Folk Music Journal

Folk Music Journal is a magazine focusing on Folk Music

Articles from Vol. 9, No. 3, Annual

Albert Barron Friedman (1920-2006)
Albert Barron Friedman, whose Viking Book of Folk Ballads of the English-Speaking World (1956) became, to the surprise of its compiler, a vade mecum for the folk revival in the United States, died of a heart attack on 11 November 2006, in Los Angeles....
Alfred Cyril Hathaway (1929-2007)
Alfred Cyril Hathaway, widely and affectionately known as 'Alf', was born in the idyllic Cotswold town of Chipping Campden in 1929. His was a musical legacy that spanned at least three generations. His grandfather, Denis William Hathaway (born at Condicote,...
Barry Callaghan (1941-2007)
Barry (Beresford John Godfrey) Callaghan's contribution to the EFDSS and the field of folklore was unique. Although an accomplished writer (see The Thames and Hudson Manual of Film-Making, 1973) and a talented folk dance musician (he played for Lizzie...
Before the Folk-Song Society: Lucy Broadwood and English Folk Song, 1884-97
As Honorary Secretary of the Folk-Song Society and editor of its journal, Lucy E. Broadwood played a major role in the Edwardian phase of the first folk song revival in England. Yet even before the foundation of the society in 1898 she had established...
Correspondence on 'A History of the Rapper Dance', Folk Music Journal, 9.1 (2006), 95-96
Apropos Dr Cawte's coments, might I suggest that his informant's recollection confused the reason given by Kenworthy Schofield for disqualifying Lemington at the 1930 North of England Musical Tournament with the down-marking of Westerhope by Cecil...
Devon by Dog Cart and Bicycle: The Folk Song Collaboration of Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp, 1904-17 (Part I)
The name of Cecil Sharp and his position as a collector of and advocate for folk song is well known to a large section of the public, and the centenary of his first folk song collecting was marked by a number of events and publications in August 2003....
Devon by Dog Cart and Bicycle: The Folk Song Collaboration of Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp, 1904-17 (Part II)
Acknowledgements I would like to thank Dr Merriol Almond, Sabine Baring-Gould's great-granddaughter, for her continued practical support for my work and for the steady encouragement that she has given me over the years. Malcolm Taylor first showed...
Douglas Fowell (1928-2006)
Yet another link with the older forms of traditional dance has sadly been lost with the passing of Doug Fowell, who for more than seventy years was initially triangle player, then dancer, and latterly musician for the Abbots Bromley Horn Dancers. Born...
Editorial
It is astonishing to think that Folk Music journal and its predecessor titles have never published anything of any substance on the Revd Sabine Baring-Gould. Yet, if any one individual can be so identified, Baring-Gould can be called the true pioneer...
Frank Harte (1933-2005)
The death of Frank Harte on the 27 June 2005 left a deep void in the world of Irish traditional singing. Frank saw himself not just as a singer but as the voice of the ordinary people of Ireland. He was born in 1933 in the village of Chapelizod, in...
Frank Purslow (1926-2007)
Frank Purslow was born, with the surname Chapman, in Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 20 February 1926. Encouraged to sing by his aunt, it was the folk songs of family get-togethers and school that stuck in his memory. In his young teens, he read Cecil Sharp's...
Here's One You'll like, I Think: Traditional Fiddle Music from the Forest of Dean
Here's one you'll like, I think: Traditional Fiddle Music from the Forest of Dean Stephen Baldwin. CD + 24 pp. booklet. Musical Traditions MTCD334, 2005. [pounds sterling]12.00. <www.mustrad.org.uk/records> Ask anyone with a serious interest...
John Campbell (1933-2006)
John Campbell died on 2 October 2006. Storytellers, and those who love storytelling and traditional song, who knew him, would agree that he was the best, in every sense. Paddy O'Brien, a storyteller from Kerry said that when he first heard John Campbell,...
Keith Summers's Suffolk Recordings: Good Hearted Fellows: Traditional Folk Songs, Music Hall Songs and Tunes from Suffolk, Recorded 1971 to 1977 by Keith Summers: A Story to Tell: Keith Summers in Suffolk 1972-79
Good Hearted Fellows: Traditional Folk Songs, Music Hall Songs and Tunes from Suffolk, recorded 1971 to 1977 by Keith Summers CD. Veteran VT154CD, 2006. [pounds sterling]12.99. <www.veteran.co.uk> A Story to Tell: Keith Summers in Suffolk...
Meeting's a Pleasure: Folk-Songs of the Upper South
Meeting's a Pleasure: Folk-Songs of the Upper South Volume One: Come All You Men and Maidens; Volume Two: Cruel Willie. Musical Traditions MTCD341-2, 2007. Volume Three: I'll Have a New Life; Volume Four: All I've Got Is Done Gone. Musical Traditions...
Nigel Hudlestone (1915-2006)
Born at his parents' Rillington farm, Nigel Hudlestone went to school in Scarborough. He gained a history MA at Cambridge and then began to specialize in architecture and worked on several prestigious local history renovations. During the Second World...
Patchwork Europe: Early Recordings 1911-1954
Patchwork Europe: Early Recordings 1911-1954 CD + 32 pp. booklet. Wergo SM 1626 2, 2006. [euro]17.50. <www.wergo.de/shop> The promotional blurb on the back cover of this CD notes that it 'presents the traditional music of the old: continent...
Peter Kennedy (1922-2006)
The task of encapsulating Peter Kennedy's life into a short article is a formidable one. Here was a man of vision who achieved more in his lifetime than most could fit into several. His body of work is monumental, but at the same time he was in some...
Peter Kennedy: A Personal Memoir
I was an avid listener to Peter Kennedy's pioneering radio series featuring traditional singers in the 1950s but I did not meet him until 1975, shortly after his rich and massive anthology, Folksongs of Britain and Ireland, came out. By this time I...
Peter Kennedy: Times Remembered
My first meeting with Peter Kennedy was at Plympton Youth Folk Dance Club in 1950, when I was sixteen. Nibs Matthews was our teacher and I played piano accordion. That evening I went home elated. It must have been something to do with Peter's personality,...
Philip J. Thomas (1921-2007)
Phil Thomas was the foremost collector of English-language folk songs in British Columbia. He was also well known as a singer and banjoist whose repertoire was rooted in the songs of his native land, many of which would have disappeared but for his...
Sophie Legg (1918-2007)
Sophie Legg, was the last of her generation of the Orchard family of West Country Travellers. Her father, Edwin, lived in Plymouth in his youth, his parents having settled in Coxside, from where they hawked around the city. Edwin took a job shovelling...
The Jew's Harp in the Law, 1590-1825
Prior to the nineteenth century, written references to the Jew's harp are scarce and mention of named players is extremely rare. One source, however, that describes individuals and their circumstances can be found in criminal trial records. In fact,...
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