Gladys' Leap

Gladys' Leap

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Gladys' Leap is a folk rock album by Fairport Convention originally released in August 1985. It was recorded in April and May 1985 at Woodworm Studios, Barford St. Michael, Oxfordshire, UK. It was produced and engineered by Simon Nicol, Dave Mattacks and Dave Pegg and the assistant engineers were Tim Matyear and Mark Powell.

The title comes from Gladys Hillier, who was a postwoman for Cranham, a village near Stroud in Gloucestershire, England. As a short-cut, to save a two mile walk, she used to jump the three feet (~ 1 metre) across a stream on her round. In 1977 the Ordnance Survey agreed to name the spot in her honour, and in 2005 a footbridge was built across the stream. Fairport heard the story, and named the album in Gladys' honour.

Track listing

Side one (The Folkside)

  1. "How Many Times" (Richard Thompson) - 3:29
  2. "Bird from the Mountain" (Ralph McTell) - 4:51
  3. "Honour and Praise" (John Richards) - 5:21
  4. The Hiring Fair (Ralph McTell, Dave Mattacks) - 5:53


Side two (The Backside)

  1. Instrumental Medley '85 - 5:08
    1. The Riverhead (Dave Pegg)
    2. Gladys' Leap (Dave Pegg)
    3. The Wise Maid (Trad. Arr. Simon Nicol/Dave Pegg)
  2. My Feet are Set for Dancing (Cathy Lesurf, Arranged by Bill Martin) - 4:01
  3. "Wat Tyler" (Ralph McTell/Simon Nicol) - 5:36
  4. "Head in a Sack" (Dave Whetstone) - 4:23


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