Artist: Michael Chapman
Title Of Album: Live At Folk Cottage, Cornwall 1967
Year Of Release: 2014
Genre: Acoustic Blues Folk
Label: Tree House Records
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 79:37
Total Size: 185 Mb
01. Take Me Home Whiskey (Live) (6:05)
02. Woke Up This Morning (Live) (3:13)
03. Instrumental Number 1 (Live) (1:28)
04. The Prisoners Song (Live) (4:12)
05. Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (Live) (5:14)
06. When Did You Leave Heaven (Live) (4:32)
07. All Night Worker (Live) (3:52)
08. I Thought About You (Live) (2:28)
09. That'll Be The Day (Live) (3:49)
10. Parchman Farm (Live) (5:42)
11. Baby Please Don't Go (Live) (6:08)
12. Conceited (Live) (3:10)
13. Instrumental Number 2 (Live) (7:13)
14. I've Been Around (Live) (2:57)
15. Dindi (Live) (4:14)
16. Instrumental Number 3 (Live) (4:15)
17. Ace In The Hole (Live) (3:43)
18. Kansas City (Live) (7:13)
Treehouse 44 release the first known recordings by British folk guitar hero Michael Chapman.
Previously unreleased, these are the earliest known recordings of this great British guitar hero, or as Michael Chapman calls it "The album I had no idea I had made!" This follows on the heels of Light in The Attic'c catalogue re-issue programme.
TreeHouse44 has worked closely with Michael Chapman, being allowed full access to his private archive, to produce a unique album that captures the earliest stages in the career of this phenomenal artist.
The story of how Michael Chapman turned pro as a musician, walking into a Cornish pub and offering to play a gig in return for shelter from the rain outside is both well known and well told. These "lost" recordings catch up with our hero of the piece some eight months later as he played a show at Folk Cottage, Mitchell near Newquay in Cornwall on Good Friday, 24th March 1967.
The Folk Cottage was established in 1963 and the former granite built farm workers building had secured it's reputation as a seminal venue on the circuit, with a host of talented local folk artists such as John The Fish and Brenda Wotton performing there as well as it proving to be a haven for the likes of Wizz Jones and Ralph McTell.
At the time Chapman was being billed as "exciting new blues artist" and that is reflected in some of the material captured in these recordings ("Baby Please Don't Go", "Parchman Farm" and "Kansas City") but there is also the odd surprise in store for Chapman fans, including a cover of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day" as well as three original instrumentals that highlight the emergence of Chapman's innovative and instantly recognisable guitar style that we know today.
Chapman is typically low key in his reflections on the material he chose to play in those days - "I just played whatever I could think of at the time?.I had no idea then that I could actually write songs myself".
Recorded by Folk Cottage regulars Lionel Rigby and Dave James using an AKG D119 microphone hung over a rafter and hooked up to a Ferrograph 5AN open reel tape machine, these recordings capture the essence of a live show at a pivotal time in the chronology of Michael's career ? barely 8 months since he "turned pro" and within two years of the release of "Rainmaker", his debut album on Harvest/EMI.
The original recordings are quite remarkable given the equipment and set up at their disposal. With the exception of editing out some re-tuning of guitars (sorry Michael!) we have preserved the performance in its entirety, providing a unique insight into the emergence of Michael as the artist we know today as well as a vivid soundtrack of a venue pivotal to the British folk and roots scene.
So ladies and gentlemen, please sit back and prepare to welcome Michael Chapman to the stage of the Folk Cottage?