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A Gig wid Brig is a 12in. 33RPM LP released in 1974 featuring Brian Jacques, his business partner Liz Crampton, and accompaniment Tony Higham who all went by the group name "Brigantine." The group also performed under the name "Brian Jacques & Brigantine" during the 1970s and 1980s at folk clubs throughout Liverpool. The LP was released on the Sweet Folk And Country label.

The main club at the time which featured Brigantine was called the Metropolitan Folk Club, which initially operated at the Catholic Metropolitan Club in Liverpool, and later a venue called Winston's.

This LP was recorded live in Solihull on March 25, 1974, so Brian was about 34 years old at the time. The title is basically saying "A gig (get together) with Brig(antine)". The venue, Boggery Folk Club, was founded by Jasper Carrott in 1961.

  • Recording Engineer: Johnny Haynes
  • Studio Location:
Sweet Folk All Recordings Ltd.

Notable Tracks[]

The album opens with a cover of "In My Liverpool Home" by Pete McGovern, a famous Liverpool anthem.

Crampton sings a cover of "Someday Soon" by Canadian folk and country singer-songwriter Ian Tyson, which was originally recorded with Sylvia Fricker ("Ian & Sylvia") in 1963 and released subsequently in 1964.

On the B Side, "Deportee (Plane Wreck at Los Gatos)", a 1948 protest song written by Woody Guthrie, is also covered by Crampton (as "Deportees").

Additionally, the poem "Timothy Winters" by Charles Causley is covered by both Jacques and Crampton.


Side A[]

A Gig wid Brig Side A
Track Title Composer Publisher Length
1 Liverpool Home McGovern Spin Publications 5:10
2 Fokkers Jacques Anvil Press 5:16
James Russell Jacques Anvil Press
Folk Song* Jacques Anvil Press
3 Memoirs of a wet night Jacques Anvil Press 3:51
Boghole Monologue Jacques Anvil Press 4:29
4 Someday Soon Tyson Warner Brothers 3:07

Side B[]

A Gig wid Brig Side B
Track Title Composer Publisher Length
1 Deportees Guthrie Tro-Essex Music 5:01
2 Robin Hood Monologue** Jacques Anvil Press 6:35
3 Timothy Winters Causley David Higham Associates 3:39
Pastores a Belem Trad. arr. Crampton Copyright Control 2:43
4 Horizontal Lil** Jacques Anvil Press 3:49
5 Dockland Hassite Jacques Anvil Press 1:39
Leaving of Liverpool Trad. arr. Jacques Copyright Control 3:43
* from Yennoworrameanlike
** from Get Yer Wack

53s sample of "Liverpool Home" - Brigantine (file info) —

Back Cover Text[]

Brian Jacques and Brigantine are definitely entertainment, vulgar, funny, nostalgic, enthusiastic, sad, swaggering, sweet, but never boring. Their material ranges from the sublimely to the gorblimey, with the characteristic Liverpool accent and earthiness proudly in evidence. Brigantine's stamping ground is the North West, based in their hometown of Liverpool they range across Lancashire into Yorkshire and down to Cheshire and Flintshire equally at home in pubs, cabaret, art festivals, happenings and student unions as they are in folk clubs.

Brian Jacques the Head Serang is largely instrumental in the revival of the monologue on the folk scene, a native "scouse" with a face like the Dock Road (before it was re-surfaced) ail that Jake seems to require of life is a cigarette, a pint and an audience as he readily demonstrates on this album with such gems as "Horizontal Lil" and "Folk Song" which are only two of the many epics he has written over the years.

Tony Higham is a guitarist of no mean skill having accompanied Jake since the good old, bad old "Liverpool Fishermen" days. Tony plays both classical and flamenco guitar and is a far more gentlemanly fellow than the other ruffian (Jacques) with whom he has made several television appearances and two previous albums.

Liz Crampton could have had a successful singing career on any scene. The power, clarity, and sweetness of her voice need no selling to audiences in fact she doesn't need a mike most of the time. Liz plays guitar and gives full justice to Charles Causley's "Timothy Winters" and the old faithful roof lifter "Leaving of Liverpool". Many thanks also to the great audience who were with Brigantine every inch of the way, but as Jake later remarked "We managed to shake 'em off at the station".

―Joe Stead