Ironlegs & The High Caul Cap

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This is a set of perhaps my two favourite tunes.

The first is ‘Ironlegs’, that I learnt from Tim Howes, who plays the accordion on this recording. (A note for accordion aficionados — for complicated reasons he was only able to record the right hand part, and the inferior left hand part is played by me, on a melodeon, so it’s not his fault!)

The second is ‘The High Caul Cap’. Or is it ‘The Leathern Meets The Wattle-O’? Or ‘The Leathern Meets The Bottle’? Or another name entirely that I recently heard? Anyway, I learnt it from Cat Kelly, who was playing it with one of her bands. And she called it ‘Brown Bread’. Because the B part goes: “dum di dum dum... brown bread!” See?


from Joy & Jealousy, released November 5, 2013
Traditional arranged by James Bell.
Accordion played by Tim Howes.
Fiddle played by Helen Rose.



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James Bell Oxford, UK

I'm a musician based in Oxford, UK. I play guitar and sing. I've been writing and recording songs since 1988 and adapting English traditional music since 2006. I perform solo and with the band James Bell & The Half Moon All Stars.

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