Bill Lloyd - 22 sample tracks here! 

Traditional Irish, Appalachian, Alt-Country and original songs.

Song and dance music - solo, duo, or  full band.

See side menu for full set list. 

Please click the links below to hear the tracks.

Recorded in various backrooms and yurts by Bill Lloyd, Johnno Leader, Pat Simmons, Ash, Gabriel Rom and George Findlay.

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From the album "Bill Lloyd : Willy Ruby"      WILDCD 20104

Bill Lloyd:

Willy Ruby

Down Under:

1980s pop with a reggae feel.

Hanna Flynn on vocal harmonies, Johnno Leader on bass and drums.

Bill Lloyd: 

Willy Ruby

Kathleen:

By Townes Van Zandt.

Bill on Banjo, Johnno Leader on bass and Hammond Organ.

                              

 Traditional Irish - Songs:

Bill Lloyd

2 Banjos
Vocal

The 
Green Fields
of Canada

A 19th Century Irish emigration song I heard from Paddy Tunney. I have changed only one line to bring the song up to date. This is a short version - there are another half-dozen verses to go at.

Bill Lloyd

2 Banjos
Whistle,

Vocal

The
Murlough
Shore

From the singing of  Kevin Mitchell (and Sinead O'Connor). Bill pays banjos, whistle and Moroccan drum.

Bill Lloyd

Banjo, Whistle,
Vocal.

Eileen
Oge

A Percy French song well known in Ireland, particularly around his home country of Cavan and West Meath.

(Bill sings and plays banjo and whistle, with With Jacob McCauley, Bodhran. Thanks to Ash for the idea for the whistle tag on the end!)

Bill Lloyd

Banjo
Vocal, Whistle

Move Along,
Get  Along
 

Although thought by many to be a 'traditional' gypsy song, it was in fact written by Ewan McColl.
(Gabriel Rom added the horses....Jacob McCauley on Bodhran. Mixed by George Findlay.) 

Bill Lloyd

Banjo
Vocal, Whistle
Pipes

Geordie

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This song is known among Travellers in Scotland and England as well as Ireland. The song ends with the Border pipes playing the tune.
(With Jacob McCauley, bodhran, Gab Rom on bass.)

Bill Lloyd

(a capella)

The Tailor
Ban
 

   

This is a great song from the Sliabh Luachra, Co. Cork, written I believe by Sean (Johnny) O Tuama. I had the great pleasure of singing this song at the Cork Folk Festival and was approached afterwards by a charming woman, who was I think his grand-daughter, and who was delighted that his song had travelled into England. 

                  

Traditional Irish - Tunes:

Bill Lloyd

Whistle

Slow Air
Anachuin

A lament for the loss of 19 souls on the vessel 'Anachuin' on 4 September 1828 in Lough Corrib, Co. Galway

Bill Lloyd

Whistle

Slow Air:
1000 Songs

An unusual slow air I heard from Bert Lloyd on the radio in the 1960s. From the Irish - 'One thousand days, one thousand songs' 

Bill Lloyd

Whistle  

Two Jigs

The Old Favourite and Willie Coleman's Jig 

 

 Solo Banjo:

Dance
Music

 

5

Tunes
played on

an E Banjo

Nigun Atik: Songs without words


Welsh Fairy Dance / Uskedar (Turkish) / The Bear Dance Nigun Atik/Nine Maidens

(12 Minutes)

We will return again to our ancient melodies
and the song will linger on.
When we raise our glasses together
our eyes and hearts will be bright.
Great are the houses where there is dancing.
Great are the houses where still we return
to an ancient melody.

 

Bill Lloyd's Songs - Aubade  &  Marion the Rover

 Vocal
and
Banjo

Aubade
at

Knockengorroch

This song appeared in my mind, almost complete, with an original tune and lyrics, after I woke up from a deep sleep after the Knockengorroch Festival.  The scene described really did happen, although I added some minor embellishments. An Aubade is a Dawn Song

Epic Soundtrack Mix

Aubade
arranged by Gabriel Rom

The same song appealed to Hungarian heavy metal singer Gabriel Rom, who made an arrangement in full Ghengis Khan mode. Gabriel now plays with Hungarian band Friday. 

From the EP: Other Ways: Bill Lloyd Studio Mixes by Gabriel Rom.

 Epic Soundtrack Mix

Marion the Rover
arranged by Gabriel Rom

 

 

This is built around an 18th Century English Gypsy song, which as taken to the Appalachian Mountains where it was recorded by Cecil Sharp in 1916 as a religious song.  I heard it first on recordings of The Sacred Harp, shape-note singing from the Appalachian Mountains, and have taken the chorus and added two verses of my own. The last verse is by Robert Louis Stevenson. (Marion is a man's name, by the way.)

Gab Rom has given it the treatment.  From the EP: Other Ways: Bill Lloyd Studio Mixes by Gabriel Rom.

 

American Old-Time Applalachian

Bill Lloyd & Pat Simmons

The Mississippi
Sawyer

&
Sally in the Garden

 

Two traditional dance tunes.  A Mississippi Sawyer is a large log floating down the river heading for the Sawmill. Sally in the Garden is probably about a girl called Sally, in a garden. 

Bill on banjo, Pat on guitar.

Bill Lloyd & Pat Simmons

Earth to Heaven 

 

Written by mountaineer and muleskinner Uncle Dave Macon, whose favourite things in this world were mules and whiskey. When the motor-car and prohibition arrived, and might have taken his fun out of life, he just carried on selling moonshine and snake-oil from the back of a Mitchell wagon, while playing the banjo and preaching the gospel.  

Bill on banjo, Pat on guitar.

Bill Lloyd & Pat Simmons

 Roving
Gambler

 

This song exists in many versions, one of which is a 25 verse tale of lost love and hobo wandering. This is a short version.

Bill on banjo, Pat on guitar. 

Bill Lloyd & Pat Simmons

Buffalo Skinners 

 

I heard this first at at Old-Time Gathering in Gainsborough. Recorded by Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie and Pete Seeger, the song is dark and mildly gruesome, but I sing it because it warns young men not to be tempted by promises of easy money hunting buffalo. 

Bill on banjo, Pat on guitar. 

Bill Lloyd & Pat Simmons

Arkansas Traveller

Through The Glen

 

The first tune is Appalachian, the second came from Camden Town, via Mike Harding and the Lancaster session at Paddy Mulligans. It works well as a fiddle tune. Played here without benefit of metronome. 

Bill on banjo, Pat on guitar. 

 

Mainstream  & Top 10

Billy and the Goats 

Carey

An arrangement of Joni Mitchell's classic pop song, mixed by Cumbria's own hot-shot multi-instrumentalist and engineer Ash, who also plays guitar and mandolin.

Bill Lloyd on Banjo and Vocals.

Bill Lloyd

Closer to Fine

Iconic song from the Indigo Girls, re-worked for banjo. 

Billy and the Goats

The
L & N

Railroad

This is a recession song, written by Jean Ritchie in the 1950s, and recorded by Johnny Cash in the 1960s. 

Mixed by Ash, who plays fiddle, guitar and mandolin on this track.

Billy and the Goats

 

Borderline 

Written by Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Jim Dickinson, this is a song about the Mexican border, but it could apply to just about any borderline, real or imaginary. I first heard it in 1993, when it was made famous by Willie Nelson. Pat Simmons plays guitar.