The Ian Campbell Folk Group – Coaldust Ballads (1965)


Ian Campbell (10 June 1933 – 24 November 2012) was a Scottish folksinger. As leader of the Ian Campbell Folk Group, he was one of the most important figures of the British folk revival during the 1960s.

Born in Aberdeen, Campbell moved to Birmingham as a teenager, where he subsequently worked as an engraver in the city’s Jewellery Quarter. His father, David Gunn Campbell, was a trade union leader who was originally from Shetland. He fell under the influence of the Birmingham Marxist writer George Thomson and joined the choir of the local branch of the Workers’ Music Association, which was run by Thomson’s wife. In 1957, he formed a skiffle group, initially called the Clarion Skiffle Group, which performed politically-charged material including Fenian and Jacobite songs, and songs of miners, industrial workers and farmworkers. In 1958, the group changed their name to the Ian Campbell Folk Group and in 1962 recorded Ceilidh At The Crown, at the Crown Inn in Station Street Birmingham, their regular venue. It was the first ever live folk recording to be released on vinyl.

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After disbanding the group in 1978, Campbell worked as an editor and television presenter for TV-am and as a community arts worker in Dudley. His sons Ali Campbell, Robin Campbell and Duncan Campbell have all been members of the Birmingham reggae group UB40. (by wikipedia)

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And here is their third album:

The title of this L.P. is also the title of a collection of mining songs by A.L. Lloyd and we are indebted to him for permission to use this title. We are also indebted to him both for his considerable research into mining songs and for his constant help, encouragement, and constructive criticism in the past. Much of the material for this L.P. was drawn from his collection Come All Ye Bold Miners. (taken from the original liner notes)

The Ian Campbell Folk Group were one of the most popular and respected folk groups of the British folk revival of the 1960s. The group made many appearances on radio, television, and at national and international venues and festivals. They performed a mixture of British traditional folk music and new material, including compositions by Campbell. Much of their popularity flowed from the variety of their performance which included a mixture of solos, group vocals and instrumentals.

I guess, The Ian Campbell Folk Group was one of the most important groups from the first British Folk revival.

Listen to this album and you´ll know what I mean !

And I include the complete sleeve notes from this album.


Ian Campbell (vocals, guitar)
Lorna Campbell (vocals)
Brian Clark (guitar, vocals)
John Dunkerley (guitar, banjo, mandolin)
Dave “Swarb” Swarbrick (violin, mandolin)

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01. Come All You Gallant Colliers (MacColl) 2.00
02. Down In The Coal Mine (Traditional) 2.27
03. The Cammy Miner Lad (Traditional) 2.06
04. Sandgate Girls Lament (Traditional) 1.38
05. Rap Her Te Bank (Traditional) 1.36
06. The Blantyre Explosion (Greening) 2.36
07. Instrumental Medley (Traditional) 2.16
08. Pay Friday (Traditional) 2.26
09. The Collier’s Rant (Traditional) 1.23
10. Georgie Black (Traditional) 2.36
11. The Sandgate Dandle (Traditional) 1.38
12. Drunken Bella Roy (Traditional) 1.55
13. Blackleg Miners (Traditional) 1.29
14. My Miners Lad (Traditional) 1.59
15. Cushy Butterfield (Traditional) 2.25
16. The Plodder Seam (MacColl) 1.09
17. Collier Laddie (Traditional) 3.33



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Plummet Airlines – On Stony Ground (1981)

FrontCover1Plummet Airlines, was a British pub rock band of the mid-1970s, which was originally formed in Nottingham. Band members later joined The Pogues and Darts.

The band was formed by students at Nottingham School of Art (now Nottingham Trent University, School of Art and Design), who needed a band for a film that fellow students John Crumpton and Graham Langford were making called ‘One More Chance’ about a fading rock and roll star, Shane Ventura. The band was initially called “The Brothel Creepers”, after the band in the film. Harry Stephenson (vocal/guitar) had previously been in Harrogate band “Junkyard Angel”, whilst Richard Booth (guitar/vocal), Darryl Hunt (bass) and Simon Bladon (drums) had played in a jazz-influenced band Moonlight Drive. Having completed the film, the band started playing gigs, and writing their own songs, mostly written by Stephenson.

In 1974 Duncan Kerr (guitar/vocals) joined. They changed their name to ‘Glider’ and got a residency at The Kensington, Olympia, London; one of the new pub-rock venues. A band called ‘Glyder’ forced them to change their name, so they became Plummet Airlines. Bladon left and was replaced on drums by Keith Gotheridge, and they played at the Hope and Anchor, Islington, where they met Malcolm Morley (ex Man and Help Yourself) who was living in the pub, and they soon moved in, after Fred Grainger and John Eichler, who ran “The Hope”, became their managers.

They recorded their first Peel Session in August 1976. Dave Robinson, who ran the recording studio at The Hope and Anchor, gave them a one-record deal with Stiff Records who issued their first single: “Silver Shirt” / “This is the World” (BUY 8) produced by Sean Tyla. Morley started jamming with them and joined them for a Dutch tour in 1976, where they also supported Clancy. Morley recorded a solo album, at Foel Studios, using Plummet Airlines as the backing musicians, but the master tape was then lost until 2002, when it was issued as Lost and Found (Hux 34).


Gasper Lawal, who had been in Clancy, joined the band and appeared on their second Peel show in January 1977, and they supported Van der Graaf Generator, Rockpile and other bands. A second single “It’s Hard” / “My Time in a While” was issued on State Records, but Grainger, their manager, could not agree an album deal. They split with Grainger, and sued him for mismanagement, as he was being ousted from “The Hope” by a coup d’état.

When punk arrived, they could not agree on what direction to follow. Booth left first, followed by Stephenson, and the band broke up in 1977. After the band split, Booth compiled a double album of their work, including live and studio recordings. This was issued in 1981 as a double LP On Stoney Ground on Armageddon Records. Three of the band formed The Favourites, a power-pop band. Bass player Darryl Hunt became lead vocalist, while Duncan Kerr on guitar and Keith Gotheridge on drums were joined by Tony Berry, guitar, and Kev Green, on bass, from Derby band the GTs. They played a lot of gigs and recorded two singles on Fourplay Records, covers of Abba’s “SOS” and The Wasps “Angelica”, and belatedly in 2017 released a full LP of unreleased songs from 1978-1979 by Kerr and Hunt, in the wake of an inferior Japanese bootleg.


Gotheridge joined successful doo-wop/ r’n’b band Darts in 1980, joined by Kerr in 1982. Most of the original band still play occasional Darts gigs. Kerr played with The Electric Bluebirds for a while in 1985, joined up again with Booth in Country / honky-tonk band Audio Murphy from 1988-1992, playing in London and doing radio sets for Mary Costello on London radio GLR. From 2000 to 2019, Kerr collaborated with singer/songwriter Michael Proudfoot, releasing 2 CDs “Proudfoot” 2008, produced by BJ Cole, and 2016 “Flower of London” In 2004 there were two reunion concerts in Nottingham and one in London at former manager John Eichler’s pub ‘The Three Kings’, Clerkenwell. In 2006 Kerr appeared in the ‘Richard Booth Band’, along with Ken Whaley (ex Man, and Help Yourself), on bass. Booth now fronts ‘The Richard Booth Trio’ along with keyboard player Andrew Hawkey and David Cornelius Eger on mandolin, releasing an album, Spill the Moon in early 2014.

Harry Stephenson continues to write and perform his material with his band ‘The Last Pedestrians’, which also includes Wayne Evans, front man and bass player of ‘Gaffa’ and occasional bassist for Plummet Airlines, now playing double bass. ‘The Last Pedestrians’ have played in Nottingham pubs since 2004. (wikipedia)


And hear is their first and last album, a double album with studio and live tracks (at the London School of Economics, London and  the Hope & Anchor Club, London) from 1976/77.

And if you like these pretty good period of the British Pub Rock, then you have to listen. Plummet Airlines was a criminally underrated group !

Highlihts are songs like “The Stars Will Shine”, “Dr. Boogie”, (Down At The) Rodeo or “Heart Of Stone”.

With great liner notes by John Tobler ! 

And I include a great and intersting interview with members from Plummet Airlines from 1993.


Richard Booth (guitar, vocals on 08.)
Darryl Hunt (bass, vocals on 04.)
Keith Gotheridge (drums)
Duncan Kerr (guitar, vocals)
Harry Stephenson (vocals, guitar)
Gaspar Lawal (percussion on 05.)


01. Keeping Us Talking (Stephenson) 3.41
02. Water To Mine (Stephenson) 5.45
03. The Stars Will Shine (Stephenson) 4.58
04. Since I Left You (Hunt) 5.21
05. Dr. Boogie (Booth/Hunt/Gotheridge/Kerr/Stephenson) 5.35
06. Last Dance (Stephenson) 4.13
07. I Don’t Give A Damn (Stephenson) 6.30
08. I Dig Rock & Roll (Booth) 3.07
09. Down On The Floor (Kerr) 3.16
10. Oscars (Stephenson) 3.23
11. Heart Of Stone (Hunt) 4.09
12. Keeping Us Talking (live) (Stephenson) 3.44
13. (Down At The) Rodeo (live) (Stephenson) 7.30
14. The Engine Driver (live) (Kerr) 8.00
15. Dr. Boogie (live) (Booth/Hunt/Gotheridge/Kerr/Stephenson) 8.27
16. Casey Jones (live) (Booth/Hunt/Gotheridge/Kerr/Stephenson) 5.48




Christopher Young – Creation – The True Story Of Charles Darwin (OST) (2010)

FrontCover1With a background as a jazz instrumentalist, Christopher Young often incorporates elements of rock, jazz, and especially electronic music into his dynamic orchestral film scores. After emerging on low-budget thrillers and horror films in the early ’80s, his scores for A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985) and Hellraiser (1987) led to steady work on horror, thriller, and sci-fi films throughout the ’90s. Along the way, he also composed music for movies such as John Dahl’s drama Rounders (1998) and the boxing biopic The Hurricane (1999). The 2000s brought work for directors ranging from Lasse Hallström and Curtis Hanson to Sam Raimi, including Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 (2004) and Spider-Man 3 (2007). Young’s projects in the 2010s included The Monkey King (2014) and The Monkey King 2 (2016) for Hong Kong director Cheang Pou-soi.

Beginning his musical career as a jazz drummer, Young was inspired to pursue film composing after hearing the work of Bernard Herrmann. He studied music at Hampshire College in Massachusetts, and followed his bachelor’s degree with further study at North Texas State University. Young moved to Los Angeles in 1980. There, he took classes at the UCLA Film School and studied with legendary composer David Raksin. It wasn’t long before he found work scoring low-budget horror productions like 1982’s The Dorm That Dripped Blood and 1984’s The Power, and action films including 1985’s Barbarian Queen. Later that same year, his music could be heard in A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, which he followed with other more enduring films, such as 1987’s Hellraiser and Flowers in the Attic.

Christopher Young01In the ’90s, Young was an in-demand composer for horror films (1995’s Tales from the Hood), science fiction (1995’s Species and Virtuosity), and thrillers (1995’s Copy Cat, 1998’s Hush), due to his exuberant, suspenseful style. He also worked on the occasional drama, including his Emmy-nominated score for 1996’s Norma Jean and Marilyn and films such as 1998’s Rounders and 1999’s The Hurricane, starring Denzel Washington.

Christopher Young02In 2002, Young earned a Golden Globe nomination for his music for the 2001 Lasse Hallström drama The Shipping News. Highlights of his other work in the decade included the horror films The Grudge (2004) and Ghost Rider (2007), as well as the Sam Raimi films The Gift (2000), Spider-Man 2 (2004), and Spider-Man 3 (2007). He continued to compose a steady stream of scores in the 2010s, including The Rum Diary (2011), based on the Hunter S. Thompson novel, and Tyler Perry’s A Madea Christmas (2013). The action fantasy films The Monkey King and The Monkey King 2 followed in the mid-2010s, and in 2017 Young wrote music for the virtual reality video game Wilson’s Heart, which featured voice work by Hollywood stars including Peter Weller, Rosario Dawson, and Paul Reubens. In 2019, he provided the soundtrack for the film adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. (by by Marcy Donelson)

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Screen composer Christopher Young has a reputation for writing film scores that are better than the films in which they appear, particularly when he works in the horror genre. His work on director Jon Amiel’s Creation, given the subtitle “The True Story of Charles Darwin,” as heard on this soundtrack album, answers the question of what he can do when he is given a more prestigious project to work on. He has also been given a budget and used it to employ an 80-piece orchestra.

Various movie posters:

He uses these resources to create a score that ties into the time period of the film. In particular, he is interested in evoking the styles of Late Romantic and Post-Romantic concert music, especially as purveyed by French composers who were near contemporaries of Darwin (1809-1882), especially Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) and Debussy (1862-1918). Allowed relatively long cues on this album, he develops his ideas in contemplative passages with prominent single-note piano motifs complemented by sweeping string sections. This is music meant to echo the ruminations of the 19th century genius who presented theories still reverberating in the 21st century, even as the music it echoes provided the bridge from the Romantic to the Modern eras. (by William Ruhlmann)


Charles Robert Darwin ( 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all species of life have descended from common ancestors is now widely accepted and considered a fundamental concept in science. In a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace, he introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding. Darwin has been described as one of the most influential figures in human history, and he was honoured by burial in Westminster Abbey.


Darwin published his theory of evolution with compelling evidence in his 1859 book On the Origin of Species. By the 1870s, the scientific community and a majority of the educated public had accepted evolution as a fact. However, many favoured competing explanations which gave only a minor role to natural selection, and it was not until the emergence of the modern evolutionary synthesis from the 1930s to the 1950s that a broad consensus developed in which natural selection was the basic mechanism of evolution. Darwin’s scientific discovery is the unifying theory of the life sciences, explaining the diversity of life.


Darwin’s early interest in nature led him to neglect his medical education at the University of Edinburgh; instead, he helped to investigate marine invertebrates. Studies at the University of Cambridge (Christ’s College) encouraged his passion for natural science. His five-year voyage on HMS Beagle established him as an eminent geologist whose observations and theories supported Charles Lyell’s conception of gradual geological change, and publication of his journal of the voyage made him famous as a popular author.


Puzzled by the geographical distribution of wildlife and fossils he collected on the voyage, Darwin began detailed investigations, and in 1838 conceived his theory of natural selection. Although he discussed his ideas with several naturalists, he needed time for extensive research and his geological work had priority. He was writing up his theory in 1858 when Alfred Russel Wallace sent him an essay that described the same idea, prompting immediate joint publication of both of their theories. Darwin’s work established evolutionary descent with modification as the dominant scientific explanation of diversification in nature. In 1871 he examined human evolution and sexual selection in The Descent of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex, followed by The Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals (1872). His research on plants was published in a series of books, and in his final book, The Formation of Vegetable Mould, through the Actions of Worms (1881), he examined earthworms and their effect on soil. (wikipedia)


Unknown orchestra conducted by Allan Wilson


01. Creation 2.28
02. Princess In The Sky 2.31
03 Unity In Form 2.26
04. Cunning Gunning 2.16
05. Pleasure Perfect 4.44
06. To Emma 4.52
07. Partly Part 5.56
08. The Treatment Of Malvern 2.21
09. Struggle For Survival 3.28
10. The Giant Sloth Of Punta Alta 1.46
11. Fuegan Children 2.05
12. You’ve Killed God, Sir 2.47
13. Knowing Everything I Now Know 5.15
14. Humility And Love 6.22