The Ragman's Trumpet


A solo album by Robin Garside

This album was recorded digitally by Ray Williams of North Dalton in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Featured on the recording are Paul Gough and Sharon Fountain on vocals, and Neal Jolley on recorders. Available on CD or cassette by mail order, just contact me.



The Ragman's Trumpet CD cover
Sleeve design by Bryan Ledgard

Click Here for a sample of 'Rout of the Blues' (1.17mb)
Click Here for a sample of 'Death Don't Have No Mercy' (1.6mb)
Click Here for a sample of 'Where the Soul of Man Never Dies' (1.0mb)
Click Here for a sample of 'Ronde' (1.32)
Click Here for a sample of 'Vulcan Road' (1.3mb)
Click Here for a sample of 'Money in Both Pockets' (1.47mb)



1 The Rout of the Blues (Trad arr Garside)
A song about the camp followers of the 'Blues and Royals,' a regiment about which I know very little. Sung by 71 year old Tom Gardiner from Blackwell Worcs. Collected by Cecil Sharp at Armscote, Worcs. 16th Sept 1909.

2 The Game of all Fours (Trad arr Garside)
From Roy Palmer's Songs of the Midlands, sung by George Dunn, collected by Charles Parker, 1971. Originally the song mentions Leominster as the town of origin for the 'hero', but no doubt singers would have added their own home town so I thought Barnsley would be a good Northern substitute. I missed out the rather sombre last verse, 'I wish my baby it was born, sat smiling on his Daddy's knee, and I was in some churchyard lying, with the green grass growing all over me', but added in an extra 'game of all fours' for good measure.

3 Michael's good Fortune. (R Garside)
I wrote this pseudo medieval tune for a friend of mine who had just managed to get a new job for more money. He discovered, however, that 'nobody gets paid for nowt', as we say in Yorkshire, as he was soon regretting the job change when the pressure of work got to him.

4 Death Don't Have No Mercy (Rev Gary Davis)
A really bluesy Gospel song. I saw Gary Davis at the Highcliffe Folk Club when I was young and he was very old, nevertheless, I was really impressed by his brilliant guitar playing and soulful rendition of his songs. He used to play on street corners preaching 'The Gospel' and singing his songs which gave rise to his singing style because he had to make himself heard over the noise of the traffic .

5 Tommy Robin's/Ruthie's Reel (R Garside)
A couple of swinging little tunes on the Strat for my lovely kids.

6 Bonny Glen Shee (Trad arr Garside)
I learned this song from Brian Preston (originally Dewhurst) when I was in Tom Tiddler's ground with Chris Parkinson, Brian and Paul Gough. 'Busk, busk' is something similar to 'there, there' (I think!). The tune is lovely as is the sentiment.

7 Where the Soul of Man Never Dies (Trad)
Originally a 'shape note' hymn, (an American system of notation where the shape of the note denotes pitch). Sharon and Paul help me out on this with some delicious harmonies.

8 Ronde IX (Tielman Susato, 1551)
I've always liked early music so here is a rousing dance tune from the master. Neal Jolley provides the recorders.

9 Vulcan Road (R Garside)
I wrote this song after cycling down the canal towpath near Vulcan Road where I had a chat with a guy who was angling. He explained that the Sheffield steel industry, based originally around that area, had been sold down the river by the factory owners, who imported cheap foreign cutlery, undercutting their own products to make a quick buck. Vulcan Road is now the address of the shopping centre 'Meadow Hell' and the factories have all but disappeared. The name 'Vulcan Road' seemed to be so evocative of the furnaces and forges of Sheffield, named, as it was, after the god of the underworld, that is seemed appropriate to use it to symbolise the loss of past glories.

10 The January Man (Dave Goulder)
One of my all time favourite songs, written by Dave Goulder, singer and dry stone waller. When I'm singing this song I find it hard not to be mentally transported to the countryside, the imagery is so evocative.

11 The Bay of Fundy/Cotton Baggin' (Trad arr Garside)
A couple of reels from across the pond, where I got them from I don't know but they're lively.

12 The Time of His Life (R Garside)
This song was written for my late father, imperfect though it is, it is my small tribute.

13 Sean O'Dhubir (Trad arr Garside)
A lovely Irish air played on the fiddle, accompanied by a sparse guitar.

14 Hey Rattler (Trad arr Garside)
An African American prison 'field holler', about the unbelievably cruel sport of man hunting, where the prison guards would let some prisoners escape just to hunt them down with dogs, 'Rattler' being one of them. The prisoners are offering Rattler a marrow bone if he'll let them escape.

15 Money in Both Pockets/Bimid ag Ol (Trad arr Garside)
A brace of good old fashioned Irish Jigs, the second one's title is in Gaelic and means 'We'll Be Drinking.' I thought they'd fit well together, if we have money in both pockets we'll be drinking, who could argue?
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