The Springthyme Archive is a collection of recordings of folk songs and traditional music made between the early and mid 1960s to the present day. Many of these are field recordings of folksongs and traditional music made in Ireland, Scotland, England and some in Canada by folk enthusiast and collector Peter Shepheard. Some of the recordings from the early 1960s were made using a small 2" reel to reel Phillips machine, later recordings from the mid 1960s were made on a 5" Uher tape machine. In the 1970s recordings were made on more professional equipment - a Revox A77, a Sony PCMF1 and later on DAT. Recordings made by other individuals have been added to the Archive over the years - recordings made at festivals, sessions and folk clubs.
Recordings made at the Kinross Festival in 1974 with a professional mobile set-up led to the release of a 12" LP album of highlights from the festival including artistes Aly Bain, Tom Anderson, Peerie Willie Johnstone, Stanley Robertson, Angus Grant, Willie Fraser, Jane and Cameron Turriff and the Clutha. The Springthyme Records label was set up as a vehicle to launch the album as SPR1001 Songs and Music from the Kinross Festival.
In recent years, a number of recordings from the Springthyme Archive have been made available for release on other specialist labels - in particular by Musical Traditions Records based in Stroud, Gloucestershire. These include recordings from romany gypsy singers in and around Gloucester made in the 1960s and 1970s - in particular from the Brazil Family and the Smith Family. Musical Traditions Records have also issued recordings from Scotland's northeast include a compilation of archive recordings of songs from Daisy Chapman - recorded by Peter Shepheard, Peter Hall and by Rod Stradling of Musical Traditions.
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Many Springthyme releases are available as digital downloads.
Books for the Library
We have made available a small selection of books on traditional song and music. Click here for Books for the Library
Book launch at the Scots Fiddle Festival 2015 on 21 November 2015 with music from Jimmy Nagle and the Border Fiddlers.
We still have some Vinyl LP. We do not repress these any more but we have some excellent mint vinyl stock left for the enthusiasts out there! Click here for More Vinyl LPs
Songs from the Archives
In a joint venture with Musical Traditions label we have assisted in the release of some archive recordings of traditional singers. Click here for Songs from the Archives
A group of traditional song enthusiasts started the annual Fife Traditional Singing Festival in 2003. The events were recorded in a series of CDs featuring the finest of traditional singers. Click here for Songs from FifeSing