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On Clay Hill

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On Clay Hill
On Clay Hill


From Here Records release Stick In The Wheel harmony singer Fran Foote's debut album with her mother, Belinda Kempster. Belinda began singing traditional songs in the 1960s: "Our family has a history of farming and working on the land; these songs come from that way of life at work and at play". She met her husband in a folk club, and Fran grew up immersed in the local folk scene, learning songs from her parents from a very young age. Many of their songs were learned from Fran's great uncle and farm labourer Ernie Austin, who was recorded for Topic's 'Voice of the People' release 'Flash Company' in 1974. Austin lived and worked in the small village of Bentley, just outside Colchester, and sang songs related to his work and recreation. Stuff you'd sing down the pub. 'Ernest Austin is now 83 years of age and he lives in a small village to the east of Colchester in Essex. This collection of songs are made up of those taught to Belinda by Ernie and from private family recordings. Also included are personal favourites from Belinda's repertoire: "we want our family's music to be documented - this is the tradition of our family and singing these songs together feels like coming home". Clay Hill Road is an area of Basildon that Belinda and Fran have always lived near.


  1. Name
  2. John Barleycorn
  3. The Sheep-Shearing Song
  4. The Dark Eyed Sailor
  5. Bushes And Briars
  6. Female Drummer
  7. Little Bugger
  8. Dearly Missed
  9. Nutting Girl
  10. Knife In The Window
  11. Bonny Labouring Boy
  12. Tarry Trousers
  13. Ernie's Song
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