Saturday, October 15, 2005

Mrs. Ackroyd

Mrs.Acroyd is actually a dog and according to poet and songwriter Les Barker wrote several books of poems with Les's help back on the 70's and 80's. This LP "Mrs Ackroyd - Superstar" in on the Free Reed label from 1977.
Here's a excerpt from the liner notes by Les-
"I was born at an early age in Manchester and quickly became a mediocre left back in a Church of England youth club football team, which consisted of nine catholics, an agnostic and a police cadet who got sent off every week for shouting obscenities at referee's daughters. He is now a big fat constable and kept in a glass case on the Golden Mile at Blackpool. You put your money in the slot and he laughs his head off at you for it."

Anyway, on this great record are various people including Les doing versions of Les's songs. You can find out more about Les Barker and the Mrs. Ackroyd Band HERE.

Les Barker - Holland's Meat Pies

Bob Williamson - Kippers For Tea

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Russell CJ Duffy said...

What is amazing and what this site manages to do is to take something so ordinary, The Long Player, and turn it into something quite magical and strangely historical. Almost like a variant Antiques Road Show.
I am brim full of nostalgia and all becaues of someone that I have never even heard of before!

Wastedpapiers said...

Glad you enjoyed it CJ. Thats the beauty of finding trecords in charity shops and boot sales. Mostly they are things I'd not heard of either and so an education for me too.

splogman said...

Yes, wonderfull. And I even learned that there's something like Holland's meat pies. Where does one order those? Not in Holland, anyway ;-)

Wastedpapiers said...

I don't think I've had a Hollands Meat Pie either. Obviously a Northern delicasy! Now I'm a vegetarian I doubt if I ever will!