1. Be Reasonable (Words and Music Robb Johnson) 3:27
2. Bloody Rotten Audience (Words and Music Tony Miles) 4:34
3. Drink Down The Moon (Words and Music The Dambuskers) 4:10
4. Fat People In Love (Words and music Alan Moorehouse) 2:16
5. The Gates of Hell (Words and Music Andrew Morris) 3:39
6. Hairy Mary (Trad.) 3:08
7. Jessie Munroe (Trad.) 3:45
8. My Health Dear (Words and Music Jon Isherwood) 3:20
9. My Old Guitar (Words and Music Jon Isherwood) 3:53
10. Ordinary Man (Words and Music Peter Hames) 4:11
11. The Rawmarsh Mashers (Trad) 3:28
12. Shine (Words and Music Cecil Mak and Lou Brown) 2:33
13. Signora (Words and Music Merson,Connor & Ross) 4:42
14. Sixth and Porter (Trad) 3:25
15. Three Nights and A Sunday Double Time (Words and Music Matt McGinn) 3:44
16. Two Recruiting Sergeants (Trad) 4:51
17. Whip Jamboree (Trad) 3:54
18. Up North (Words and Music John Meeks) 3:34
19. The Martians Have Landed In Rawmarsh (Words some Mashers mainly Wrigley and music
Bernard Wrigley) 2:52
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Raw as you like but you'll love it.
There’s something comforting about the certainty that come what may, the idiosyncratic
roots of regional English folk grow deep. And if you need confirmation, then listen
to Deliberate Mistake from the Rawmarsh Mashers. Seemingly, this album is their attempt
to reproduce the trademark rawness of The Mashers live. Well that’s true it’s basic
and raw - but it’s also bloody good. If you want a pub session in your living room
then this is the one for you.
On Deliberate Mistake you’ll find a selection of songs blending life experience,
irreverent and bizarre humour, love of the North, a fondness for strong drink and
the odd hard-hitting punch between the eyes. And that’s what makes it so good, because
just when you think you’re listening to a couple of jokers you find there’s a serious
side in there too. Their take on “Be Reasonable” and “Bloody Rotten Audience” are
great, so is their rendition of “Fat People in Love” - all jolly fun-packed stuff.
Then you get a savage adaptation of “Ordinary Man” and a fine burst of tradition
with the drinking song “Sixth and Porter” and “Two Recruiting Sergeants”.
The Mashers clearly have a view of life that thrives on taking a poke at just about
anything; as long as it keeps a serious and abiding respect for Rotherham and all
points North. This album will never go down as a folk milestone but it’s entertaining
and fun! and ain’t that what it’s all about?
I’m willing to bet that Deliberate Mistake will stay on your CD stack long after
you replace the others.
TIM CARROL OF FOLKWORDS.COM
THIS IS WHAT TIM CARROLL HAS TO SAY ABOUT
The Rawmarsh Mashers “DELIBERATE MISTAKE” (Own Label)
Who on earth? What on earth? What the hell? Answers to all these and many other
burning questions are available on the below-mentioned MySpace link, but as for the
basics, The Rawmarsh Mashers are (is) best described as a good-time folk (-ish) duo
based near Rotherham (deep in the fair Republic Of South Yorkshire), whose totally
admirable credo is to play live, to entertain and to have fun.
No fancy arrangements, no pretensions to great art or deep philosophical statement:
just good honest old-fashioned fun-folk - supremely raw, loud, lively and above all
ultra-enthusiastic and yet not without a certain level of right-on political stance
that appeals greatly to my own nature and sensibilities.
Together, the redoubtable Mashers Richard (lead vocals and rhythm guitar) and Myke
(lead guitar and backing vocals) provide the necessary antidote to the sides of folk
that continually threaten to become over-serious. They’ve a distinct kinship with
groups like the (Liverpool) Spinners or Fivepenny Piece, or at any rate how they
were before they got too (and too polished and too sentimental). And although based
in Rotherham, they are both exiles from further south (the Gosport and Portsmouth
area being Richard’s early stamping-ground, whereas Myke hails from Cheshire) and
clearly they love the North (sensible fellas!).
You might say the Mashers choice of material is unashamedly populist, but in the
nicest possible way. Aside from a host of 60s pop classics (not represented on this
CD), they trade mostly in songs irreverently reflecting the vagaries and idiosyncrasies
of life itself, whether directly comedic or genially wistful, and generally of the
pub-singalong variety, with a smattering of crowd-pleasers (traditional fare like
“Two Recruiting Sergeants” and “Whip Jamboree”, and the Dambuskers “Drink Down The
Moon”) nestling in amongst a deceptively canny selection of modern-day works loosely
in the folk-satire category, from the pens of often underrated writers like Matt
McGinn “Three Nights And A Sunday Double Time”, Jon Isherwood “My Health Dear”, Robb
Johnson “Be Reasonable” and in Tony Miles “Bloody Rotten Audience”. The Mashers even
have a theme song that sets out their stall pretty directly and persuasively (perhaps
that should’ve been placed first on the CD?)!
They also creditably exhume the traditional tale of Jessie Munroe and do a nice
line in justified righteous anger with a passionate take on Peter Hames “Ordinary
Man”, while on the other hand who can possibly resist their customised corruption
of Bernard Wrigley “The Martians Have Landed In Rawmarsh?!”
And so what if some of the jokes are at times toe-curlingly predictable?! This CD,
a totally WYSIWYG affair, although produced by Brian Bedford, is unadulterated Mashers
by which I don’t mean it’s childish, but that it’s utterly devoid of any studio enhancements.
It’s exactly as the Mashers sound live, down to every last “deliberate mistake”.
Actually (and the Mashers probably won’t like me for saying this!), there’s a bigger
degree of accomplishment here than I’ve heard in some professional recordings, it’s
just that it’s unashamedly warm and kept under wraps somewhat, for the Mashers overriding
concern is that both they and their audience enjoy themselves.
They’re good at what they do, they have their niche, they stick to it - and good
for them! So any critical review that might castigate them for a few wrong words
here or a duff chord-change there, an off-key vocal or a crap entry, is just not
appropriate and in any case, anything in the first-mentioned category (most likely
mis-hearings or mondegreens!) is all part of the time-honoured folk process in the
And anyone who through the Mashers brazenly brash and purposely no-frills presentation
gets the impression that they’re just taking the p*** and have no respect for their
material or their audience, well they’re missing the point entirely: they do care,
and to a perhaps surprising extent.
Don’t expect jaw-dropping instrumental technique, cutting-edge musical adventures
or sensitive expression instead, just go with the flow (yes, there is one!) and you’ll
have a great time. Just like I did. And nowt wrong wi that, guv!
THIS IS WHAT DAVID KIDMAN HAS TO SAY ABOUT
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