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I PRESUME!!THE BOOZE UPEUNUCH'S BALLHERALD OF THE FAIR

NEW CD


HERALD OF THE FAIR

Released 23rd August 2018

To help celebrate the 50th Great Dorset Steam Fair, all the songs related to the fair appear together on one CD. It is important to remember that many of these comic songs and witty parodies were written not for a big stage show, but to be sung round the camp fire at night after a day’s steaming. A Tarpaulin would be strung up between a couple of road locomotives, Tilley Lamps would be lit and Alcohol consumed till the early hours. Only years later, would these gatherings evolve into Dr. Busker’s shows in the Real Ale Tent. The introduction comes from an early VHS video with Michael Oliver describing Dr. Busker, (Thank you to Jonathan Eckardt of Jeck Films). ‘Dorset fair 50’ is a song for the 50th show highlighting, comically, various aspects of the fair. ‘Stourpaine’ was written at the original site Stourpaine Bushes in 1984 and sung also at the Everly Hills rallies. ‘Engines bright and beautiful’ was written in 1988 to celebrate the show moving to its current site. With ‘Southdown’ appearing a year later for the 21st. By 1992 the fair was huge and an 8 day show was announced, (as a rehearsal for the 25th the following year). It was reasoned that it couldn’t possibly rain for all 8 days. It did!

 The song ‘Dorset Flag’ was born of the frustration felt by everyone struggling in the mud. The version on this CD is ‘radio friendly’ with the line; “it’s fog in raining” amongst the slight alterations to the usual more bawdy version. Steam Fair FM having become an integral part of the fair. In 1993 Chris Edmonds commissioned the song ‘Glory glory Tarrant Hinton’ for his ‘Steam Fair Choir’ to sing with the Gavioli organ of Richard and Anne Preston, to celebrate the 25th show. The legendary engineman Steve Neville, who was gallimaufrous, felt that the Olde English word ‘mumping’ , (meaning to cadge), had fallen into disuse and should be re-instated, so ‘Mumping the Cider’ was written with this in mind. More steam fair songs inevitably appeared as the years progressed including ‘The Day of the Display’ and ‘Way to Dorset’. Then came the 40th show in 2008 when ‘Stourpaine Gatherin’’ was written to remind us all how far the show has come. This CD includes the ‘Fairground Jig’, where an early recording is blended with Dr. Buskers modern accordion. There are songs of rally-field life including the rally caterers, health and safety and the toilets. There is also a tribute to‘Old Glory Magazine’. Which in Busker’s opinion is the essential link binding the preservation movement together. The CD concludes with the title track ‘Herald of the Fair’ an anthem befitting this event which many preservationists regard as ‘The Greatest Show of its kind, on Planet Earth!’

20 Tracks
Including Introduction by Michael Oliver,

Dorset Fair 50, Stourpaine (Only Once a Year),
Glory Glory Tarrant Hinton, Engines Bright and Beautiful, The Rally Field Toilet, Southdown, Safety Officer, Way to Dorset, Catering Song, Glory Days,
Mumping the Cider, Old Dreary, Day of the Display, Fairground Jig,
The Engine Owner, Robey Boilers, Dorset Flag (It’s Fog In Raining),
Stourpaine Gatherin’, Herald of the Fair.

 

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