['Bib & Tuck' cover]
CD - Park Records PRKCD61
(UK, 2002)

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Maddy Prior & the Girls:
Bib & Tuck

  1. Accappella Stella [2:17]
  2. I Am The World [2:06]
  3. Stitch In Time [2:51]
  4. Hush Hush [3:18]
  5. Rain [4:15]
  6. Sweet Thames Flow Softly [4:43]
  7. Down In The Valley [1:51]
  8. I Need You To Turn To [3:10]
  9. Drop Of Blood [3:36]
  10. Sparkling Rills [1:48]
  11. True Colors [3:22]
    The Cotton Triangle:
  12. Blow Boys Blow[2:18]
  13. The Dead Are Not Dead [1:06]
  14. Homeless [1:46]
  15. Haul Her Away [2:03]
  16. Cotton Fields [3:12]
  17. Blow The Man Down [1;18]
  18. Cropper Lads [2:51]
  19. Doffin' Mistress [1:25]
  20. Liverpool Judies [4:25]
musicians: Maddy Prior - vocals
Rose Kemp - vocals, acoustic guitar
Abbie Lathe - vocals, acoustic guitar, drum, piano
Nick Nolland - keyboards, percussion (t.12,15,16,18,19)
Tony Poole - 12 string guitar (t.9,15,18,19)
Rick Kemp - bass (t.12,18,19)
Robin Jowett - melodion (t.12,15)
Giles Lewin - fiddle (t.18)
other credits: Produced by Tony Poole with Maddy, Rose & Abbie
Recorded at Lofty Towers and The Warehouse Studios,
Engineered by Tony Poole and Steve Watkins
Mastered by Denis Blackham at Country Masters
Sleeve design by Chris Sands
© 2002 Park Records

N o t e s

Accappella Stella

      This 70s song of foresight was written by Rick Kemp, before women had fully claimed the independence they now enjoy. - Maddy

I Am The World

      If planet earth could talk I think it would sound something like this. This is a very romantic view of what I think the planet would say to us about the way we treat it. - Rose

Stitch In Time

      I'm assured that this song is based on 3 true story. One would like to think so, because one of the effects of abuse is to rob the abused of their self-esteem and ability to act independently. The woman in this song does not suffer that indignity. - Maddy


      This song is a simple celebration of rain. Inviting us all not to automatically protect ourselves, but to enjoy its life-giving freshness and maybe experience a feeling of being more 'connected' to this plane. - Abbie

Sweet Thames Flow Softly

      Ewan McColl had a brilliant line in romantic songs, although I always had the impression that he valued his political output more highly. Among his more personal songs are 'First time ever I saw your face' which has become an unlikely classic of the pop world. He had a wonderful knack of taking the unromantic (Dirty OldTown) and turning it around. So with thisr song. The names of the Thames docks and river stopping places act as a theme for this warm, hopeless love song. - Maddy

I Need You To Turn To

      In a bar in Dorset, several years ago, I heard three girls singing this song, written by Elton John & Bernie Taupin. Their harmonies and voices were so exquisite I was deeply moved. They were called "The Maudlin Girls": Hannah Lovegrove, Naomi Ward and Jenny Billet. Sadly, Jenny died at age 25, leaving behind a stunned community. I was called upon to sing with the remaining two girls at a memorial concert forJenny. It's this song that has a spirit of Jenny about it,so clear and present that one is left feeling uplifted and grateful that she gave so much in such a short life. - Abbie

Drop Of Blood

      This song has a sweet and soothing melody which creates a powerful contrast to the graphic lyrics. The song sets a scene of witches concocting a spell to exorcise the demons from an ejvil, sinful woman so that the witches can have the powers of the demon for their own. - Rose

The Cotton Triangle

      The Cotton Triangle is the phrase used by historians to describe the trading phenomena that involved the sailing to West Africa to pick up slaves, taking them across the Atlantic to work in the cotton fields of the Southern States of America, and to complete the triangle bringing the raw cotton back to the Lancashire cotton mills to be spun and woven into cloth.
      The first moves to develop plantations in the colonies came from the English discovery of tropical crops such as tea and coffee, with sugar to sweeten them, and tobacco to smoke with them. Coffee houses became the fashionable place to be, and as the trade increased, these products spread throughout the whole society.
      In the early 1700s tobacco was the main crop, grown by white landowners and white indentured servants, with only the occasional black slave. In the mid-1700s slaves were imported in greater numbers as the plantations expanded. As the black slaves became more associated with certain work, then the white labourers refused to do it, and so the need for slaves increased. Cotton (gossypium plant) had first been known in Egypt and India, and India could have supplied the English trade, but the stupidity of British rule kept the peasants too poor, with high taxation, to be able to afford to raise a cash crop. And so the trade moved to other parts of the world. To the Carribean and South America and the Southern States. But the engine that powered this trade was slavery.

Blow Boys Blow
      It is sometimes said th3t the first people the English colonised were the English, And certainly life for the 'lower orders' in the period of industrialisation was grim. The navy had always been a hard life, but the trip to the west coast of Africa was one of the worst. Fever would decimate crews as they waited for months for the deliveries of slaves from the interior. The slave ships were hated and avoided if possible because not only was it a long, fifteen month round trip, but the vessels were reputed to have stunk so much that they could be smelt 20 miles away.

The Dead Are Not Dead
      The Africa that the sailors found was a land of spirits and ancestors. The Africans believed that their ancestors remained with them and inhabited 3ft their world and had to be placated with rituals. The people averted misfortune or malicious spells by the use of grisgris or amulets worn on their person. This was known as tovodoun in Dahomey which became the source of voodoo in the New World, a continuation of the negro religion which went underground and became mysterious and frightening to the whites.

      Because the spirits of the dead inhabited every part of the landscape, and defined a man's life and position in the universe, it was even more devastating for them to be stolen away from all they knew. They were usually put on ships with captives from other tribes so that they could not communicate and cause insurrection. A total loss of identity.

Haul Her Away
      One of the interesting points about traditional music is that hard conditions do not necessarily produce sad music. The harsh conditions of sailors never seems to have detracted from their enthusiasm for life, and this rugby-style song is oblivious to the grim quality of the Middle-Passage, that agonising journey across the Atlantic to the plantations of the West Indies and America.

Cotton Fields
      One of the great sources of consolation to the slaves was music. There was much debate among the whites as to whether it was a good idea to convert the slaves to Christianity, because some of them realised that as brothers in Christ they would need to see them as equals. Many whites even looked to the captivity of the Israelites as 3 blueprint for the plantation situation, with the explanation that it was a part of the negro's development! But many did convert and developed a whole style of gospel singing which has been a fundamental element of all popular music ever since.

Blow The Man Down
      The fragile nature of the cargoes crossing the ocean and the development of marine technology prompted the introduction of fast sailing clipper ships. The Black Ball Line was the first company to guarantee sailing times, which in turn entailed even more rigorous discipline on its ships. The sailors met this challenge with resentment mixed with a certain machismo.

Cropper Lads
      Meanwhile back in north-west England, in the cotton mills of Lancashire, all was not well. Again, developments in the technology of weaving were putting many in the overcrowded mill towns out of work. In their desperation they turned to violence and formed in gangs to try and halt the inexorable elimination of their livlihoods by smashing the new inventions. But nothing could stop the advance of King Cotton. The industrialists simply brought in the military, even though Charles Dickens, the most popular novelist of the day, satirised the stance of these bloated, greedy patriarchs, it made no difference. Nothing seemed to deflect the headlong charge of industrial progress.

Doffin Mistress
      Doffers put the spools on and off the spinning machines. They tended to be young girls because of their dexterity and this song has a child-like feel to it, in it's cheeky favouritism.

Liverpool Judies
      Doffers put the spools on and off the spinning machines. They tended to be young girls because of their dexterity and this song has a child-like feel to it, in it's cheeky favouritism.

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