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Folk & Blues

by The Stationary Willberries

Folk, Blues, Oldies, Country, Traditional to Rock 'n Roll. Scottish, Irish and Manx. A multi-facetted band from the Isle of Man who, despite the name, have performed far and wide from their island home. CD recorded live 'open air' in Switzerland.
Genre: Folk: Folk Blues
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1. The Pride of Purt La Morra
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2:14 album only
2. Morning Glory
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2:38 album only
3. The Plainsman
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3:12 album only
4. Fiddler's Green
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4:42 album only
5. For No One (guitar Solo)
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1:53 album only
6. In the Early Morning Rain
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3:00 album only
7. Sally Free and Easy (shanty)
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2:37 album only
8. Steam Roller Blues
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2:39 album only
9. Lakes of Ponchartrain
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5:12 album only
10. Any Old Time
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3:25 album only
11. Don't Think Twice It's Alright
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3:56 album only
12. Marilyn Monroe Blues
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3:44 album only
13. Come By the Hills
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3:02 album only
14. Whiskey in the Jar
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2:31 album only
15. Misty
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3:15 album only
16. C'est La Vie (you Never Can Tell)
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2:49 album only
17. The Ellan Vannin Tragedy
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3:59 album only
18. Caledonia
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5:26 album only
19. The Boxer / the Last Thing On My Mind
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Album Notes
Blues, Folk, Country, Oldies and Rock 'n Roll from the Isle of Man! The island's legendary Manx folk guitar duo "Mike & Al" team up here with versatile accordionist Alan Hess in a live open air recording near Zurich, Switzerland in 2003. An eclectic easy listening mix ranging from traditional folk songs, shanties, ballads to americana, blues and rock 'n roll! Great for long car or RV trips.

The Isle of Man? Where's that ? - Isn't it an English Island ? No !!!!! Absolutely not ! The Island is a unique self-governing kingdom with a population of around 80,000 which belongs to neither the UK nor the European Union. It is a crown dependency. It has its own 1000 year old parliament (founded by Vikings and called Tynwald) together with its own laws, traditions, culture, cuisine and postage stamps. To the tourist it is known for the annual TT motorbike races but at other times for the agreeable and relaxed attitude to life, the same virtues appreciated by the Gaelic cousins just across the water in Ireland and Scotland.

See us on YOUTUBE :

1) Whiskey in the Jar -
2) Ellan Vannin Tragedy -

Check out the band website !


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Island Connections Magazine

Okay, so you may be familiar with the sounds of traditional Scottish and Irish folk music… but … the Isle of Man has something special up it’s sleeve!”
Playing traditional folk along with jazz, rock ‘n roll, and blues, peppered with some James Taylor and Paul Simon numbers, the Stationary Willberries do more than their fair share to keep Manx music alive on the Island and across Europe.

Island Connections Magazine – May 2005
(Imagine8 International Ltd.)

Bard Marc Gunn - Celtic MP3 Music Magazine

Stationary Willberries introduced me to "Pride of Purt la Morra"
Yeah, it's not often I find Celtic folk songs from outside Ireland and Scotland, but I was really happy when The Stationary Willberries introduced me to "Pride of Purt la Morra" which means "The Pride of Port St. Mary", a fun Manx song about a big headed man who is capable of anything and sure of his status in the community. With some rousing sing-along-able lyrics and tasty accordian bits.

Celtic Music News (28. Feb 2004)

Bard Marc Gunn: Celtic Folk Music, Poetry, Pictures
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Carl M. Nielsen

Good Stuff!
There's a lot to say about this album, but I'll try to make it short. It shows a wide range of repertoire,from traditionel folk to modern poptunes, and even a turn around jazz and rock and roll. All done in a warm, goodhearted atmospheare, very pleasent, cozy and relaxin' to hear. The moodfull accordion adds a lot to the the tunes. Of course - in traditionel folksongs it has its natural place. But in the things usually not played with such an instrumentation, it really works and makes some kind of "romantic" effect. In spite of many slow songs the album seen in whole has a fine energy. Usefull for both listening in the armchair and dancing, but without doubt most the first.


Folk & Blues was recorded live at an open-air concert near Zurich
The musical roots of the band are widespread, and their take on folk and blues is a rich and pleasurable listen, incorporating songs by Bob Dylan and Paul Simon alongside traditional folk songs such as "Fiddlers' Green" and Manx folk like "Pride of Purt la Morra." The vocals are resonant and easy on the ear, not too folky or droning -- and the music is excellent.

The band has a wealth of experience and that, combined with their communication and professionalism, makes the album fun to listen and to sing along to. There is a delightful solo guitar rendition of "For No One," from the Beatles, a little lake of tranquility beside an otherwise quite rousing choice of tracks. I enjoyed the eclectic mix, the infectious rhythms and the blend of instruments -- there's a touch of country, Cajun and an a cappella track in the recording, too!

I kept being tickled by the familiarity of the name, yet sure I'd not heard them before -- of course, I was thinking of the Traveling Wilburys! I venture to reassure that this less famous group will not disappoint -- whether stationary or on the move!

- Rambles - written by Jenny Ivor (28 May 2005)

Soaring Spirit Radio Newsletter

A trio from the Isle of Man, Stationary Willberries

Stationary Willberries
A trio from the Isle of Man, Stationary Willberries play traditional Manx folk,
along with contemporary folk, blues and popular music by folks such as James
Taylor, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon- and it all works wonderfully together. One of
their tunes is nothing more than a guitar solo lifted from a Beatles song- yet
it is so exquistly crafted and performed it works beautifully as a stand alone
This seasoned trio share other activities and interests with each other besides
music. Two of them are bicyclists, two of them teachers, a couple of them
working in banks. Somehow these shared life interests have helped them form a
musical bond that results in a sound that resonates emotionally as well as
musically. It doesn't hurt that accordian player Alan Hess provides a strong
bass line lifted electrically from the left hand buttons of his accordian!
It's a great sound, and I suggest you tune into Soaring Spirit Radio to hear it!

While you're listening, follow the link to their website (you'll find the link
at the page above). Lots of pictures, some mp3s to download, as well as video

Alan Smith

The Stationary Willberries
Saw Mike & Al many years ago (over 30) in the Colby Glen Hotel, Isle of Man (with the excellent Laurie Kermode), this album evokes many happy memories. I would recommend it to anyone who likes a real "folkie" feel.