Sleeve Notes (Tape Release)
Illiterate, isolated and lonely people, thrown back on their own resources for entertainment, express themselves and their emotions through song. Most of the songs on this record originated in this way in rural areas of Britain. Some of them travelled to America with the early emigrants, and passing through various changes became traditional American songs. Many of these now appear in a further altered form as jazz or blues numbers. Some still exist in different but recognizable versions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Roy Guest has for many years been a wanderer, throughout Europe and America, pursuing, as a hobby, old songs and folk songs. The songs on this album date from the end of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Everyone likes a party, or at least everyone we know, does, and no one enjoys it more than the Cockneys.
Traditionally a Cockney is someone from within the sound of the bells of Bow Church. They haven't sounded for some time since a bomb fell on the church but in actual fact almost anyone from the East End of London, between the wars, would have been proud to hear the clamour.
The pubs in the East End of London have had a tradition of entertainment for the last century or more. We present here a party as it might occur in any East End pub. All the songs are old ones except Stanley and Dora which is a product of the present folk revival and very amusing.
So, join in and sing. I assure you that no one will know, or care, if you are out of tune or even singing the wrong song.
© ART AND SOUND LTD., LONDON, 1965