1 Salmon Tails up the Water. A common folk tune played by us with a key change and a speed change. [2:36] }

2 Dingle Regatta. A fairly corny tune, often heard in pub sessions, but it has the merit of having 48 bars, so is very useful for various dances that require extra length. Don't turn up the sound on the very quiet dulcimer introduction.[2:26]

3 The Tempest. An unusal tune in that each of the four sets of 8 bars is slightly different from the last instead of repeating in two pairs. There is a dance of the same name. This tune is squeexbox heaven (or hell) with melodeon and concertina prominent.[1:58]

4 The Foxhunter's Jig, Top the Candle. This is a slip jig, or a tune played in 9/8 time. It is played by lots of bands, but the trick is to keep the emphasis on the 9/8 time. Top the Candle features a fiddle melody solo with a deep keyboard bass. [3:03] }

5 The Hullichan Jig, the New Rigged Ship, Major Mackie's Jig, the Perfect Cure. A good group of tunes for all sorts of dances. This set runs to dance length, so if you feel like rolling back the carpet, go ahead. [4:07]

6 Back to Front Jig, the Cuckoo's Nest. The Cuckoo's Nest is an old folk song with fairly explict words. It is also commonly played as a Morris tune, which is how we came across it. The Back to Front Jig was composed by Jef Bates and is in the same style. [2:39]

7 The Curly Headed Ploughboy, Bonny Breast Knot. The harmonica is much in evidence on these two lively tunes. The changeover and sound of the tabor on the second tune give the dancers a lift. [2:27]

8 Captain Maguire, Soldier's Joy. Two lively tunes. Soldier's Joy is heard a lot, Captain Maguire's less so. [ 2:35]

9 Untitled Jig, the Muses. There are numerous tunes around that rejoice in the name of Untitled Jig and this just happens to be one of them. The Muses features a duet with mandolin and fiddle. [2:37]

10 Galopede, Fall of Cadiz.  A harmonica introduction leads us into Galopede. Some members of the band believe it brings bad luck on the evening if we don't start with this. Actually it is hard to beat Galopede as an opening dance and the tune is pretty good on its own. But we have teamed it with the Seige of Delhi. The minor changeover adds to the impact.This set is long enough for you to use for various dances.[3:09]

11 Portland Fancy, Morgan Ratler. We have used these for a dance called Portland Fancy, but they don't get played much these days, possibly because of they are quite tricky in places. [2:11]

12 Parson's Fairwell, London Pride. The start of this sounds like a red indian war dance (I can say that since I am descended from the Chippawa Tribe). The strong tabor provides the backbone for various other instruments to join in through the first tune and keeps the link into London pride with its minor feel and accordian dominated melody. [2:44]

13 Arkansas Traveller, Liberty. These are two American tunes that would feel at home at a square dance. The piano joins half way through the first tune and has a distinctly double bass sound to it. In keeping with the American theme we often call a Canadian style square dance for this set. [2:29] }

14 The Man in the Moon, the Star of County Down. The Anglo concertina introduces this set of two waltzes, the first being major and lively, the second minor and more sombre. [2:33]

15 Joe Hutton was such a well known folk musician that this march was composed for him. This dulcimer introduces and provides the framework for the rest of the band. [2:16]

About the production

This is the first album produced by Kick Shins. It was recorded on an old analogue 4-track machine on 29 April 1990 in the Hewlett-Packard office at Winnersh in a room called Santa Rosa. This building has since been demolished and replaced by a Sainsbury supermarket. All tracks were recorded in a single day's session and most tracks were recorded in one single, live take.

As you can imagine, we did not use any sophisticated recording equipment and so the sound is a little rough and ready. Nevertheless, we think it has its own charm, and for posterity we thought we'd like to produce a CD copy, since the original copies were issued only on cassette tape and most were wearing out. With the wonders of digital technology the original master was copied onto a PC and, using Cubase, some of the worst noises were taken out. Unfortunately, the original master has a lot of analogue hiss and mains hum. To take this out completely would leave virtually no signal, so please forgive the odd noises.