Folk Music Journal

Folk Music Journal is a magazine focusing on Folk Music

Articles from Vol. 8, No. 4, Annual

Alan Lomax (1915-2002)
Alan Lomax died on 19 July 2002. Born in Austin, Texas, on 31 January 1915, Alan was the third child of John and Bess (nee Brown) Lomax. He spent most of his youth in Dallas and Austin, graduating with a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Texas...
A Sailor Went to Sea: Theme and Variations
Clapping games are an important part of the play repertoire of primary-school-age girls. The games give the appearance of great complexity when performed by skilled practitioners. A closer examination of the movements and music shows that children...
Editorial
One hundred years ago Cecil Sharp collected his first folk song from John England, whose photograph graces our cover this year. Derek Schofield traces both the background to and the aftermath of this encounter, to put the event in its context. Part...
Folk Songs in Print: Text and Tradition
'Oral tradition' has long been considered a defining characteristic of folk songs. Yet England has been a text-based society over the whole of the period from which ballads and folk songs are known (often through printed sources). In place of the emphasis...
Frederick Charles Jordan (1922-2002)
The youngest of the five children of Ellen and Charles Jordan, Fred was born on 5 January 1922, in Ludlow, Shropshire, where his parents had relocated in May 1909 from Yardley, Birmingham, to live in a three-storey house adjacent to the castle walls....
From Puck to Appleby: Songs of Irish Travellers in England, Incorporating Early in the Month of Spring
From Puck to Appleby: Songs of Irish Travellers in England, incorporating Early in the Month of Spring 2 CDs, MTCD 325-26, Musical Traditions, 2003. [pounds sterling]16. Available From Musical Traditions, 1 Castle Street, Stroud, Gloucestershire...
John Barleycorn: The Evolution of a Folk-Song Family
Analysis of the early ancestors of the popular folk song 'John Barleycorn' reveals a family of songs, each appearing to be a separate positive act of re-composition based on a common theme. Between the mid sixteenth and early eighteenth centuries,...
Paddy Tunney (1921-2002)
Paddy Tunney, Irish traditional singer, lilter, dancer, story teller, poet, broadcaster and writer, was born 28 January 1921, died 6 December 2002, aged 81, and was buried at Conwall Cemetery, Letterkenny, Donegal, Ireland. Kind friends and companions...
Sowing the Seeds: Cecil Sharp and Charles Marson in Somerset in 1903
2003 marks the centenary of Cecil Sharp's first folk-song collecting, in the village of Hambridge in Somerset, with the assistance of the local clergyman Charles Marson. The first song collected, from John England, was 'The Seeds of Love', which Sharp...
The Earliest Reference to the Morris Dance?
The author rehearses fifteenth-century forms of the words for 'morris' as a dance or performance and adduces a new antedating of the earliest occurrence of the word in English, from 1448. In 2002 John Forrest and I announced in Notes & Queries...
The James Madison Carpenter Collection Online Catalogue: A Searchable Online Catalogue of the James Madison Carpenter Collection, Held at the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
The James Madison Carpenter Collection Online Catalogue: A Searchable Online Catalogue of the James Madison Carpenter Collection, held at the Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress Catalogued and encoded by Julia...
Travellers' Tales: Songs, Stories and Ballads from Scottish Travellers
Travellers' Tales: Songs, Stories and Ballads from Scottish Travellers 2 CDs, Kyloe Records, 2002. Available from Rosebank Cottage, Cow Road, Spittal, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 1RY In May of this year, Peter Shepheard promoted a weekend of traditional...
Wisdom ('Wiggy') Smith (1926-2001)
Wiggy was one of the last of the English Traveller singers to sing old songs in the old style. He was born in a covered wagon near Bristol in the days when roadside gypsies were a more common sight than nowadays. His family travelled around the West...
World Library of Folk and Primitive Music: Aragon and Valencia (the Alan Lomax Collection)
World Library of Folk and Primitive Music: Aragon and Valencia (The Alan Lomax Collection) CD, 1762, Rounder, 2001. $15.98 The concept of Spanish music internationally has been heavily dominated by flamenco, the vibrant music, songs and dances...
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