No Petticoats Here (2016)


  • Pride of the Army
  • Perhaps
  • Shoulder to Shoulder
  • Endless Days
  • Freewheeling
  • Queen of Spies
  • Toil, Women, Toil
  • Ripple and Flow
  • Mairi
  • Surplus Women
  • Who Will Remember?


At the outbreak of the Great War in 1914 women were marginalised in society, denied the same rights and privileges as men and barred from many professions and public offices. The Great War provided an opportunity for women to challenge the status quo and play vital roles in the immense undertaking of war and in the process pave the way for greater reform and equality. No Petticoats Here tells some of their stories and is dedicated to all of their courage, achievements, legacy and sacrifices. May their stories continue to be shared, their legends continue to inspire and their spirits continue to blaze a trail for others to follow.

The album sleevenotes come in the form of a forty page booklet containing photographs of the women along with their remarkable stories and lyrics for the songs. All songs are original except Perhaps; words by Vera Brittain. Mixed and produced by Benjamin Marks, mastered by Neil Ferguson. Cover portrait by James Dale. Double bass Jon Thorne; clarinet, accordion and backing vocals Sarah Scutt; banjo and mandolin Sagat Guirey; violin Gay Cullingford; backing vocals Sarah Dollar, Chantelle Pike, Godolphin Singers and the Feisty Beeches; drums Dan Mason. With thanks to relatives of some of the women; Bertin de Bettignies, Paul Knocker, Mary Taylor and academics, researchers and archivists; Patrick Vanleene, Lizzie Crarer, Gail Newsham, Kathryn J Atwood and Ross Turle.

This is a gutsy and meticulously researched project … The acerbic strain of humour in Jordan’s lyrics tempers what might become overly nostalgic and sentimental stories ... an arresting album and an important historical document.


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Jordan has approached her subject with the diligence of a scholar and the heart of an artist … It is in responses like this set of songs that our collective cultural memories are kept alive and, while there have been many musical commemorations of the Great War in the past couple of years, No Petticoats Here is undoubtedly one of the most striking.


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Jordan has produced one of the most touching and powerful folk albums of the year so far... Sounding at times like the late, great Sandy Denny, Jordan is also a remarkably inventive piano player.

The Sunday Express

A landmark album that is engrossing and entrancing and a fitting tribute to some exceptional women. If there’s one album you really should own, then this is it.


Musically, it’s a terrific and highly accomplished piece of work, but its worth far transcends the album to stand as a landmark in the fight to not only illuminate the overlooked role women played in the Great War, but also to serve as a reminder that conflict in the name of right is not the monopoly of the patriarchy.


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An album that matters … one of my albums of the year.

FATEA Magazine

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The songs are riddled with melodies that are hard to ignore … This is a must have album.

Shire Folk

The stories are all moving, the songs written with great love and admiration, and Louise is a fine musician … this is a really worthwhile project yielding some great stories and songs.

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