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Gathering Primroses

Catalog Number N/A
Release Date Jul 03, 2020
Publish Format Commercial
Release Price 5.00 USD
Media Format Digital
Classification Vocal
Organizations Ian Martyn / / (Publisher), Bandcamp / / (Retailer)
Composed by
Arranged by Ian Martyn
Performed by Ian Martyn
Recorded by
Mixed by
Mastered by


Disc 1

01 Skewball 3:28
02 A Blacksmith Courted Me 3:32
03 The Dark-Eyed Sailor 6:12
04 The Trees They Do Grow High 3:09
05 All Things Are Quite Silent 4:15
06 Bó Mhín na Toitean / Lord Mayo 4:28
07 The Hills of Greenmore 4:02
08 A Maid in Bedlam 2:49
09 Lovely Joan 4:06
10 The Red Plaid / The Source of Spey 3:19
Disc length 39:20


I decided to use the cool weather this June to record some folk songs on the bouzouki. I picked some of my favorite folk songs to sing that I've been listening to over the ages, most of which I've learned from the recordings of singers like Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Norma Waterson, Maddy Prior, Gay Woods, Tim Hart, and Ruth Notman. I haven't had much time for personal music lately, and I'm glad that I was able to record these songs which have always been a strong part of my life.
released July 3, 2020

Ian Martyn - Vocals, Bouzouki, Concertina

Photo taken near the Albion River Inn in Albion, CA.

Special thanks to my parents who always supported me getting records and encouraging me to explore music. I first heard English folk music from going to Record Surplus in Santa Monica with my father when I was a kid. They were playing Steeleye Span's fourth album, Below the Salt, and it made a huge impression on me as a pre-teen. He let me get that record that day, and my collection of folk music continued to grow throughout middle and high school as we visited record stores like Record Surplus, Amoeba Music, and Tower Records.

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