Re-issue of the 1977 "Hit Single" - Back by Public Demand
WOOLSTON FERRY/BACK IN SOUTHAMPTON
Gutta Percha & The Balladeers
FT CDS1 Bespoke CD-R
2 tracks 7 minutes Re-issued2004
Mike Sadler (Gutta Percha), vocals; Pete Mills, harmonica and chorus;
Vic Wilton, banjo and chorus; Dave Williams, guitar and chorus
Woolston Ferry was written by Southampton songsmith Mike Sadler (a.k.a Gutta Percha) back in the 1960s as Southamptons answer to Ferry Cross The Mersey. It quickly captured public imagination and was sung in folk
clubs & public bars.
When the Itchen 'Floating Bridge' (as the chain ferry was properly referred to) was being replaced by the Itchen Bridge in 1977, Forest Tracks (of whom Dave was a founder member) though it might be a good idea to release the song as a Limited Issue single. So the Balladeers got together again after almost twenty years to back Gutta Percha on the record.
It immediately captured the hearts of Sotonians again, many of whom were sorry to see the end of the Floating Bridge. With a B side of Back in Southampton another of Mikes songs, it sold well over 2000 copies and remained at the top of the local charts for several weeks, keeping The Sex Pistols from no 1.
AS HEARD ON BBC RADIO SOLENT'S NICK GIRDLER SHOW!