Dawn to Dusk in the Black Country

Giggetty and Jim Wm Jones

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1 April Sunrise over Dudley Town Langtry
2 Work Mi' Lads Langtry
3 The Bargee Langtry, Whalley, Hipkiss
4 Leggin' Boats Whalley / Trad
5 Heart of the Black Country Green
6 Wombourne Common Langtry
7 Bandy Legged Left Raven / Trad
8Black Country Bred Green
9Four Men of the Black Country Green / Trad
10 Tearin` Mi Black Country Down Green
11 Skies and Views (Poem)J W Jones
12 From Under the Smoke (Poem)J W Jones
13 Billy One-Up (Poem)J W Jones
14 Aw-Dee o'de Tree (Poem)J W Jones
15 O'de Age (Poem)J W Jones
16 I Was Born Here (Poem) J W Jones

Recorded over a weekend in 1975 at Mid Wales Sound Studio this album was engineered by Alan Green and produced by Giggetty. The band comprised, at that time, Graham Green (12 string guitar and accordian). Brian Langtry (guitar, mandolin and melodica), Dave Whalley (5 string banjo and whistles) and Glyn Halford (guitar). Jim William Jones contributed six glorious poems. Barry Hipkiss played  piano and Roy Deer (later to become a full time member of the group) guested on electric bass and guitar.

Giggetty was formed in 1971 some 6 months after founder member Brian Langtry had opened a folk club in Wombourne near Wolverhampton. They then became the resident group at the club which ran with a great deal of success booking both local and name artists for some further 5 years until the premises became unavailable. The original line up was Brian Langtry, Graham Green, Dave Whalley and Ken Ash.
They began to write their own material and in 1974, after the release of their first album, made their inaugural TV appearance on BBC Midlands Today. They went on through the 70’s and early 90’s to make some 80 local and national TV appearances along the way finding time to compose music for BBC documentaries, TV intro tunes and a number of Black Country radio adverts. Their focus in all things Black Country, quirky and accessible humour and song style quickly found favour amongst the natives of this fascinating discreet area of the Midlands. They formed “The Giggetty Black Country Show” in 1973 comprising Giggetty, guest comedians, poets Ron Burns and Jim William Jones, historian Winston Homer and of course the Black Country’s very own Aynuk and Ayli. This show in various guises toured theatres, village halls, schools, clubs etc at an annual rate of over 100 gigs per year until 1997 when Brian Langtry was unable to continue due to ill health.
Further information can be found at www.giggetty.co.uk where the digitally re-mastered CD “Dawn to Dusk in the Black Country” can be purchased.

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