Recordings

Hymn to Che Guevara
Album cover - Hymn to Che Guevara
Album cover – Hymn to Che Guevara

Michael Raven and Joan Mills’ second LP on the Folk Heritage label. Early 1970s. Only 100 were pressed. This, and the Death and the Lady LP, will cost you £300 each today, if you can find a copy of either one.

 

Album cover of A Shorpshire Lad
Album cover of A Shropshire Lad

A Shropshire Lad
Michael Raven (guitar)
Joan Mills (vocals)
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CDMR69 An 80 minute CD. 17 Housman poems, set to traditional melodies, alternate with 20 Welsh tunes arranged for solo guitar. Released 1994. A companion book is available. Just as a matter of interest, Housman refused to let his poems be broadcast by the BBC unless they were put to melodies and sung.

Click on play below to hear a sample of the track “True Lover”

Sample Track 9 – Along the Fields

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Welsh Guitar

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Welsh Guitar – Michael Raven

Michael Raven
Price £7.50 (CD)
CDMR7
Recordings of Welsh airs and dances. The music of all 47 recordings are published in the book Welsh Guitar. Playing time 80 minutes. Straight, honest recordings with no editing or effects. The guitar is a custom-made Lowden. Recorded in 1995 in a cottage in the Welsh borders. Michael Raven was born in Cardiff and went to Towyn Grammar School, near Aberdovey.

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Recital

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Recital – Michael Raven and Joan Mills

Michael Raven (guitar)
Joan Mills (vocals)
Price £6.50 (CD)
CDMR70 This is a companion recording to the book English Folk Guitar Book 4. Songs and guitar solos alternate. There are 24 tracks in all,, including Raglan Road, Illic Jacet (Housman), Moorlough Shore, Fortune my Foe, Lass from the Low Country, Minuet de la Cour, and Brisk Young Widow, etc. 79 minutes playing time. “Classic performances.” Derek Giffard

Sample track 1 – Lass from the Low Country

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Flowers of Picardy

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Flowers of Picardy – Michael Raven and Joan Mills

Michael Raven (guitar)
Joan Mills (vocals)
Price £6.50 (CD)
CDMR73 Songs alternate with instrumentals and poems throughout. There are 28 tracks with a playing time of 77 minutes. Titles include Dancing Lady, Robin Hood’s Dance, Trecynon Polka, Adson’s Saraband, Over the Wall, Paris Polka, Cluster of Nuts, etc.

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Songs and Solos

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Songs and Solos – Michael Raven and Joan Mills

Michael Raven (guitar)
Joan Mills (vocals)
Price £6.50 (CD)
CDMR68. An 80 minute CD. 24 guitar solos and 13 songs. Released in 1994. Traditional and contemporary. “Quite exceptional”, Nick Beale, Folk Roots. A companion book is available. See under Guitar Music.

Sample track 16 – Waiting for Wages

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Songs and Dances of Herefordshire

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Songs and dances of Herefordshire, Michael Raven and Joan Mills

Michael Raven (guitar)
Joan Mills (vocals)
with guests Pat and Roy Palmer Price £9.99 (CD)
CDMR76. Duration 79 minutes. 16 songs, 10 guitar solos, 3 viola tunes and 4 poems. Some enchanting music, most of it previously unrecorded. Many of the songs were collected at the Ross Workhouse, demolished in 1995. All the music on the CD is printed in the Ross Workhouse Songbook.

Sample Track 7 – Banks of Sweet Primroses

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Retrospective

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Retrospective – Michael Raven

Michael Raven
Price £7.50 (CD)
CDMR75. 35 tracks with 72 minutes playing time of solo guitar. Consists of three parts: all the tracks but one from Gipsy: A Variety of Guitar Music (Cambrian SCLP610) recorded in one three hour session in 1973; the Suites in E and D from A Miscellany of Guitar Music (broadside BRO124) recorded in 1977; and An English Collection 1, recorded in 1995.

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Taming the Dragon’s Strings

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Taming the Dragon’s Strings, Michael Raven and Joan Mills

Michael Raven (guitar)
Joan Mills (vocals) Price £7.50 (CD)
CDMR71. Duration 71 minutes. 23 guitar solos, 2 Housman songs (The West, and Loveliest of Trees), and 21 original poems from Song of the Fox, recited by Michael Raven. Guitar solos include the very popular Spanish Morris, Christmas at Soulton Hall, and Lovely on the Water. Amongst the poems are Foxy’s Flying, Dark-haired Daughters and Pell Wall Hall.

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The Reynardine Tapes

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The Reynardine Tapes

Michael Raven (guitar, cittern, mandolin, bass, organ);
Joan Mills (vocal, guitar, drum);
John Rose (fiddle);
Ado Morris (tin whistle, guitar)
Price £3.50
CDMR72. Duration 75 minutes. 22 tracks, 10 with Reynardine recorded In 1979. Songs and lively dance tunes. Titles include the band versions of Queen of the Night, Hungarian Hat, and Three Hearty Young Poachers, and the increasingly popular Old Dublin Fireman, recorded by Mike and Joan in 1995. There are also two concert guitar solos – the Lichfield Bower Processional, and the epic Tarantos.

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The Halliard : Jon Raven/The Jolly Machine

SORRY SOLD OUT — SORRY SOLD OUT — SORRY SOLD OUT

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The Halliard

Nic Jones, Dave Moran, Nigel Pattison, Mike Raven & Joan Mills with Saga (2-LP reissue)

CDMR77. Duration 79 minutes. This CD is a slightly modified reissue of two LP records. The Halliard: Jon Raven (Broadside BRO 106), first issued in 1968, was made for the Halliard’s farewell tour and contains some of their best known songs: Going for a Soldier Jenny, Lancashire Lads, Calico Printer’s Clerk, and Ladies Don’t Go a Thievin’, etc. Two tracks from The Black Country Three (Transatlantic TRA 140) have been included. The Jolly Machine (Folk Heritage FHR 053) was recorded by Michael Raven and Joan Mills with Derby group Saga in 1974. All the songs are in the Jolly Machine book. The Black Country Three end the proceedings with the Dudley Canal Tunnel Song. 29 tracks in all.

 

My Old Friend

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My Old Friend, Michael Raven and Joan Mills

Michael Raven and Joan Mills
with guest Johnny Collins
Price £4.50 (CD)
CDMR80. Five guitar solos – Abbot’s Bromley Horn Dance, Sheba’s Daughter, Squire Mytton’s Gallop, Grey Valley, and Spanish Morris – and 13 songs, almost all by Mike Raven: My Old Friend (for a much missed dog called Pirate), Errol Flynn, Song for Diana, Che Guevara (once released as a single), Is My Dear Lord Asleep?, English Lanes, John Collins, Rebel Leader’s Lament, Maid from the Northlands, My Bonny Lads Away, Loveliest of Trees. All the music and words of the songs and transcriptions of all the guitar solos are printed in a 36 page booklet which comes free with the CD. This highly acclaimed recording was released in 1998. Duration: 60 minutes.

Sample – Track 1 My Old Friend

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Gipsy English

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Gipsy English, Michael Raven

Michael Raven
Price £7.50 (CD)
CDMR81. True solo guitar recorded in a country house in the Welsh Marches with no editing or studio enhancements whatsoever. Titles are: Lisa Lan/Road to Towyn, Coalisland Massacre, Cat Tails Polka, Lament for Limerick, Captain’s Entrance, First Tuesday in Autumn, Black Joke, Sheepskins, All People that on Earth do Dwell, Tarantella, Barcarole, Circassian Circle, Shepherd O Shepherd, Indian Queen, Maid of Provence, Glendower’s Jig, Be Thou My Vision, Chiapa, Anarchie Gordon. Recorded Autumn 1999.

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Outlaw of Loch Lene (Sample available, see below.)

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Outlaw of Loch Lene, Michael Raven and Joan Collins

Joan Mills
Accompanied by Michael Raven
Price £4.50 (CD)
CDMR83. “Both the instrumentation and the singing are a delight.” Mered Evans, former Head of Light Entertainment BBC Wales TV and Radio. Titles are: Sea Fever, Angel of Armagh, The Inquest, Green Rain, Secret Garden, Outlaw of Loch Lene, I would that the wars were all over, The Woods of Zamora, The Hungry Army, Mary from Dunglow, Sailor Home. Contains some outstanding ballads. Recorded in the Autumn of 1999. “Her unforced, natural approach is absolutely fine by me.” Nick Beale, Folk Roots

Sample Track 10 – Mary from Dungloe

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