'New Electric Muse' cover
LP - Transatlantic Records
(4LPs, UK, 1975)
CD - Castle Communication ESB CD 416
(3 CDs, UK, 1996)
New Electric Muse
The Story Of Folk Into Rock

CD 1:

  1. Introductory Medley
    Steeleye Span: Robbery With Violins;
    Ian Campbell Folk Group: Tail Toddle (extract);
    Dave Swarbrick: Ril Gan Aimn
  2. The Copper Family: Spencer The Rover
  3. Ray & Archie Fisher: The Twa Corbies
  4. Ewan MacColl: The Shoals Of Herring
  5. Shirley Collins, Davey Graham: Pretty Saro
  6. Ian Campbell Folk Group: Rocky Road To Dublin / Drops Of Brandy
  7. The Dubliners: Mason's Apron
  8. The Johnstons: O'Carolan's Concerto
  9. Sweeney's Men: Rattlin' Roarin' Willy
  10. Finbar & Eddie Furey: Colonel Fraser
  11. Gryphon: Kemp's Jig
  12. Fairport Convention: Medley (The Lark In The Morning, Rakish Paddy, Foxhunter's Jig, Toss The Feathers)
  13. Morris On Band: Greensleeves
  14. John Martyn: Eibhlí Gheal Chiún Ni Chearbhaill
  15. Davey Graham: Angi
  16. Davey Graham: She Moves Through The Fair
  17. Bert Jansch: Veronica
  18. Davey Graham: Better Git It In Your Soul
  19. John Renbourn: Waltz
  20. Pentangle: Waltz
  21. Martin Carthy: Scarborough Fair
  22. The Johnstons: Sweet Thames How Softly
  23. John and Beverley Martyn: John The Baptist
Other credits: Compiled by Laurence Aston, Karl Dallas,
    Robin Denselow, David Laing and Robert Shelton.
Edited by Karl Dallas and Laurence Aston.
Notes by Karl Dallas and Laurence Aston
    with additional introductory notes by
    Robin Denselow and David Laing.

Booklet Notes

HIS is allegedly the tune to which William Kemp danced a jig from London to Norwich in 1599, accompanied by a single musician on the three holed pipe and small tabor drum, who must have been as tired as Kemp was at the end of the nine days it took him. Although the frontispiece to his ``Nine Daies Wonder', published in 1600 as a record of the feat, shows Kemp in garb not unlike the Morris Dancers of today, complete with bells round his legs, this tune is quite different from the solo dances you might come across in villages like Bampton, Oxfordshire, where the dancing tradition goes back to before Kemp's time (like Greensleeves, for instance).

Gryphon were a band of musicians on early instruments who graduated via folk rock into a full-fledged art rock band, in the classically-influenced tradition of Yes and Caravan. After playing this tune as the overture to a concert I produced at Southwark Cathedral in 1974, in aid of Sam Wanamaker's Global Playhouse on the South Bank, recorder player and multi-instrumentalist Richard Harvey subsequently played with Richard and Linda Thompson (also in the concert) on their third album, I Want To See The Bright Lights. Kemp's Jig was the first track on Gryphon's first LP, released in 1973. They recorded three more albums for Transatlantic. Richard Harvey is now better known for his feature film and TV drama scores and the other original members of Gryphon have gone their separate ways: bassoon player Brian Gulland back into early music and film scores, guitarist Graeme Taylor into various incarnations of the Albion Band and Home Service, and drummer David Oberlé into the production of hard rock bands.

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