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English Drinking Songs

A.L. Lloyd

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A collection of songs from widely differing periods and places, all sung (with vocal backup from an unnamed group) by the inimitable A.L. Lloyd, who also annotated the pieces. Some of the pieces are presented in variant versions here — "The Foggy Dew," for example, has none of the usual sentimentality, while this version of "Maggie Mae" is as prosaic as any you will find — and others are performed in as bawdy a manner as could be managed in 1961. This is a splendid collection that is well worth seeking out. Lloyd's contributions to the folk revival of the 1950s and 1960s are beyond value. Aspiring traditionalists would be well served in making a point of collecting the Topic CD releases. ~ Steven E. McDonald, Rovi

Biography

Born: February, 1908 in London, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s

A.L. Lloyd is probably not the name that comes to mind first when the subject of English folk music comes up — at least not for anyone under the age of 40. As a singer, collector of folk songs, and arranger, however, Lloyd is one of the most important 20th century figures in...
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