Once described as a "West Country Billy Connolly, although he probably came first", Bristolian singer and raconteur Fred Wedlock has been performing in folk clubs and concerts since the late 1960s.
Fred had various albums on small labels issued in the 1970s, including his own Pilluk Produkshuns, and became widely known early in 1981 when his single The Oldest Swinger In Town hit the UK charts, rising to no 6. Unfortunately he has never maintained that success, but the song is almost guaranteed to be played at family gatherings such as wedding receptions, as the middle-aged uncles and aunts take to the floor to gyrate after a few drinks.
Following that success, Fred has had his own UK Channel 4 TV series Wholly Wedlock and acted as a presenter on other West Country TV shows. He also shared a BBC Radio series with Somerset jazz clarinetist Acker Bilk.
His first two albums for the Village Thing label are included in this release, The Folker (1971) and Frollicks (1973) together with other earlier material and are an extremely welcome reissue.