Sept 28, The Met, Bury: Celebrating Bill Leader

The music you are hearing is from Bright Phoebus, Bill Leader’s seminal 1972 assemblage of Waterson original songs.

On Saturday: an event celebrating the EFDSS lifetime achievement award to Bill Leader

at The Met, Market Street, Bury, BL9 0BW, September 28, 8pm

Veteran folk record producer Bill Leader celebrates his EFDSSGold Badge Award with a spectacular evening of folk, with Stanley Accrington, Kirsty Almeida, Rioghnach Connolly, John Ellis, Mike Harding, Dave Arthur and Stan Kelly.

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Here’s a selective slideshow of some of Bill’s pioneering work over the past 56 years.

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There’s a lot I could say about Bill, whose life and times have been interlinked with mine, on a personal as well as a musical level. That will have to wait until I publish my Peoplepedia autobiography (don’t hold your breath).

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A Bill Leader discography

Meanwhile, here’s a checklist of some of his most important recordings (source: Wikipedia )


  • John Gibbon: John Gibbon’s Disc
  • Peggy Seeger: Peggy Seeger
  • Nancy Whiskey: Nancy Whiskey Sings
  •  3/4 A.D. (1962) – Alexis Korner & Davey Graham
  • Bert Jansch (1965) – Bert Jansch
  • A Wild Bees Nest (1965) – Paddy Tunney
  • Jack Orion (1966) – Bert Jansch
  • The Irish Edge (1965) – Paddy Tunney
  • The Watersons (1966) – The Watersons
  • The Young Tradition (1966) – The Young Tradition
  • Ireland Her Own (1965) – Paddy Tunney and Arthur Kearney, with Joe Tunney and Frank Kelly
  • So Cheerfully Round (1967) – The Young Tradition
  • Morning Stands On Tiptoe (1967) Dave and Toni Arthur
  • Mason’s Apron (1967) – The Dubliners
  • Mainly Norfolk (1968) – Peter Bellamy
  • Matt McGinn (1968) – Matt McGinn
  • Humble Beginnings: The Complete Transatlantic Recordings, 1969-74 – Billy Connolly
  • The Humblebums (1969) – The Humblebums
  • Fair England’s Shore (1969) – Peter Bellamy
  • The Lark In the Morning (1969) Dave and Toni Arthur with Barry Dransfield
  • Young Hunting (1970) – Tony Rose
  • Cruel Sister (1970) – Pentangle
  • Hearken to the Witches Rune (1970) Dave and Toni Arthur
  • New Humblebums (1970) – The Humblebums
  • Mr. Fox (1970) – Mr. Fox
  • Reflection (1971) – Pentangle
  • He Came From the Mountains – Bob & Carole Pegg
  • Rosemary Lane (1971) – Bert Jansch
  • Tir Na Nóg (1971) – Tír na nÓg
  • Tear and a Smile (1972) – Tír na nÓg
  • Prosperous (1972) – Christy Moore
  • A Lancashire Lad (1972) – Mike Harding
  • Bright Phoebus (1972) – Mike and Lal Waterson
  • No More Forever (1972) – Dick Gaughan
  • The Boys of the Lough (1973) – The Boys of the Lough
  • Swan Arcade (1973) – Swan Arcade
  • Tell It Like It Was (1975) – Peter Bellamy
  • The Barrack Room Ballads of Rudyard Kipling (1976) – Peter Bellamy
  • Kist O’Gold (1977) – Dick Gaughan
  • The Noah’s Ark Trap (1977) – Nic Jones
  • Gerry Rafferty (1978) – Gerry Rafferty
  • From The Devil To A Stranger (1978) Nic Jones
  • Oddfellows; The Oddfellows (2011)
  • Shreds; Ian Reynolds (2012)

Credited as engineer

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The Leader and Trailer catalogue

LEA 4001 Jack Elliott of Birtley With booklet. (1969)

LER 3002 Archie Fisher & Barbara Dickson The Fate O’ Charlie

LEA 2003 Seamus Ennis Masters of Irish Music Series. (1969)

LEA 2004 Martin Byrnes Masters of Irish Music series Martin Byrnes (fiddle) with Reg Hall (piano).

LEA 2005 Seamus Tansey Masters of Irish Music series. Seamus Tansey (flute, tin whistle, tambourine), Eddie Corcoran (tin whistle, tambourine), Reg Hall (piano), Paul Gross (piano). (1970)

LEA 4006 The Border Minstrel Billy Pigg – Northumbrian bagpipes. With booklet. (1972)

LER 2007 The High Level Ranters The Lads Of Northumbria

LER 3008 Bob Davenport and The Marsden Rattlers

LER 2009 Martyn Wyndham-Read Ned Kelly & That Gang

LER 3010 Lea Nicholson Horsemusic

LER 2011 Robin and Barry Dransfield The Rout of The Blues

LEA 4012 Blue Ridge Mountain Field Trip Various old time American musicians. With booklet. (1970)

LER 2013 Tony Rose Young Hunting

LER 2014 Nic Jones Ballads & Songs

LER 3015 Leon Rosselson The word is Hugga Mugga …

LER 3016 Bob and Carole Pegg He Came From The Mountains

LER 2017 Dave and Toni Arthur Hearken To The Witches Rune

LER 3018 Rosemary Hardman & Bob Axford Second Season Came

LER 2019 The Folk Trailer Sampler

LER 2020 The High Level Ranters Keep Your Feet Still Geordie Hinnie

LER 3021 Roy Bailey Roy Bailey

LER 2022 Aly Bain & Mike Whellans Aly Bain – Mike Whellans

LER 2023 Derek and Dorothy Elliott Derek & Dorothy Elliott

LER 2024 Tony Rose Under The Greenwood Tree

LER 2025 Pisces Pisces

LER 2026 Robin and Barry Dransfield Lord Of All I Behold

LER 2027 Nic Jones Nic Jones

LER 2028 Martyn Wyndham-Read Martyn Wyndham-Read

LER 2029 Dave Burland A Dalesman’s Litany

LER 2030 The High Level Ranters High Level

LER 3031 Keith Roberts Pier Of The Realm

LER 2032 Swan Arcade Swan Arcade

LER 2033 John Kirkpatrick Jump at the Sun

LER 3034 Roger Nicholson Nonesuch For Dulcimer

LER 3035 Christy Moore Prosperous

LER 3036 The Green Linnet Tim Lyons (1972)

LER 2037 The High Level Ranters A Mile To Ride

LER 2038 Ray Fisher The Bonnie Birdy

LER 2039 Mike Harding A Lancashire Lad

LEA 4040 North Carolina Boys Gray Craig and the New North Carolina Ramblers and Tex Islay. With booklet

LEA 4041 Charlie Wills With booklet. (1972)

LEE 4042 George Dunn (1975)

LEA 2043 John Doonan Flute for the Feis

LEA 2044 Music from the Coleman Country The Coleman Country Traditional Society: Fred FinnPeter HoranAndrew DaveyJohn O’GaraJim DonaghueJohn Joe MooneyBernie FinnSeamus TanseyTommy ToolanOliver Killoran. (1975)

LEE 4045 Lonnie Austin & Norman Woodlieff Lonnie Austin & Norman Woodlieff

LEAB 404 A Song for Every Season The Copper Family. Boxed set of 4 records, with 16 page booklet. (1971)

LEA 4046 – Tater Beer Night:
LEA 4047 – Black Ram:
LEA 4048 – Hollerin’ Pot:
LEA 4049 – Turn o’ the Year:

LEA 4050 Unto Brigg Fair Joseph Taylor and other traditional Lincolnshire singers. With booklet. (1972)

LED 2051 Irish Music from The Favourite Jimmy Power (fiddle), Tony Ledwith (accordeon), Tom Power (guitar), Paul Gross (piano), Reg Hall (piano). (1975)

LEA 2052 Shetland Fiddlers Da Forty FiddlersCullivoe Traditional PlayersTom AndersonAly Bain. (1974)

LED 2053 Virginia Reel Fiddle and banjo tunes played by Kyle CreedBobby Patterson and The Camp Creek Boys. (1974)

LEA 4054 Cecilia Costello. (1975)

LEA 4055 Old British Ballads of Donegal and Derry Traditional singers collected by Hugh Shields. With booklet. (1972)

LEE 4056 A Fine Hunting Day Songs of the Holme Valley Beagles (1975)

LEE 4057 Far Canadian Fields Companion to the Penguin Book of Canadian Folk Songs. Various artists (1975)

LED 2060 Early Recordings of Irish Traditional Dance Music John J. Kimmel: accordian (1978)

LEE 4062 Come Day, Go Day, God Send Sunday John Maguire (1975)

LED 2063 A Proper Sort Walter Pardon (1975)

LEE 4065 A People’s Carol A Christmas singing tradition recorded in South Yorkshire pubs. (1975)

LED 2067 A Song For Every Season The Copper Family of Rottingdean, Sussex [Tracks from the 4LP set] (1971)

LED 2068 English Village Fiddler Stephen Baldwin (1976)

LEA 2069 Yorkshire Dales Dance Night The Beresford BandPeter Beresford (electronic accordion), Mary Beresford (drums), John Wallbank (fiddle). (1979)

LED 2070 Shamrock, Rose and Thistle Eddie Butcher (1977)

LED 2071 The Rakes (1975)

LER 2072 Dick Gaughan No More Forever

LER 2073 Al O’Donnell Al O’Donnell

LER 2074 Alistair Anderson Plays English Concertina

LER 2075 Rosemary Hardman Firebird

LES 2076 The Watersons Bright Phoebus

LER 2077 Pete and Chris Coe Open The Door and Let Us In

LER 2078 Vin Garbutt The Valley Of The Tees

LER 2079 Tom Gilfellon Loving Mad Tom

LER 2080 The Taverners Blowing Sands

LER 2081 Vin Garbutt The Young Tin Whistle Pest

LER 2082 Dave Burland Dave Burland

LER 2083 Jon RavenNic JonesTony Rose Songs of a Changing World

LER 2084 Marie Little Marie Little

LER 2085 Muckram Wakes A Map of Derbyshire

LER 2086 The Boys of the Lough (1975)

LETSAM2087 Our Folk Music Heritage (a sampler)

LER 2088 Pal of My Cradle Days Bob DavenportThe Rakes, The Boldon Banjos. (1974)

LER 2089 Peter Bellamy Tell it like it was

LER 2090 The Boys of the Lough Second Album (1975)

LER 2091 Nic Jones The Noah’s Ark Trap

LER 2092 Martyn Wyndham-Read Maypoles To Mistletoe

LER 2093 Muckram Wakes Muckram Wakes

LER 2094 Roger NicholsonJake Walton & Andrew Cronshaw Times & Traditions for Dulcimer

LER 2095 Down Among the Barley Straw Cyril Tawney (1976)

LER 2096 Tommy Demsey & John Swift Green Grow The Laurel

LER 2097 Bill Caddick Sunny Memories

LER 2098 Pete and Chris Coe Out of season Out of Rhyme

LER 2099 Martin Simpson Golden Vanity

LER 2100 Cilla Fisher and Artie Trezise Balcanquhal

LER 2101 Tony Rose On Banks of Green Willow

LER 2102 Vin Garbutt King Gooden

LER 2103 Dick Gaughan Kist o’ Gold

LER 2104 Andrew Cronshaw Earthed In Cloud Valley

LER 2105 Fylde Acoustic Various

LER 2106 Jean Redpath There Were Minstrels

LER 2108 Peter Bond Its All Right For Some

LED 2111 Our Side of the Baulk Walter Pardon (1978)

Note: Most of the Leader and Trailer releases are unobtainable. Go to for complete track listings.

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Bert Jansch & John Renbourn

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