This recording is an excellent variety of folk ballads from England and Scotland. The selection of songs on this recording show the wonderful poetry of British Ballads.
And it is possible through these tales and stories to gain a flavour of the ordinary people and their lives throughout the ages.
The stories are of family loyalties, moralising symbology, pride, love, farming, feuding, raiding, jealousy and all sorts of elements of ordinary life.
Some Ballads are genial peasant improvisations on religious legends, such as "the bitter withy". Others are adventures or romances, such as "demon lover". And others deal with crime and tragedies such as "Hughie the Graeme and the baron of Brackley".
This is a fantastic disc that collects together some remarkable songs of British heritage. And these are performed by some important figures from the world of folk song performers. We get A. L. Lloyd, Ewan MacColl, Ann Briggs, Louis Killen, Mike Waterson and Norman Kennedy. And each track is pure magic.
This album is a traditionalist album with some great performances of English and Scottish traditional folk songs. The sound recording is excellent despite the fact that the tracks date from the early 1960s. It is a great album and a great concept that is an essential addition to the collection of folk recordings.