Fledg’ling Records is dedicated to releasing the very best folk and folk-rock from the British Isles and beyond. Fledg’ling began as an independent label in 1995 – previously some titles were released under the Hokey Pokey Records imprint. The label has grown quickly to establish a reputation as one of the finest in Britain. Our releases have collected praise worldwide.
The Fledg’ling catalogue contains material drawn from the past sixty years of recording – performances unified by their beauty and honesty. Quality is a trademark of Fledg’ling records – most releases are compact discs featuring careful re-mastering, detailed sleeve notes and previously unpublished photographs.
2015 sees Fledg’ling celebrate our first 21 years as an independent and idiosyncratic record label. The SANDY DENNY and SHIRLEY COLLINS box sets garnered terrific praise around the world, as have our series of CHRIS McGREGOR releases and we are currently preparing our one hundred and fifth release. We never imagined that the label would grow to be one of the leading specialists in folk and folk-rock music from England. Many thanks for all your support.
Fledg’ling has 3 exclusive releases planned for Record Store Day on Saturday April 22nd.
The tenth annual celebration of independent record shops and vinyl record collecting is sure to see lots exclusive re-issues and new releases – the perfect reason to visit your local independent record shop.
SHIRLEY COLLINS ~ Shirley Sings Irish At the beginning of SHIRLEY COLLINS’ recording career in 1959 she recorded a series of 7″ vinyl EPs for the Collector Label. Originally released in very short press runs, these early recordings have been hard to find for nearly five decades. For Record Store Day 2017 we are releasing a newly-remastered edition of Shirley Sings Irish (her fourth Collector EP). Just like the original, this comes in a front-laminated, flipback sleeve with a beautiful new inner bag illustrated with rare photographs.
track list: Love Is Teasing, She Moves Through The Fair, The Bold Irish Boy, Must I go Bound, Dennis O’Reilly
MARTIN CARTHY & DAVE SWARBRICK ~ No Songs Equally as rare are original copies of MARTIN CARTHY and DAVE SWARBRICK’s instrumental No Songs EP. First released, fifty years ago, in 1967 – this record captures Carthy and Swarbrick at a peak moment of their early career. Dave Swarbrick would later take several of the tunes with him when he joined Fairport Convention and the No Songs repertoire has been a seminal influence for generations of musicians. Released to commemorate the life of Dave Swarbrick our newly-remastered edition comes in a facsimile, front-laminated, flipback sleeve with a beautiful new inner bag illustrated with rare photographs.
track list: Gillen’s Apples / Snug In The Blanket, Grey Daylight / Jenny’s chickens, The Banks, The Bee’s Wing / The Irish Washerwoman, The Ash Plant / Bonny Kate, The Reconciliation.
DAPHNE’S FLIGHT ~ Knows Time, Knows Change Back in 1995, five of the finest folk, blues and soul singers of their generation found themselves at the Cambridge Folk Festival. They decided to sing some songs together… magic happened and DAPHNE’S FLIGHT took off. Now, two decades after their impressive and much-loved debut album, CHRISTINE COLLISTER, MELANIE HARROLD, JULIE MATTHEWS, HELEN WATSON and CHRIS WHILE are gathering again – “older, wiser and twice as powerful”.
For Record Store Day 2017 we are releasing an exclusive 180g vinyl LP of their second album Knows Time, Knows Change (official CD release will follow on Friday May 5th). The songs cross a huge range of topics and genres, blending folk, blues, jazz and pop including a vibrant new arrangement of Elvis Costello’s ‘Shipbuilding’.
Track list: Lay Fallow, Let My Ship Come Sail In, Goddess Of Mann, My Heart 2, Count Me In, Shipbuilding, How Glad I Am, No One Knows His Name, Heart Of Stone, Split.
More information about the Daphne’s upcoming tour can be found at: http://bit.ly/2nEuzMm