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Four Jolly Bowlers

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During the 1970s and early 1980s an annual series of verse and music programmes especially designed to fill the intervals of Test Matches was heard on BBC Radio 3. All the programmes were presented by John Arlott, with readings from Robin Holmes and Valentine Dyall and all the music was provided by the Yetties. The Yetties—Bonny Sartin, Mac McCulloch and Pete Shutler, three sons of Yetminster in Dorset—were natural exponents of the folk tradition and complemented perfectly John’s lyrics which reflected his insight into the mindset of cricketers lauded and local. As producer of the programmes and on behalf of the BBC, I commissioned a number of songs, including this one. Eventually, they formed the basis of an LP and cassette recording which was issued by Charisma Records in 1984.

from notes by David Allen © 2011


Songs of cricket
SIGCD217Download only


Track 7 on SIGCD217 [2'24] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD217 track 7

Recording date
28 February 2011
Recording venue
Air Studios, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Jake Jackson & Chris Barrett
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  1. Songs of cricket (SIGCD217)
    Disc 1 Track 7
    Release date: July 2011
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