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CHRISTMAS ALBUM BY THE MELLSTOCK BAND

The Leaves of Life
Songs & Tales of Christmas & Wintertime
mail order price £12.50

Sample Tracks:
Track 23 - The Leaves of Life
Track 1 - The Persian Dance & The Waterloo Dance

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The Leaves of Life
 

THE MELLSTOCK BAND

The Dance at the Phoenix
Village Band Music from Hardy's Wessex and Beyond, with Songs and Poems

Sample Tracks:
Track One - Major Malley's Reel
Track Seventeen - The Choirmaster's Burial & Winterbourne Tune

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The Dance At The Phoenix
 

THE MELLSTOCK BAND

Ghosts & Lovers
Shocking Stories, Wicked Songs & Wild Tunes

Sample Tracks:
Track 1 - Lord Strange
Track 11 - As Pants The Hart
 
 

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Ghosts & Lovers
 

THE MELLSTOCK BAND

Glad Tidings - A West Gallery Christmas
Including some of our best-loved Christmas carols as they would have been heard in Thomas Hardy's time, featuring the voices of Viven Ellis, Helen Chadwick, Jeremy Avis and Ian Giles

Sample Tracks:
Track 1 - Portugal New
Track 4 - Sir Roger de Coverley

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Glad Tidings
 

THE MELLSTOCK BAND

THE THOMAS HARDY SONG BOOK SER012

  Dave Townsend (Director) – Voice, Concertinas
Caroline Butler - Voice,
Baroque Violin
Tim Hill - Clarinet
Phil Humphries – Voice, Serpent, Trombone
Charles Spicer - Spoken Word
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Ian Giles - Harmony Vocals
Mandy Townsend - Harmony Vocals
Michael Taylor - Bass Drum

  Thomas Hardy noted down words and titles of many local songs sung by his family and neighbours.  By combining these with the music from his family’s manuscript music-books and the folk-songs collected in Dorset by Henry and Robert Hammond in the early twentieth century, The Thomas Hardy Song Book presents the singing tradition that Hardy knew as a boy, and which permeates the world of his poems and novels. There are songs of love, seafaring, revelry and the supernatural alongside carols, part-songs and dance music, with spoken extracts from Hardy’s novels. All are linked to Thomas Hardy and his family and neighbours, sung here in complete versions for a modern audience, accompanied by village band instruments fiddle, concertina, serpent, trombone and clarinet.

Sample Tracks:
Track 1 - Hence Away Dull Cares
Track 5 - Henry Martin

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THE LOST CHORD
Phil Humphries - Serpent and Trombone, Dave Townsend - Concertina and Vocals

The Sound Of Leather
New Album by The Lost Chord SER 011. Phil Humphries (Serpent) & Dave Townsend (Concertina) present a selection from their instrumental repertoire. Music cheerful & serious, playful & virtuosic, including gems by Handel, Mozart, Sousa, Sullivan & Tchaikovsky.
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Track 4 - Turkish Rondo
Track 13 - In A Persian Maket

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The Sound of Leather
 

THE CHRISTMINSTER SINGERS
Oxfordshire’s West Gallery Choir, directed by Dave Townsend

William Knapp
West Gallery Anthems & Psalms by the influential eighteenth-century Dorset composer

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Let the Echo Fly
The Story of West Gallery Music from its roots in the sixteenth century to the present day

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The following item is currently only available in sterling:

Dave Townsend’s English Dance Music Vol 1
130 Jigs, Polkas, Hornpipes, Schottisches and Waltzes played on concertina and accordion
Double CD

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SPECIAL OFFER - buy the above double CD and the accompanying book for just £25.00

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BOOKS

OXFORDSHIRE CAROLS
21 West Gallery Carols from Oxfordshire Villages
Compiled & Edited by Dave Townsend
£8.50
Discover the lost heritage of authentic Oxfordshire Christmas Carols. These were sung by the old West Gallery bands that provided the music for many rural parish churches in the area in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a mix of powerful voices, strings and wind instruments, with vigorous rhythms, soaring counterpoint and strange harmonies. It includes carols from Adderbury, Bampton, Charlbury, Great Milton, Hook Norton, Marsh Baldon, Marsh Gibbon and Upper Wardington.
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The Mellstock Carols Vol 1, edited by Dave Townsend
20 West Gallery Carols from the Hardy MSS and other Dorset sources. (2nd. Edition, revised & enlarged)
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The Mellstock Carols Vol 2 Compiled & Edited by Dave Townsend
More West Gallery Carols from Dorset
£8.50 including postage & packing.

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The West Gallery Companion, edited by Dave Townsend
21 Psalms, Hymns & Anthems from the Country Psalmody Tradition
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The Village Band Books
Village Band Book 3, page 15
Village Band Book 3, page 15
 

The Village Band Book Vol 1
English Dance Tunes & Marches arranged by Dave Townsend in three, four or five parts
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The Village Band Book Vol 2
English Dance Tunes & Marches arranged by Dave Townsend in three, four or five parts
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The Village Band Book Vol 3
Popular session tunes in three, four or five parts
£8.50

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The Village Band Book Vol. 4
English Dance Tunes & Marches arranged by Dave Townsend in three, four or five parts
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The Village Band Book Vol. 5
English Dance Tunes & Marches arranged by Dave Townsend in three, four or five parts
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Dave Townsend’s English Dance Music Vol 1
130 tunes in each volume, with chord arrangements and variants
£9.50 per Volume

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Dave Townsend’s English Dance Music Vol 2
130 tunes in each volume, with chord arrangements and variants
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If paying by cheque in sterling, please send your order, with remittance, to:
Serpent Press
22 Swinbourne Road
Littlemore
OXFORD
OX4 4PQ

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