Archive for June, 2009

JESSE FULLER ~ Move on down the line FLED 3074

On July 27th Fledg’ling will reissue a classic folk-blues album – JESSE FULLER‘s exuberant Move on down the line. Fuller was the original make-do-and-mend man of music – carrying his venerable Martin 12-string guitar in a battered home-made case, a kazoo and harmonica he traveled widely presenting a heroic figure. Move on down the line includes his earliest recordings from 1959 and a session recorded in London for Topic Records in 1965. The CD contains Fuller’s original recording of his San Francisco Bay Blues and a version of John Henry that has been out of print since the early 1960s.

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vintage flyer displayed courtesy of the fRoots archive

Jesse Fuller “The Lone Cat” (1886-1976) was one of the great blues troubadours. A remarkably expressive singer and a fine 12-string guitarist, he developed his unique one-man-band style around his fotdella (foot-operated bass) and harmonica / kazoo rig. Lots of sleevenotes from Joe Boyd and Val Wilmer and some previously unpublished photographs will complete the package.

Later in the year, in a joint venture with Carthage Records, we hope to bring you definitive editions of the first four albums by The INCREDIBLE STRING BAND, freshly re-mastered under Joe Boyd’s supervision. Watch this space.

JOHN KIRKPATRICK ~ The Dance Of The Demon Daffodils FLED 3075

Squeezebox maestro JOHN KIRKPATRICK is one of the giants of the British folk scene. Over the past three decades he has appeared on hundreds of recordings, yet, seldom has he had the opportunity to record a whole album of his original compositions. The Dance of the Demon Daffodils is just that – a splendid collection of his tunes recorded by the master.

“I’ve been making up tunes for almost as long as I’ve been playing them. It’s impossible to explain why that should happen, but it just does. Quite a few of my own compositions have been recorded over the years, not only by me.” At the last count John had composed over 130 tunes, The Dance of the Demon Daffodils showcases 32 of the very best.

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MARTIN SIMPSON ~ Sad Or High Kicking FLED 3022

fled-3022webMartin Simpson’s excellent 1985 album Sad Or High Kicking was originally released by Topic Records. The record includes powerful readings of Randy Newman’s ‘Living Without You’, Anne Lister’s ‘Moth’ and ‘Icarus’, alongside a rollicking Cajun ‘The Lakes Of Ponchartrain’. With the release of Sad Or High Kicking Fledg’ling proudly continue their programme of re-issuing MARTIN SIMPSON’s early recordings. Each album is being carefully remastered from the original master tapes and repackaged for compact disc reissue. The compact discs are housed in digifile miniature replicas of the original vinyl LP sleeves.

For the latest Simpson news please visit: www.martinsimpson.com

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MARTIN SIMPSON ~ Grinning In Your Face FLED 3021

fled-3021webMARTIN SIMPSON is justifiably regarded as one of the finest finger-style guitarists in the world. Grinning In Your Face is one of his finest and most complete recordings. Originally released by Topic Records in 1983, now remastered from the original tapes and repackaged for compact disc reissue. The album includes stunning versions of Bob Dylan’s ‘Masters Of War’, Peter Gabriel’s ‘Biko’ and Sonhouse’s ‘Grinning In Your Face’. Grinning In Your Face is an important record from his back pages, with lots of Mr Simpson’s trademark exuberant guitar.

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