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

Recording artist. Singer. Guitarist. Songwriter. Producer. Performer of traditional English music. Not interested in being famous. Very interested in making good music. Prone to stubbornly ignore the advice of friends in the pursuit of a singular and unique artistic vision, only to admit in a couple of years that, yeah, okay, that particular thing didn’t really work. ... more

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