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.
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)
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)
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