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Shirley Collins and The Albion Country Band
United Kingdom

Years: 1971
Styles: Folk Rock


Shirley Collins - Vocals (in band: 1971)
Ashley Hutchings - Guitar, Percussion (in band: 1971)


Richard Thompson - Guitar (in band: 1971)
Simon Nicol - Guitar, Vocals (in band: 1971)
Dave Mattacks - Drums, Rhythm Sticks (in band: 1971)
Ian Whiteman - Piano (in band: 1971)
Roger Powell - Drums (in band: 1971)
Tim Renwick - Drums (in band: 1971)
Lol Coxhill - Alto saxophone (in band: 1971)
Maddy Prior - Hammered Dulcimer, Vocals (in band: 1971)
Dave Bland - Concertina, Dulcimer (in band: 1971)
Tony Hall - Accordion, Melodeon (in band: 1971)
John Kirkpatrick - Accordion (in band: 1971)
Alan Cave - Bassoon (in band: 1971)
Alan Lumsden - Ophicleide (in band: 1971)
Francis Baines - Hurdy Gurdy (in band: 1971)
Barry Dransfield - Fiddle, Vocals (in band: 1971)
Steve Migden - French Horn (in band: 1971)
Colin Ross - Northumbrian pipes (in band: 1971)
Royston Wood - Vocals (in band: 1971)
Lal Waterson - Vocals (in band: 1971)
Mike Waterson - Vocals (in band: 1971)
Gregg Butler - Serpent (in band: 1971)
Trevor Cozier - Jew's harp (in band: 1971)
Dolly Collins - Vocals (in band: 1971)
Nic Jones - Fiddle, Vocals (in band: 1971)

Biography Picture    Shirley Collins married her second husband Ashley Hutchings in 1971. He left Steeleye Span that year and he and Collins assembled the first incarnation of the Albion Country Band to accompany her on the 1971 album No Roses.

    No Roses is an album by  Shirley Collins and the Albion Country Band. It was recorded at Sound Techniques, and Air Studios in London, in the summer of 1971. It was produced by Sandy Roberton and Ashley Hutchings. It was released in October 1971 on the Pegasus label.

    It is very unusual to have 27 musicians and singers on an album of traditional folk songs. It happened because people simply dropped in during recording sessions and were asked to join in. "The Murder of Maria Marten", a lengthy song about the Red Barn Murder, is broken into segments, with parts of British folk rock alternating with more traditional parts featuring Shirley Collins' voice and a hurdy-gurdy drone.

     Some songs, for instance "Poor Murdered Woman" and "Murder of Maria Marten", feature large parts of the Fairport Convention line-up of late 1969 (Liege and Lief). In fact, Fairport Convention member Ashley Hutchings appears on all, Simon Nicol and Richard Thompson on eight, and Dave Mattacks on three of the nine songs on this album.

    Claudy Banks includes a composed duo performance by Alan Cave on bassoon and British free jazz saxophonist Lol Coxhill – his only performance ever in the context of British folk music.  "Hal-An-Tow" features members of the two acclaimed folk vocal groups The Watersons (Lal and Mike Waterson) and The Young Tradition (Royston Wood). Both drummer Roger Powell and pianist Ian Whiteman previously played together in the band Mighty Baby.

     The album title No Roses are the last words of the first verse of the folk song "The False Bride" (I went down to the forest to gather fine flowers, but the forest won't yield me no roses.), which Shirley Collins sang on her EP Heroes in Love in 1963.



No Roses (Oct, 1971)

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