Bill Price – The Fine Old Yorkshire Gentleman (1973/2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 44:18 minutes | 471 MB | Genre: Folk
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Cherry Red Records
Ever since I first heard BILL PRICE back in 1965. I’ve been saying that he should make a record – and here it is at last! I was greatly impressed by Bill’s singing when I met him in Canada; his fine voice and lively interpretation of traditional English songs seemed to me to put him in the first rank of British singers. I’m glad that now he can be heard by a wider audience.
Whilst he was in Canada, Bill and Roger Renwick organised “The Pedlar’s Pack” Folk Club and put on the best evenings of traditional folksinging that Toronto had known.
Bill began singing at the age of 10 and was already known in various Yorkshire Clubs before I met him in Toronto in 1965. When he returned to his native Yorkshire in 1968 he resumed his singing in local clubs and concentrated on finding and performing traditional Yorkshire songs.
In the past year, Bill has been branching out to clubs beyond the Yorkshire borders, building a reputation which has finally led to this, his first record. May he make many more!
Yorkshire is a county of extreme contrasts – the open moors, the dales, the wolds, the cliffs and bays of the East Coast, the small heavy-woollen towns of the Pennine foothils and the industrial sprawl of central and southern Yorkshire.
The face of Yorkshire was greatly changed by the Industrial Revolution, a large part of the population being shifted by economic necessity from the fells and farmland to the cramped, apparently uninspiring conditions of the factories and mill towns. Though the environment changed, the culture was not lost – it adapted and developed new facets. A brief and varied example of these cultures is embodied in this collection of songs from Yorkshire, presented here by BILL PRICE of Dewsbury. Bill is known as a fine singer with a wide and varied repertoire, but he is perhaps never more at home than when he is singing the songs collected in his native county.
1. Bill Price – The Fine Old Yorkshire Gentleman
2. Bill Price – Pony-Driving Song
3. Bill Price – Simon John
4. Bill Price – Cropper Lads
5. Bill Price – Rothwell Debtors Prison Song
6. Bill Price – Kirkby Malzeard Calling On Song
7. Bill Price – The Weavers
8. Bill Price – The Keepers And The Drivers
9. Bill Price – The Fisher Lads Of Whitby
10. Bill Price – Spence Broughton
11. Bill Price – T’Owd Farmer And His Shrew
12. Bill Price – Forster’s Mill
13. Bill Price – Master Smith Said To John
14. Bill Price – The Methody Parson