Sunday, October 21, 2007

Four Oul Songs

Continuing the music testing here with 4 songs once again digitised from old 78s that belonged to my great aunt Rhoda. The first two are from a 78 by a group called The Gleaner Quartet from Belfast, recorded during the 40s or 50s. They are both classic old hymns that you might know already:

The Gleaner Quartet - If We Never Meet Again

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The Gleaner Quartet - Victory In Jesus

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The second two are from a 78 by American duo The McCravy Brothers, once again this is one of Rhoda's old records. The significant aspect of this is that I can remember being taught both of these at Sunday School in Carrowdore Mission Hall by Rhoda, and singing them at the annual Sunday School Christmas Prizegiving - not as a solo, but with the rest of my Sunday School class. The McCravy Brothers are a pretty obscure American gospel duo so it's amazing that the record made its way to the Low Country at all! Absolutely BRILLIANT simple "brother duet" harmony singing, great banjo, and bell sound effects. I've left a crackly intro on all of these - I think it adds something to them

The McCravy Brothers - The Glorious Gospel Train

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The McCravy Brothers - Does This Train Go To Heaven

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Hope you enjoy these.

5 comments:

CyberScribe said...

Any recordings of Sammy Wilson and the Gospelairs ( how do you spell that? I remember them playing at a youth meeting at my old church in Bangor which is now a funeral home.

Mark said...

Hi there CS;
Is that Rosemary Park Baptist in Bangor? I have an old LP by a bluegrassy style group from Belfast, I think recorded around 1980, called "The Gospel Heirs" - not to be confused by a Glaswegian trio of the same name who are around these days.

I didn't know that Sammy had a musical career! I'll ask around and see what I can do - might even digitise the Gospel Heirs LP and post in on the blog too.

Cheers
Mark

CyberScribe said...

Yes I attended a Happy Bappy church.I'd also some friends in Carrowdore and called in @the Gospel hall there. I vaguely remember your aunts and was it Mr Somerville was the leading elder then.

Sammy W played guitar very very quietly. I reckon he's made up for it since :-)

Mark and Diana Jeffery said...

When I was very young I had a 78 record of The glorious Gospel Train and Does the train Go to Heaven. I still know the words and tune. I broke it many years ago. Now I find it here. I found it nowhere else. But I cannot play it!! Is there an alternative. I would love to hear it again. After all it was my one and only favourite record - here in Cornwall, England.

Mark and Diana Jeffery said...

When I was very young I had a 78 record of The glorious Gospel Train and Does the train Go to Heaven. I still know the words and tune. I broke it many years ago. Now I find it here. I found it nowhere else. But I cannot play it!! Is there an alternative. I would love to hear it again. After all it was my one and only favourite record - here in Cornwall, England.