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The Music of Cry Havoc
|‘The Music of Cry Havoc’ is a 72-minute long CD on the Little Acorn Records label consisting of 24 tracks of the tunes played by Cry Havoc for their dances. All tracks were recorded live and in full, with dancers present. The dances cover seven of the more popular Cotswold traditions: Adderbury, Bampton, Bledington, Headington, Fieldtown, Ilmington, and Lichfield, and there is even a new dance (and tune) from Botley, ‘Dogs of War’, invented by our former squire and founder Paul Ferrett.|
'The Music of Cry Havoc' includes a twelve-page booklet containing notes on the history and folklore of morris dancing, as well as individual track notes.
Internet magazine Tradition (Autumn 2001) described the CD as ‘an excellent record of how Cotswold Morris tunes should be played for dancing’, adding that it would be ‘great for musicians learning the tunes as it helps them with speed and rhythm’.
The complete list of tracks is:
1. Shave the donkey (Bampton)
2. Constant Billy (Headington)
3. Young Collins (Bledington)
4. Getting upstairs (Headington)
5. Jenny Lind (Lichfield)
6. Balance the straw (Fieldtown)
7. Banbury Bill (Bampton)
8. Hunting the squirrel (Headington)
9. Shooting (Adderbury)
10. Bumpus of Stretton (Ilmington)
11. Country gardens (Fieldtown)
12. Step back (Fieldtown)
13. Highland Mary (Bampton)
14. Dogs of war (Botley)
15. Haste to the wedding (Headington)
16. Black joke (Adderbury)
17. Vandals of Hammerwich (Lichfield)
18. Banks of the Dee (Fieldtown)
19. William and Nancy (Bledington)
20. Rigs of Marlow (Headington)
21. Ring o’bells (Lichfield)
22. Laudnum bunches (Headington)
23. Skirmish (Bledington)
24. Bobbing around (Bampton)
The musicians involved in the recordings were:
melodeons: Tim Clarke, Debbie Roberts; concertina: Kate Keen; fiddle: Ed Pritchard; accordion: Alison Paine; whistle: Pete Burow; mandola: Ed Pritchard; bodhrán: Mark Roberts; djembe: Mick Onions; triangle: ‘Tinkly’ John Keen; tambourine: Mick Onions
Two tracks from the CD are now also featured on a compilation double CD 'The Magic of Morris', on Talking Elephant Records. The dances featured are Getting Upstairs and Highland Mary.
‘Lost Morris’ is a CD of Cotswold morris tunes taken from Cecil Sharp’s manuscripts. During the early years of the twentieth century Sharp collected morris tunes but didn’t always collect the dances to go with them. The dances have consequently been lost, but the tunes remain, though, unattached to dances, have lain largely ignored in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. Until now, that is. The tunes come from locations such as Stow-on-the-Wold, Blackwell, Shipston-upon-Stour, North Leigh, Filkins, and Brill.
Musicians involved in the project are all from Oxfordshire morris sides:
Ed Pritchard and Kate Keen from Cry Havoc
Steve Griffiths and Bob Dunlop from Mason’s Apron
Sem Seaborne and Graham Hubbard from Icknield Way
Jessica Marshall from Ducklington
Here’s what Shire Folk had to say about the album in January 2006:
Various Artist Lost Morris (LACR CD8 – www.acornrecords.co.uk) This is an album of Oxfordshire musicians playing lesser known morris tunes from Cecil Sharp’s manuscripts. The tunes are extremely well played and the recording quality is good. The musicians work well together on fiddles, melodeons, guitar, bouzouki, and concertina, which is perhaps a tribute to the quality and ambience of the more rustic enclaves of the local session scene. There are a few well known pieces such as ‘Gloucester Hornpipe’, ‘Moll in the Wad’, and ‘Princess Royal’, but most of the 15 tracks are unfamiliar, and the listed version of ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’, played on fiddle and bodhran, is quite unlike the more commonly played tune of the same name. A very good album, and a well researched and nicely packaged collection of Cecil Sharp’s Cotswold music. Chris Mills
An Evening with Cry Havoc
To celebrate our twentieth anniversary in 2013 we recorded a live session of our favourite post-morris songs and tunes. The resulting CD, 'An Evening with Cry Havoc: Songs and Tunes from a Morris Session' is 73 minutes long and costs only £5!
All profits from sales of the CD will go towards our charity.