Hello, you are now holding me in your hands, so let me say a few words about the songs on this record, and the people who wrote them.
"ROUNDSTONE RIVER" was written by Phil Coulter and Bill Martin, and was performed by me at the Rio de Janeiro Song Festival, and I'm glad to say we were up there with the winners.
I'm a great admirer of Canada's Gordon Lightfoot, and I love this romantic song about a man without his love, of a winters evening. Its called "SONG FOR A WINTERS NIGHT.
Ralph McTell's beautiful and biting "STREETS OF LONDON" reminds us that there are a lot of people worse off than we are.
Another Lightfoot number, "I'LL BE ALRIGHT".
"WHISKEY ON A SUNDAY" is known the world over and it was great to be the first to record it. The buskers with their dancing puppets are long gone, unfortunately.
"WALKING IN DEW" is a reworking of an old Irish love song.
Pat and Victoria Garvey, two Californians prominent on the American Folk Scene, gave me "DON'T ANSWER ME".
The great American songwriter, Barry Mann, wrote this one for me, "LISA WAS" and Phil Coulter did the arrangement.
Well, I told you Lightfoot was a favourite of mine and here's another of his, about an old man dying a lonely death. THE OLD MAN CAME HOME FROM THE FOREST".
"EVERYTIME" is one of Tom Paxton's great love songs. Its beautifully romantic, and its been a favourite of mine for years.
And of course, everybody loved the Beatles, and this Lennon — McCartney song, THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD" is superb.
Barry Mann winds up the elpee with his "SOMETHING BETTER".
Hope you like it. See you next elpee.