Hard Cash

Dear Friends
The Albion Chronicles
Wolfe (One Last Time)
Shropshire Bedlams
Albion Heart
Albion Folk
The Written Word
Sway With Me
Hard Cash
Life's Little Ironies
The Dorsetshire Labourer
The Transports
25 Years Later
The Road To Colchester
A Daughter of Albion
Rupert Bear
Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
Poor Murdered Woman
In Merstham Tunnel
The Murder of Maria Marten
Grace Notes
They Called Her Babylon
Sweet Themmes Run Softly
The Albion River Hymn
Hark The Village Wait
Hark! The Village Wait: Lyrics and Notes
Stories I Have Tried To Write
Swan Arcade
Sound, Sound Your Instruments of Joy
Two Unsolved
John 'Babbacombe' Lee
The Summer Before The War
Meet On The Ledge
Mr Fox
A Picture of Britain
Elegy Written In A Country Church Yard
The Duck Race
Morris Off

This is the music to the BBC North West documentary Hard Cash, first broadcast March 1990, produced by David Henshaw, directed by Liz Molyneux.

All tracks produced by Peter Filleul and Richard Thompson
Sessions directed by Peter Filleul
Recorded and mixed at Redwood Studios (engineers Johnny Q and James Saunders) and Idealsound Recorders (engineer Dave Kenny)
Mastered at CBS by Tim Young
Music co-ordination by Musicare
Project management by Sian Wynne
Sleeve Photography by Andrew Clean
Design by Tony Eagle


Richard Thompson: vocals (1, 12), backing vocals (3), guitar (1, 2, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14), mandolin (13);
Clive Gregson: vocals (2), backing vocals (1, 3), guitar (1-3, 6, 9, 11, 14), slide guitar (13);
Christine Collister: vocals (2, 14), backing vocals (1, 3);
Ron Kavana: vocals (3), guitar (3);
Martin Carthy: vocals (4), acoustic guitar (4, 8);
Dave Kelly: vocals (5, 11), acoustic guitar (5);
Jo Ann Kelly: vocals (6);
June Tabor: vocals (7, 10);
The Watersons: vocals (8);
Keith Hancock: vocals (9), melodeon (9);
Hilary Fletcher: vocals (11);
Michael Marra: vocals (13), backing vocals (3);
Andy Brown: bass guitar (1-3, 6, 9, 11, 13-14);
Dave Mattacks: drums (1-3, 6, 9, 11, 13-14);
Chris Leslie: fiddle (1);
Alan Dunn: accordion (1, 3);
Pete Zorn: flute (1), penny whistle (1, 12);
Peter Filleul: backing vocals (9), keyboards (1-3, 6, 7, 10-14);
Ian Lynn: keyboards (3, 6, 7, 10-14)

Sleeve Notes

We were asked to write the music for the BBC series Hard Cash at the beginning of 1989 but it was only after we had seen some of the completed filming that we hit upon the idea of expanding the project to record an album including contributions from other songwriters on the same theme of exploitation at work, written from whichever angle they chose.

It is hard to find a songwriter or, indeed, any musician who cannot relate to the reality of being exploited, an irony that many of those involved were quick to point out and it may have been this that fired their extraordinary efforts on this project. As you will hear, they all rose to the occasion surpassing all our expectations by writing and performing some truly excellent songs, sometimes expressing views that do not necessarily reflect their own sentiments!

The result is something which we are very proud to be associated with.

Richard Thompson & Peter Filleul

Special Delivery (Topic Records LP/cass./CD  1990)
Hard Cash. Fledg'ling FLED 3017 (1998)

  1. Richard Thompson: Time To Ring Some Changes (3:44)
  2. Clive Gregson & Christine Collister: The Great Provider (4:55)
  3. Ron Kavana: A Living Wage (3:49)
  4. Martin Carthy: Work Life Out To Keep Life In (2:43)
  5. Dave Kelly: You're the Pits (1:02)
  6. Jo Ann Kelly: Odd Job Man (3:36)
  7. June Tabor: Mrs Rita (2:53)
  8. The Watersons: Hilda's Cabinet Band (2:15)
  9. Keith Hancock: Force on the Workforce (2:31)
  10. June Tabor: The Jute Mill Song (2:12)
  11. Dave Kelly & Hilary Fletcher: Master and Servant (5:08)
  12. Richard Thompson: Oh I Swear (3:38)
  13. Michael Marra: The Guernsey Kitchen Porter (3:19)
  14. Clive Gregson & Christine Collister: Good With My Hands (4:28)

Tracks 1, 7, 12 Richard Thompson pub Gregsongs
Track 2, 14 Clive Gregson pub Gregsongs
Track 3 Ron Kavana pub Topic Records Music
Track 4 Trad. arr. / additional lyrics Martin Carthy pub Topic Records Music
Track 5 Dave Kelly pub Paternoster Music
Track 6 Jo Ann Kelly & Nigel Portman-Smith pub Paternoster Music
Track 8 Lal Waterson pub Paternoster Music / Topic Records Music
Track 9 Keith Hancock pub Gregsongs
Track 10 Trad. arr. Peter Filleul pub Paternoster Music
Track 11 Dave Kelly, Hilary Fletcher, Gary Fletcher pub Paternoster Music
Track 13 Michael Marra pub Paternoster Music

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