Out of the Green

Dedicated to the memory of Ed Weaver who passed away APRIL 10th 2016

Out of the Green was released in November 2011. It’s a collection of six traditional and four contemporary folk songs from England, Ireland and Scotland. It is also the name of the band Tim put together to perform the songs and other gems from the pages of the Tim Readman songbook. For more info on the CD and the band scroll down past the photos on this page. To purchase the CD please visit the BUY MUSIC page. Scroll down past the photos for info on the  musicians and the songs.

THE BAND FEATURING: Tim Readman – acoustic guitar and vocals
Jennie Bice – fiddle and vocals
Ed Weaver – mandola
Allan Dionne – accordion and bodhran
… and on the recording – Bill Buckingham – ‘cello, bass, harmonium, percussion and hammered dulcimer
We also have special guests like Amy Stephen (accordion), Shona Le Mottee (fiddle) and Meredith Bates (fiddle) joining us from time to time.

1. Barleycorn (Trad. Arr. Readman) 4:08
A rousing drinking song in slip-jig time. Everyone has heard the English version covered most notably by Traffic in the 1970’s. This is the Irish version from County Cork. The barley plant is anthropomorphized and his ignoble journey from seed in the ground to deposit in the urinal is both celebrated and lamented.
2. A Pair of Brown Eyes (Shane McGowan) 5:39
A waltz time sway-along classic. The Pogue Chieftain Shane McGowan is a poet and a genius. This is his beautiful and surreal London Irish sing-a-long drinking song.
3. Ballad of Cursed Anna (Jonathan Kelly) 4:55
A driving minor-key folk-rock opus, which tells a familiar tale in the canon of British and Irish folksong of transmogrification between old hag and young beauty. It is given another spooky lease of life by Mr. Kelly’s pen and Mr. Readman’s arrangment.
4. Winter Song (Alan Hull) 5:43
A slow and thoughtful ballad whose chilly seasonal theme should resonate with Canadians. The late, lamented and quite brilliant Alan Hull, socialist, Geordie, and rogue is criminally overlooked outside his native Northumbria. His songs, like the mist on the river, will be with us forever.
5. Limbo (Trad. Arr. Readman) 5:02
A mid tempo wickedly amusing folk ballad, featuring a dilletante who ‘struts like a crow in the gutter’, spends his fortune on women and drinking and then tricks his gullible uncle into bailing him out of debtor’s prison. Upon his release, completely remorseless, he goes straight back to the house of ill-repute to continue his philandering and his journey to damnation.
6. The Barley and the Rye (Trad. Arr. Readman) 3:01
A sprightly waltz time rendition of a familiar folk tale, in which a young woman, married to an old and daft husband, has a lusty affair with a young chap, right under her spouse’s nose … and then persuades him to give her lover a job on his farm.
7. How Will I Ever Be Simple Again? (Richard Thompson) 3:45
A sad, slow ballad set in the troubled streets of Belfast. It’s about the confusion in a soldier’s mind between the terrible experiences of war, and the real innocent simplicity he sees in a young girl.
8. Who Put the Blood (Edward) (Trad. Arr. Readman) 5:31
A brooding and intense murder ballad in which a mother questions her son about his whereabouts and dealings and, as mothers often do, gets to the bottom of things. In doing so she reveals the horrible truth concerning his actions.
9. The Sheep Stealer (Trad. Arr. Readman) 4:34
A sturdy waltz time ballad, concerning ‘a brisk lad whose fortune is bad’. Since desperate times call for desperate measures, he indulges in a little livestock rustling to feed his hungry family. He pins his hopes on his similarity in looks to his land owning brother, which he prays will help him evade the law’s attention.
10. The Cobbler and the Butcher (Trad. Arr. Readman) 4:55
Can there be a jauntier and more saucy song in English folk music? A cheeky little ditty in which an amorous cobbler pushes his luck with the local butcher’s wife and gets his come-uppance at the hands her husband. It’s like a French bedroom farce set to music.