1947-2011 Martin Jenkins “Still Carrying Your Smile” Jenk’s… teenage survivor of the early 60’s Berlin Rock School of Kunst. Writer of seminal folk music songs. Multi instrumentalist. One of the finest mandolin players of the English tradition. Founder member of Dando Shaft, Hedgehog Pie, Bert Jansch Conundrum, Whippersnapper and more. Famously after-hours ‘how late will you play till?’ His love of Bulgarian music via J. Boyd, J.Wildfinger Martyn and others, led to many adventures. He outvented the trans-EU Patois Bulglish!, forever pragmatic. He married the famous and gorgeous ‘Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares’ soloist Kalika Vulcheva. What a wedding, a three day party. He went on to spend his later years, near Vana:•) A respected musical performer interpreter and musical director.
I learned many things from the years with and without him. I recall his almost absolute focus on the task. One of his stories from Berlin mid 60’s. The band bribed him with an offer of a steak dinner if he learned Hava Nagila, tricky, by the weekend. Driven by the thrill of a recently acquired Watkins Copycat reverb, usually skint but with the promise, he duly fulfilled the request. You can check his Promo for a taste of what must be described as a legendary wit. We are fortunate to have shared some time. So delighted to be able to still share the wonderful bounty of the gifts he left. To know him was to love him. May we always “Carry Your Smile” #Coopz March 2023
A compilation of the music of Martin Jenkins. The collection includes a download re-release of the 1984 album “Carry Your Smile”
This is a collaboration between Mart’s son Ray and Dando Shaft founder/member Dave Cooper. It is an ongoing project. We hope you enjoy Volume Two. Six tracks from ‘Carry Your Smile’ and a further six tracks selected from historical recordings. All have been remastered and are offered as 48 kHz 360 bit resolution MP3. A single self expanding Zip archive is our preferred delivery method. Contact us if you require other file formats.
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‘Not A Day Can Pass’ (M.Jenkins 1983) A favourite song from the album. Tender and poetic lyrics a great tune and arrangement.
‘On A Monday’ Solo vocals with Mandochello a funky version of Ry Cooder’s song. Almost done….
‘Cluck Old Hen’ Jenks and the chaps go chicken-picking.(Fiddlin John Carson)
“Coming Back To Stay” An early Dando Shaft song revisited and renamed. Mr Brook cooking on the skins.
‘Cannot Keep From Crying Sometimes’ (D. Graham) Rocking upbeat version of a great folk classic.
‘Kingdom’ Really pleased to be able to include this special version of the Dando Shaft song. Written by Mart and featured on the 1976 Rubber Records album of the same name. Thanks to Ray and the boys for this timely splendid track and homage.
“The Parting Glass”(Trad Arr. M. Jenkins) Swinging in 5/4 time pure M.J. Seminal version of this folk classic.
‘The Raft Song’ (D.Cooper) From ‘Sounds of The Seventies’ BBC concert recording 1970. This is quite a find being the only version of this arrangement. It later became “Harp Lady” on the ‘Lantaloon’ album. The song oscillates between 11/8 and 7/8. A tour de force duet as Mart and Polly deliver this plea for kindness.
‘Rajam Cèilidh Band’ (M.Jenkins) Funky folk. “Kick of your shoes and come dancing…
‘September Wine’ Mighty rendition. Live concert recording 1971. Smashy•) says its “Freaky folk..” Extended ending