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Studio Album, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Blackleg Miner
2. Little Roving Sailor
3. Mariner Blues
4. The Black Cap
5. An Suisin Ban
6. Medley (The Rose Tree/The Chanter's Song
7. Blackberry Bush/Blackberry Blossom
8. Whistling Jigs To The Moon/The Dancing Master's Reel
9. The Brisk Young Window/Sheffield Hornpipe
10. Seafarer
11. Shepherd O Shepherd/Linnen Hall
12. The Green Cockade
13. Four Drunken Maidens/Rolling In The Hifht Grass
14. Episodes

Line-up / Musicians

- Alison O'Donnell / vocals
- Dave Williams / guitar, vocals
- Jo Dudding / vocals
- Barrie Glen / guitarist
- Denny Lalouette / bass

Releases information

LP Release in South Africa (1978)
CD Releases were later on Kissing Spell and later on Si-Wan Records labels.

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Review by ClemofNazareth
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Prog Folk Researcher
2 stars The most prominent sounds on this album come from former Mellow Candle vocalist Alison O’Donnell, whose other bio credits includes a stint with the multinational folk band Éishtlinn as well as a recent solo release. Mandoliner/guitarist (is ‘manoliner’ a word?) and former O’Donnell mate Dave Williams also appears via Mellow Candle. As far as I know the rest of the band are all some variation of European expatriate. Vocalist Jo Dudding reportedly married guitarist Barrie Glenn and ended up in Canada after this band dissolved, but someone better versed in this type of folk music would know better than I where they came from.

The music here hearkens back to Fairport Convention or Steeleye Span as much as anything else, fairly traditional, conservative, and not really opening up any new avenues musically. That said, the compositions are well enough laid out, the musicianship is solid, and O’Donnell’s voice rivals the quality of Sandy Denny in her brief prime.

The original vinyl release of this album was on the South African Stanyan label, which of course means you’ll never get your hands on it without taking out a second mortgage. The Si-Wan CD reissue isn't too hard to find though, and despite the lack of depth in liner notes it is a good bargain, and was lifted from the original studio masters so the quality is quite decent.

Dudding offers crisp harmonic accompaniment on pretty much every track, and Williams sings throughout as well. These are pretty much traditional Irish and British folk arrangements, with really very little embellishment or innovation offered. Some of the tales seem to be of Tolkien influence. There’s only one (“Little Roving Sailor”) I’m quite sure I’ve heard before somewhere. The rest are as obscure as the band’s name. “The Green Cockade” kind of sounds like the Roche sisters if you’re into that sort of thing.

I’d like to say this is some sort of lost gem of folk music, but really it’s rather run-of-the-mill stuff that isn’t much worth the considerable effort to hunt it down. Mildly recommended to fans of very mellow and traditional Irish folk sounds; for anyone else this probably isn’t worth the trouble. The band’s name is really more interesting than their music. Two stars.

peace

Review by GruvanDahlman
COLLABORATOR Heavy Prog Team
3 stars There is something magical and surreal with folk music. Spanning across ages, both in time and mind, it feels like the past is speaking to you. I have been an avid fan of folk since early days and continue to be enthralled by the genre. I should make it clear that I am mostly talking about british folk, though I appreciate the genre of whatever origin. It's just that I, by way of bands such as Kinks and The Who and that lot, have a certain undying love of all british. It's history, culture and in particular musical expression.

From those rain and wind beaten isles comes great albums from Steeleye Span, Pentangle (and all who participated in that group), John Martyn, Fairport Convention, Barry Dransfield, Nigel Mazlyn and the list could go on forever. Sort of. I suppose what I like the most with folk is the sombre, historic tales of events, not seldom quite violent, such as in the classic 'Matty Groves'. Having now laid bare my love of the genre I need to get on with the album at hand.

The sole album by Flibbertigibbet is one of rarity. The name is wonderful and the cover makes you want to crawl inside it and live there. The album has everything going for it. But once again obscurity rears it's head and let's out not a great roar but a somewhat muffled belch, preceded by what could be understood as a yelp of triumph. On the surface there is really nothing wrong. The musicianship is competent and the vocals are very fine indeed. It all comes down to the material itself and how it is interpreted. 'The blackleg miner' is played in blindening speed, which takes the edge of this dramatic song and that is a shame. The remaining tracks are good, especially 'Mariner blues' which really is a top notch song. One could summarize this album as being good but not outstanding in any way. There are so many other, greater albums to invest time and money in.

Musically it can be likened to Trees, Fairport, Steeleye and many of the classic folk groups of the era, that is the 1970 's. Flibbertigibbet never reaches the heights of any of those groups finest moments. Instead it simmers more than boils with excitement. Nothing out of the ordinary, good but not the least essential.

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