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Ramblin' Rod And His New Morris Van - (I Can Do The) Molly Dance download mp3

Ramblin' Rod And His New Morris Van - (I Can Do The) Molly Dance download mp3
Ramblin' Rod And His New Morris Van - (I Can Do The) Molly Dance download mp3

Tracklist

A (I Can Do The) Molly Dance 3:25
B Beggar Boys 2:40

Companies, etc.

  • Published By – Leaves Music
  • Record Company – SRT Productions Ltd. – S83CUS1979

Credits

  • Arranged By – Rod Fitzpatrick
  • Producer – Pete Jostins


Comments: (1)
Ishnsius
Below taken from Andrew Clifton's website, Leaves MusicRamblin' Rod was Rod Fitzpatrick, then Head of Science at Sawtry Village College. He had developed a folksinging act in the Hereford and Worcester area, and at Sawtry he formed folk and morris groups with students and locals for fundraising and charity events.In 1983 BP sponsored a schools competition combining music, dance and costume design. Sawtry decided to enter, updating a molly (a Cambridgeshire version of morris dancing) with a pop disco beat. Some spectacular streamered costumes were designed and a dance routine sketched out. Rod worked with Blue Mist on an original arrangement of the traditional tune "Shepherd's Hey", including new lyrics. The competition tape of "(I Can Do The) Molly Dance" was recorded at Stix and produced by Pete Jostins of Sudden Sway, probably Peterborough's greatest contribution to rock history, and certainly one of the most original bands ever. He contributed several excellent ideas, including electronically lowering the lads' voices by octaves so that they sounded like gruff old farmworkers. Unfortunately the mixdown was spoilt by a few rogue notes from a previous session by another band. The tape was edited to be long enough for the competition, but not for the planned single.In compensation, Pete produced the single for free the following week. It proved difficult to recapture the innovative and enthusiastic mood. Nothing sounded right. It was several hours before a play of the original tape revealed that Adrian had accidentally used a completely different drum pattern when he laid down his track right at the start of the session. Thankfully he was able to replace this in one take by playing along with the guitars and accordion tracks. Rod recorded the B-side "Beggar Boys" in one take too.As the lads weren't keen to have their Blue Mist image diluted, they were punningly renamed New Morris Van for this single (SVC 2692). It sold pretty well, especially after an amusing but very positive review by singer-songwriter Billy Bragg in the indie monthly New Zigzag.The BP competition? The entry fell at the first (postal) hurdle. The judges thought the music unoriginal (whereas PRS/MCPS judged it should receive full royalties!) and they didn't understand the dance. A girls' school performing the can-can won the competition...
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