Folk Music Journal

Folk Music Journal is a magazine focusing on Folk Music

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 5, Annual

Archie Green (1917-2009)
Archie Green's magnificent Only a Miner: Studies in Recorded Coal-Mining Songs bore this dedication: To my father Samuel for whom the skills of hand and head are one. This encomium applied equally well to Archie...
As I Went Down to Horsham
As I Went Down to Horsham Mabs and Gordon Hall. CD + 24 pp. booklet. Veteran VT115CD, 2008. [pounds sterling]12.99. <www.veteran.co.uk> In terms of quality, the Veteran label has excelled even its own exemplary standards with this CD,...
Cannibal Ballads: Not Just a Question of Taste
William Makepeace Thackeray's poem 'Little Billee' was a literary parody of a traditional French song about survival cannibalism at sea. It entered oral tradition not only among its target audience in the song and supper clubs, but also among sailors....
Charles Alexander 'Sandy' Paton (1929-2009)
Charles Alexander 'Sandy' Paton died peacefully on 26 July 2009, at the age of eighty. He leaves behind a legacy of important and lasting contributions to the field of folk music, through a career that spanned over five decades as performer, collector,...
D. R. Jones, 'Lady Ruth Herbert Lewis (1871-1946)
D. R. Jones, 'Lady Ruth Herbert Lewis (1871-1946): Indefatigable Collector of Flintshire's Folk-Songs', Flintshire Historical Society Journal, 37 (2007), 106-68. This article, in a Welsh periodical, is noted here because it might not otherwise have...
Editorial
This issue of Folk Music Journal brings volume 9 to a close. This has proved to be one of the largest volumes in the history of the journal and at the same time has seen the journal and its predecessors achieve a secure place in the electronic world...
George Withers (1924-2009)
George Withers was steeped in the life, ways, and traditions of the West Country and, in particular, of his native Somerset. Born in 1924, the year Cecil Sharp died, George was one of six children: one boy and five girls. Their father was a dairy farmer...
Hugh Edwin Shields (1929-2008)
Dr Hugh Shields, Ireland's greatest scholar of ballad and song, friend and mentor of a generation of singers and students of song in Ireland, died on 16 July 2008. He was the most incisive commentator on Irish song of any time. He combined love of...
Ken Stubbs (1923-2008)
Kenneth Charles Stubbs was born in Beckenham, Kent, on 18 November 1923, and died in Norwich on 3 November 2008. Following a service in the church of Saint George, Tombland, he was buried, as he had wished, in the Norwich City (Earlham Road) Cemetery,...
Mike Seeger (1933-2009)
One of the almost legendary names in old-time traditional American music has passed on, a week short of his seventy-sixth birthday. Mike was the son of ultra-modern composer and early ethnomusicologist Charles Seeger and composer, arranger, and musicologist...
Onder De Groene Linde: 163 Verhalende Liederen Uit De Mondelinge Overlevering Opgenomen Door Ate Doornbosch E.A
Onder de Groene Linde: 163 verhalende liederen uit de mondelinge overlevering opgenomen door Ate Doornbosch e.a (Under the Green Linden: 163 Dutch Ballads from the Oral Tradition Recorded by Ate Doornbosch et al.) Ed. by Louis Peter Grijp and Ineke...
Resources in the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library: The Ella Mary Leather Manuscript Collection
The character of the folklorist Ella Mary Leather (1874-1928) has remained something of an enigma, a curious fact, considering the importance of her seminal study The Folk-Lore of Herefordshire (1912), her work with Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams,...
Rita Keane (1923-2009)
When I first heard Rica and Sarah Keane sing 'Lord Donegal' in a crowded County Galway pub in 1968, I knew I was listening to something very special. Sarah's voice, always prominent, with the sensitive undertone of Rita's voice following with every...
The Brazil Family: Down by the Old Riverside
The Brazil Family: Down by the Old Riverside Musical Traditions MTCD345-7, 2007. 3 CDs + 48pp. booklet. [pounds sterling]20.00. <www.mustrad.org.uk/records.htm> The Topic LP Travellers has a particularly arresting cover: a large, close-up...
The Evolution of the 'Eightsome Reel'
The 'Eightsome Reel' is a fusion of opposites: the elegant quadrille with its French roots and the energetic reel native to Scotland. In the three-part structure of the 'Eightsome Reel', which evolved from the mid-1880s to the late 1890s, communal...
The North Skelton Sword Dance
A photograph of the North Skelton Sword Dancers c. 1900 has recently come to light in a private collection in Cleveland (Figure 1). This image portrays a thirteen-strong company comprising six dancers, Gentleman, Musician, Isaac, Ragman(?), and three...
Three Bampton Morris Dancers: Thomas Albert 'Son' Townsend, Francis Shergold, and George Hunt
The old custom of morris dancing in villages of the south midlands, already generally defunct as a viable cultural expression by the final quarter of the nineteenth century, nevertheless lingered on in a handful of locations, periodically stimulated...
Wild Wild Berry: The Songs of Ray Driscoll
Wild Wild Berry: The Songs of Ray Driscoll Artension CD 703. [pounds sterling]12.00 (+ [pounds sterling]1 p&p UK; [pounds sterling]2 overseas) via Paypal. <properjob_publications@yahoo.co.uk> (or cheque payable to G. Davies, at Driscoll...
William Stanley Robertson (1940-2009)
William Stanley Robertson was born in 1940 into a large family of the Travelling people. In fact, he was the second youngest of fourteen. His father, William Robertson, whom Stanley always described as 'a very military man', was, like several other...
Zmaga Kumer (1924-2008)
Zmaga Kumer, who passed away on 27 December 2008, was a Slovenian ethnomusicologist and leading Slovenian folk song researcher, a folklorist and Slavic expert, research adviser at the ZRC SAZU Institute of Ethnomusicology in Ljubljana, and an outstanding...