Not Before Time - Ken Wilson
Recorded at Shoebox Studios, Newcastle.
This album is a collection of songs, some of which I have been singing for the past 33 years
and others I have collected along the way. As a young lad back in the seventies, going to my
first folk clubs and festivals I was heavily influenced by all these songs that I hadn't
heard before and the style they were being sung in by the likes of Fred Jordan, The Watersons, Swan
Arcade, Martin Carthy, Peter Bellamy, to name but a few.
I could go on but undoubtedly the greatest impact on me, was the late, great Tony Rose. In my mind,
the finest singer of folk songs I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. He is sadly missed.
As a member of the Wilson Family, I have recorded many times over the years but this is the first
time I have entered a recording studio to record a solo album. As the album title, Not Before Time
suggests, I have been told on numerous occasions by friends and family, not least by my beloved
partner Chris, that I should record these songs.
So, I dedicate this album to Chris and our collective family Adam, Lee, Barrie, Alan and Sian, whom I love
dearly. Special thanks to Barrie & Ingrid Temple, for their kind words of encouragement prior to and
during this recording.
- Rose of Britain's Isle
- Lovely on the Water
- Trimdon Grange*
- A Sailor's Life
- Children of the Earth*
- Twas in One April Morning
- Weary Whaling Ground
- Bampton Fair*
- Tom the Barber
- You won't get me down in your Mine*
- The Royal Oak
- Salisbury Plain
- Chemical Worker's Song*
- Sleep Well*
- Ye Mariners All
- Poor Fellows*
- Little Fighting Chance
- Courting is a Pleasure
- Palaces of Gold*