholera Camp, Raglan Road, St Aubin Sur Mer, Left, Left, Right, Steady, Race Against Time, Roll On the Day, Thames Lighterman, Farrow Song

9743c | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella World Music CDs

Cockersdale : Wide Open Skies : 00  1 CD :  : FECD 123

Cockersdale : Wide Open Skies

Review: The folk music of England and its former colonies is a colorful patchwork of history, past and present. Not the least bit refined or pretentious, its primary elements are simple and fundamental, as is its style. These are tunes that anyone can sing or harmonize to, while hoisting a pitcher of ale. Many tell stories, such as "Sykehouse Bridge," about a company town and its industrial origins, or "Barratt's Privateers," about "a broken man on a Halifax pier," reminiscing about youthful adventures. The three members of Cockersdale, Val Marsden, John O'Hagan and Graham Pirt, arrange all of the songs, and have been featured as part of the BBC's "Lateral History Programme."

Songlist: Tree Song, Fit for Heroes, The Cuckoo, Poor Old Horse, Sykehouse Bridge, Ash and Oak, Anderson's Coast, Barratt's Privateers, Auld Fischer's Farewell to the Coquet, Us Poor Fellows, Long Long Road, Single Handed, Death Is Not the End, Tortoises Always Come Last, A Pilgrim's Way

9744C | 00 1 CD | $14.98 | A Cappella World Music CDs

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