S&A Projects is a Not-For-Profit organization which
supports and promotes vernacular culture, tradition and lore in England. The
initial fund derived from surplus income from a small weekend festival of
folk singing, but can also accept contributions from a variety of sources.
The recordings which were issued on this CD were
made during a special evening at The White Lion, in Wherwell, Hampshire, in
November 2005, are the first time Jeff’s singing has been issued on CD
solely in his own right: a previous cassette tape on the Veteran label has
long been unavailable, although individual tracks have been re-released on
Jeff defies categorisation as a ‘traditional’,
‘revival’ or ‘source’ singer of folk songs. The tracks include classic
ballads such as The Unquiet Grave or Young and Growing; songs
that Jeff has himself collected – both from old sources and revival singers;
local texts he has created tunes for (he avoids being accused of actually
writing tunes), and even one completely self-penned song. The track
numbering sequence is deliberate – the missing numbers are Jeff’s
introductions to the songs that follow, and are a delight in themselves. By
numbering them separately, you can still find the track you want.
The CD is available from Jeff himself at his bookings, from good retail
outlets of traditional song, or direct from S&A Projects by sending £11.50
(including post & packing) to: S&A projects, Trafalgar House, Castle Street,
Combe Martin, North Devon. EX34 0JD.