Brian Gulland & Richard Harvey ‘Nursery Rhymes’

Nursery Rhymes LP front cover
Nursery Rhymes LP back cover
Nursery Rhymes side A

Brian Gulland (b1951) & Richard Harvey (b1953) are former members of British folk-progressive group Gryphon along Graeme Taylor and Dave Oberlé, whose trademark during their 1973-77 career was making music on Renaissance instruments including krumhorn, flageolet, recorder, bassoon and so on. After the breakup of the group, they both turned to incidental and film music, from Sesame Street to The Da Vinci Code (Harvey). Starting 1977, Harvey and Gulland made several records for British library music label KPM, with 1982 a specially busy year with 3 LPs out, including Nursery Rhymes.

♫ This LP is a collection of traditional British nursery rhymes played on solo instruments, small ensemble or children’s choir. The well-known melodies are given a fresh treatment being interpreted on solo harp, glockenspiel or accordion, while the voices of the Little Missenden Village School in Buckinghamshire touch the heart as only juveniles can do. This is a surprising and probably unique concept in library music, and the only point of comparison that comes to mind is the legendary 1977 Langley Schools Music Project. Anyway, I cannot conceive of someone failing to be moved by Nursery Rhymes.

Nursery Rhymes
59 tracks
Total time 40:40
LP released by KPM Music Library, KPM 1270, 1982


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Harvey & Gulland’s KPM discography:
1979 Pipes, Flutes And Whistles (Harvey), KPM 1227
1980 Nifty Digits (Harvey), KPM 1251
1981 Two People & Country Sketches And Antiquities (Harvey w/D Farnon), KPM 1257
1982 Nursery Rhymes (Harvey w/ Gulland), KPM 1270
1982 Folk Songs (Harvey w/ Gulland), KPM 1271
1982 Unnatural Causes (Harvey), KPM 1282
1984 Fantasia (Harvey), KPM 1319

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4 Responses to “Brian Gulland & Richard Harvey ‘Nursery Rhymes’”

  1. 1 Carl Howard September 17, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Dang, I don’t already have this ? How did THAT happen !!

  2. 2 continuo September 17, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Please, consider this blog as a mere complement to your substantial collection, Carl. Thanks for your comment.

  3. 3 Paul September 17, 2010 at 10:25 am

    There is also “Dunkeld Ditties” produced by Pete Clarke the Perthshire fiddler. It is well worth a listen but only available locally or by mail order

  4. 4 continuo September 17, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Thanks for the recommendation, Paul. The LP looks tempting.

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