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The Happy Man - Cliff Haslam

Crooked Jack
Declaration
All For Me Grog
1. Introduction
2. Come For To Sing
3. The Drovers - Keith Marsden
4. Crooked Jack - words, Dominic Behan/Music - traditional
5. The Happy Man
6. Johnny My Man
7. Declaration - words, John Shaw Neilson/tune, Martyn Wyndham-Read
8. All For Me Grog - Traditional
9. The Knocker Upper Man - Mike Canavan
10. The Old Dun Cow - Traditional
11. My Lady of Autumn - Dave Webber
12. Mist Covered Mountains of Home
13. Morning Glory - Traditional
14. Plowman - Traditional
15. Barley Mow - Traditional
16. Bide Awhile - Tom Yates





Songs of the Sea and the English Countryside

A native of Warrington, Cheshire - about 16 miles up the Mersey from Liverpool - he is as fine as an exemplar of the British folk tradition as you will find this side of the pond.

His songs display a fine sense of humor, a bit of the British bawdy along with great vocal artistry. Everyone should have the chance to hear Cliff shake the walls as his booming bass baritone breathes new life into an old chantey...and in the next moment render a ballad so tender it would bring tears to the eyes of an executioner.

A mainstay in the folk music scene in New England for many years, Cliff has inspired countless people to sing, learn songs and to join the community of folk music.




1. Introduction

2. Come For To Sing
This is a snippet of a longer song. I got these verses from long time firend Bob Stuart

3. The Drovers - Keith Marsden
This is a lament for "The Dovers" who use to drive livestock to market. The railways came along and put them out of a job.

4. Crooked Jack - words, Dominic Behan/Music - traditional
Story of an Irish lad working construction sites. He did all the back breaking hard jobs.

The Happy Man
This song has its roots from the "Adderbury Morris Men". The tune was written by Barry Temple with a slight variation by Keith Kendrick (fine singer). I found the song on one of Keith's recordings.

6. Johnny My Man
Long before cell phones, wives used to go down to the local pub to drag their husbands home after a day of drinking. This version comes from Scottish singer Norman Kennedy (minus the dialect?) I tried my best to Anglicize the words but some words seem to rhyme and sound better in the Scottish dialect.

7. Declaration - words, John Shaw Neilson/tune, Martyn Wyndham-Read
A song of undeniable love. I learned this song from a recording by Martyn Wyndham-Read.

8. All For Me Grog - Traditional
Good old drinking song. Check the internet as to why the term "grog" became associated with rum. Too long to explain here.

9. The Knocker Upper Man - Mike Canavan
His job was to wake up the factory workers so they wouldn't be late for work. (Before the time of alarm clocks.) We don't know who woke up the "knocker upper man".

10. The Old Dun Cow - Traditional
Another fine drinking song. Thanks to m friends John Roberts and Tony Barrand for this,

11. My Lady of Autumn - Dave Webber
This is a song about unrequited love.

12. Mist Covered Mountains of Home
A fine traditional Scottish song by John Camaron - 1856. About missing things dear to your heart when away from home.

13. Morning Glory - Traditional
A song of drinking, loving and regret.

14. Plowman - Traditional
Here a plowman toots his own horn as he is proud of the work he does.

15. Barley Mow - Traditional
Many a town in England has a pub called "The Barley Mow" There's one in my home town of Warrington, dating back to 1561. It's a place I make sure I go to for a couple of pints whilst visiting family.

16. Bide Awhile - Tom Yates
Who wants to go home when your among good friends and company, good singing and a pint of beer.

    
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