The Rough Guide to English Roots Music

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The Rough Guide to English Roots Music
Compilation album by Various artists
Released 25 August 1998
Genre World, Folk music of England
Length 70:53
Label World Music Network
Full series chronology
The Rough Guide to Salsa
(1997)The Rough Guide to Salsa1997
The Rough Guide to English Roots Music
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(1998)African Blues1998
Complete list

The Rough Guide to English Roots Music is a world music compilation album originally released in 1998. Part of the World Music Network Rough Guides series,[1] the album features mainly English folk, with some tracks covering other cultures from England's ethnic range. Most pieces are from the 1990s.[2] Phil Stanton, co-founder of the World Music Network, was the producer.[3]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

The album received generally positive reviews. Writing for AllMusic, Steven McDonald praised the track choices, saying it functions well as an "appetizer".[2] BBC Music Magazine noted that instead of focusing on the preservers of tradition, the album featured "creators and extenders".[4]

Track listing

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Lucky Break" Hank Dogs 4:39
2. "Trip" Eliza Carthy 5:22
3. "Sail on By" Oysterband 3:29
4. "Claudy Banks" Waterson–Carthy 6:45
5. "Be My Rambling Woman" Rory McLeod 4:23
6. "Gypsy's Lullaby/The Hawk/Memories/Coates Hall" Billy Pigg 4:57
7. "The Begging Song" Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick 4:30
8. "A Lord of Steam and Iron" John Kirkpatrick 3:40
9. "Falling Slowly" Coope Boyes and Simpson 3:11
10. "Hopping Down in Kent" Louise Fuller 2:03
11. "Country Life" The Watersons 1:58
12. "Byker Hill" The Barely Works 5:06
13. "Brilliant Pebbles" Edward II 4:17
14. "Yellow Dress" The Albion Band 4:45
15. "Red Wing Polka" Daisy Bulwer, Walter Bulwer, Billy Cooper, Reg Hall, Mervyn Plunkett & Russell Wortley 2:24
16. "Bold Fisherman" Harry Cox 2:49
17. "The Baker" Savourna Stevenson, June Tabor, & Danny Thompson 4:22
18. "A New England" Billy Bragg 2:13


  1. ^ Douglas H., Henkle (2012-10-23). "Rough Guide Discography / World Music Network Discography". FolkLib Index : A Library of Folk Music Links. Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  2. ^ a b c McDonald, Steven. "The Rough Guide to English Roots Music". Allmusic. Retrieved 17 Jan 2014.
  3. ^ World Music Network. "About Us - The WMN Story". Retrieved 2013-12-21.
  4. ^ BBC Music Magazine. "The Rough Guide to English Roots Music". BBC. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
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