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Finest Kind: For Honour & For Gain
FAM09: 2010

CD: $15.50
Finest Kind's latest, released July 2010.
FH&FGOn Finest Kind's fifth CD, Ian, Ann, and Shelley show what nearly two decades of singing together sounds like: brilliant harmonies, innovative arrangements, and immaculate performances that range over a vast expanse of repertoire--old ballads and country classics, fun parodies, songs of protest and heartbreak, and a cool, new Christmas carol. For Honour & For Gain is half a capella, half accompanied, with instrumental honours courtesy of the trio, plus Michael Ball, Jody Benjamin, Jeff McClintock, Brian Sanderson, and James Stephens. Produced by James Stephens.

Bay of Biscay
She Thinks I Still Care
Claudy Banks
Short Life of Trouble
Thomas & Nancy
Bully in the Alley
He Comes Like Rain(Like Wind He Goes)
Song of the Lower Classes
Lowlands Low
John Barleycorn Deconstructed
Why Should I be Lonely?
Tenting on the Old Camp Ground
Christmas Trilogy
The Lass That Loved a Sailor
From Dover to Calais
The Riley Boys
Farm! Farm!
By the Green Grove

Finest Kind: Silks & Spices
FAM05: 2003

CD: $15.50

In the trio's own words: Silks & Spices
Finest Kind’s repertoire has so many sources, our musical closet so many skeletons, and our performances so many opposing elements, there’s no neat summing us up. “Folk music” serves as a point of departure, but in our case obscures as much as it explains.
The best we’ve come up with is a slogan, “Old Songs in Close Harmony.” But it too only partially covers the ground. Take the word “old:” on
Silks & Spices there’s blackletter-broadside old, Napoleonic-days-of-sail old, Victorian Christmas and golden-age-of-country-music old, Ottawa-Valley-logging and early-American-sheet-music old, antiwar-protest, civil-rights, and bellbottom-pants old—plus one song with a tune as old as Canada but words written 136 years later.
As for “close harmony,” well, we’re often told that Finest Kind sounds like no one else, but in our arrangements we hear the harmonic strains of the Copper Family and Young Tradition, barbershop quartet and Sacred Harp, doo wop and country brother duos, and many more. How can we bundle that up in a nice neat phrase?
So we decided
Silks & Spices was an apt title for this CD. Finest Kind is not one thing or another, but some of each and every. Once you hear us, you understand what we do.

Produced by James Stephens, who also adds his instrumental magic to the CD.

Bright Shining Morning
Fair Maid Walking
At the End of a Long Lonely Day
The Ten Dollar Bill
The Maple Leaf Forever
As I Roved Out
Jack the Jolly Tar
Shepherd of the Downs
John Barleycorn
Sweet Forget-Me-Not
Shepherds Arise
Blackest Crow
The Painful Plough
The Times They Are a-Changin'
Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?  

Finest Kind: Heart's Delight
FAM03: 1999

CD: $15.50

Cassette $9

Heart's DelightFollowing in the footsteps of Lost in Song, Finest Kind's second release demonstrates once again why they are considered among the most exciting exponents of vocal harmony on the scene. Like the first recording, this one is crammed with a rich and varied mixture of mostly old songs from Canada, England and the U.S., plus a few more recently penned gems including a couple written by band members Shelley Posen and Ian Robb. Includes guest appearances by Ian Clark, Ken Harper and James Stephens. Produced by James Stephens.
A Sailor's Life
Fond Affection
The Fugitive's Lament
Jack Ashton
If You Can't Get Five, Take Two
Brigg Fair
Someday You'll Call My Name
April Morning
In Praise of Alcohol
Down at the End of Memory's Lane
Homeless Wassail
The Mermaid
Squid Jiggin' Ground
Home in Pasadena
No More Fish, No Fishermen
Who Will Sing for Me

Finest Kind: Lost in a Song
FAM02: 1996

CD: $15.50
Cassette $9

Lost in a SongFinest Kind's debut CD and cassette release from Ian Robb, Shelley Posen and Ann Downey. Lost in a Song is a collection of old and new songs from Britain, Canada and the US, all delivered with Finest Kind's trademark hair-raising vocal harmonies. The songs are about half-and-half acapella and accompanied, and the latter feature some very tasteful fiddle and mandolin back-up from producer James Stephens, in addition to the trio's own guitar, bass, banjo and concertina.

The Banks of Sweet Primroses
Give me Just a Little More Time
The Miner's Dream of Home
Blue Mountain
The Sussex Drinking Song
The Night Pat Murphy Died
The Storms May Roll the Ocean
Goodnight-Loving Trail
Only Remembered
Going to the West
A Handful of Maple Leaves
Gower Wassail
What Was I Supposed to Do
I Heard the Bluebird Sing
The Faded Roses of December
A Pilgrim's Way

Finest Kind with John D. Huston: Feasts & Spirits
FAM07: 2004

CD: $15.50

Feasts & SpiritsThe rich and sparkling vocal harmonies of Finest Kind are a natural setting for Christmas carols and wassails. Add some classic excerpts from Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, masterfully delivered by Mr. Dickens himself, and you have all the ingredients of a spirit-raising feast for the ears. Canadian actor John D. Huston is known for his acclaimed one man show Charles Dickens Reads A Christmas Carol.

Shepherds Arise
A Tight-Fisted Hand at the Grindstone
Horsham Tipteerers' Song
The Face in the Knocker
Gower Wassail
Party at Fezziwig's
The Holly and the Ivy
The Cratchit's Christmas Dinner
While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night
The Two Children–Ignorance and Want
The Homeless Wassail
Grieving for Tiny Tim
The Cradle Carol

Christmas Morning
O Little Town of Bethlehem 
The End of It
Please to See the King
Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

Ian Robb with James Stephens, Greg Brown and Ian Clark: Jiig
FAM06 2005

CD: $15.50

JiigIan Robb teams up with three great players in James Stephens, Ian Clark and Greg T. Brown for a wonderfully varied selection of old and new songs and tunes. A long-awaited follow-up to his 1994 recording From Different Angels, Jiig again offers everything from great solo ballad singing to jigs reels and waltzes.  Guest appearances from Grit Laskin, Ben Grossman, Philip Murphy and Finest Kind's Ann Downey and Shelley Posen.

2005 Canadian Folk Music Award: Awarded Best Singer - Traditional, and nominated for Best Album - Traditional  

Chicken on a Raft
Missing the F in C, Shindigo Jig, The End of Winter.
The Oggie Man
I Should Like to be a Policeman
The Rambling Sailor
Fen’s Bedtime, The Conundrum
The Rose in June
The Female Rambling Sailor
The Gallant Frigate Amphitrite
Angeline the Baker, Abe’s Retreat
Sweet Thames Flow Softly

The Bonny Black Hare
The Rose of Allandale, Swannanoa

Ian Robb: From Different Angels
FAM01 1994

CD: $15.50
Cassette $9

FromDifferentAngelsWith: Finest Kind, The Old Sod Band, Friends of Fiddlers Green, Garnet Rogers, Chris Whiteley. Produced by Ken Whiteley. Grand vocal harmonies from Finest Kind and fine musicianship. A tribute to the late Peter Bellamy, Ewan MacColl and Stan Rogers.

The Santa Fe Trail
Farmer's Boy
The Moving Cloud / Miss Thornton / Skepper Schotish
The Big Hewer
Make and Break Harbour
Ye Mariners All
Garnet's Home-Made Beer
The Last Minute Waltz / Midnight on the Water
A-Roving on a Winter-s Night
Green Groves
Charlie Hunter / McGuire's / Cape Breton Dream
The Lag's Song
D-Day Dodgers
They're Taking it Away
Cattle in the Cane / Vladimir's Steamboat
The Mary Ellen Carter

For Ian Robb's Folk Legacy Recordings (The Barley Grain for Me, Hang the Piper, Rose & Crown), please visit

The Old Sod Band: Grass Roots
FAM04 2001

This CD is out of stock, but is available as a Virtual CD download for $12, from our Downloads page

Old Sod Band'Grass Roots' is the first release by 'The Old Sod Band', the long time house band at Ottawa Contra Dances. This recording covers a range of musical roots from Quebec to Ireland, the U.S. and Scotland. Although primarily traditional, the recording features some favorite original jigs, reels and waltzes from around the globe. Fiddler Dan Schryer and concertina player Ian Robb are joined by Ann Downey (bass, banjo, percussion), Ian Clark (guitar), Philip Murphy (guitar, mandolin) and Tim Cutts (mandolin, mandola, tenor banjo, nyckelharpa). A note for dancers- some sets are long enough to be used at your bandless dances! Guest appearances include Denis Lanctot, Don Kavanagh, Raj Mudhar and James Stephens. Produced by James Stephens.

Julia Delaney/Tam Lin/The Banshee
Miss Sarah McFadyen/Princess Nancy/Hills of Sharon
Far Away/Old Madera
Vingt Quatre Juin/Reel de Fauberg/Pointe au Pic
Margaret Brown's Favourite/Ben Keily's Delight/Pay the Reckoning 
Johsefins Dopvals
Trip to Durrow/Paddy Ryan's Dream/Sheila Coyles
Sonny Brogan's/Brian O'Lynn/Blue Jay
Over Land and Sea/Reel Beatrice


Tim Radford: Home From Home (FAM08) 2005

CD: $15.50

Home from Home with Guests:
Ian Robb, Finest Kind, James Stephens, Chris Leslie, John Roberts, Jeff McClintock and Brian Sanderson.
Released in May 2005 Biography & info

Tim Radford, an English singer now living on Cape Cod, has recorded again after a period of near thirty years, his singing inactivity being due to decades of concentration on Morris dancing in the villages of Adderbury and Kirtlington, Oxfordshire.

Now back to his first love, this recording contains songs old and new with 10 accompanied and 7 unaccompanied tracks. It includes a range of material from chorus songs to ballads, mainly traditional material but with a scattering of composed songs, some written by old friends. There is a strong commitment to songs collected in the south of England, particularly from Hampshire and Dorset, a part of the country where Tim was born and raised.
Come, Come my Friends
John Barleycorn
The Bird in the Bush
Fair Maid of Australia
Winter Man (Chris Leslie)
New Year (Jehanne Mehta)
The Month of January

Cupid's Garden
The Brokendown Gentleman
Love in June
Lymington Round & Round (Rick Keeling)
The Spotted Cow
Washing Day
George Collins
The Rolling of The Stones
Here is My Home (Si Kahn)

The Friends of Fiddler's Green: This Side of The Ocean
3 1997

CD: $15.50

This Side of the Ocean
CD re-release of the Friends' first vinyl album, produced by Ken Whiteley. Enriched with a bunch of live tracks recorded in the intervening years. Great songs, tunes and stories, from a band which refuses to take itself seriously. Vintage FOFG, matured (huh?) in the barrel, challenging to the palate, a big nose and nice legs. Has been known to make grown men cry.

Oats and Beans
Polkas: Salmon Tails Up the Water/Harper's Frolic/
Kelty Clippie
Down in the Coalmine
The Golden Vanity
Come Me Little Son
The Shetland Fiddler/High Road to Linton
The Oily Rig
Hornpipes: The Black Swan/The High Level Bridge
The Works Outing
Torn A' Ma Goon/Captain Ross
Kiss Me Goodnight, Sergeant-Major/Bless 'Em All
The Hole in the Wall/Once I Loved a Maiden Fair
The Hell-For-Leather Polkas
Freedom Come All Yes
Over the Gate
Arky's Toast
Malpas Wassail
Miss McLeod of Raasay/The Mason's Apron
The Dogs