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The Barley Mow

The Barley Mow (HMV 7EG 8288)

The Barley Mow
Songs from the Village Inn
Various Artists

EMI/HMV 7EG 8288 (EP, mono, UK, 1957)
EMI/HMV 7EGM 8288 (EP, mono, New Zealand, 1958)

The Barley Mow (HMV 7EGM 8288)
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Recorded by Peter Kennedy under the auspices of the English Folk Dance and Song Society

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Bob Roberts acc. melodeon: Still I Love Him (Roud 654)
    recorded at The Butt and Oyster, Pinmill, near Ipswich, Suffolk
  2. Edgar Button: Blow the Candle Out (Roud 368; Laws P17)
    recorded at The Eel's Foot, Thebberton, near Leiston, Suffolk
  3. Harry Cox: The Foggy Dew (Roud 558; Laws O3; G/D 7:1496)
    recorded at The Windmill, Sutton, Norfolk
  1. Cyril Poacher w/ chorus: The Nutting Girl (Roud 509; G/D 7:1475)
  2. Jack French w/ chorus: The Barley Mow (Roud 944)
    both introduced by the Chairman, “Wickets” Richardson; recorded at The Ship, Blaxhall, near Woodbridge, Suffolk

All tracks trad.

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The Barley Mow

The Barley Mow (Topic TSCD676D)

The Voice of the People Volume 26:
The Barley Mow
Various Artists

Topic Records TSCD676D (CD+DVD, UK, May 12, 2014)

Field recordings and a film made in Suffolk by Peter Kennedy in the 1950s;
Selected and presented by Reg Hall

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Astonishing field recordings and a film made in Suffolk by Peter Kennedy in the 1950s, a rich record of a community steeped in traditional song and singing.

As early as 1949, Peter Kennedy had begun making field recordings of traditional music in the West Country of England on his own initiative and at his own expense with a factory prototype tape recorder lent to him by a friend. During the time the recordings included in this CD/DVD collection were made, 1953-1956, Peter was working part-time for the EFDSS and part-time for the BBC, and in his free time he engaged in projects of his own and those he shared with Alan Lomax; although Peter undertook his own recording trips to Suffolk in 1952, he and Lomax did not meet up in Suffolk until October 10th 1953, to record singers at the Ship in Blaxhall, then onto Swefling the following day to record Harry List.

Peter had been keen to record traditional music and dance performance on film, and Lomax attended the first day of filming at the Ship in November 1955.

June 1956 saw Peter in the area again, this time recording Phoebe Smith, her neighbour Jim Baldry, Bob Roberts, Jumbo Brightwell and Edgar Button. With this wealth of recorded material, Peter laid the foundations for future research into a region rich in traditional music, dance and song.

Tracks

CD 1

  1. Cyril Poacher: The Nutting Girl (Roud 509; G/D 7:1475) (3.32)
  2. Fred Ling: Nancy of Yarmouth (Roud 407) (4.05)
  3. Bob Scarce: Newlyn Town (Roud 490; Laws L12; G/D 2:260; Henry H691) (5.00)
  4. Geoff Ling: Maggie May (Roud 1757) (2.39)
    all four at The Ship Inn, Blaxhall, October 10, 1953
  5. Bob Scarce and chorus: General Wolfe (Roud 624; Laws A1) (6.02)
    The Ship Inn, Blaxhall, November 19, 1953
  6. Eli Durrant: The Yellow Handkerchief (Roud 954) (3.27)
    The Ship Inn, Blaxhall, October 10, 1953
  7. Edgar Button: He Called for a Candle (Roud 269; Laws K43; G/D 7:1429) (3.21)
    at his house, Flash Corner, Theberton, Leiston, July 16, 1956
  8. Edgar Allington: The Herring (Roud 128) (2.41)
    at his house, Brandon, June 17, 1955
  9. Jim Baldry: The Northamptonshire Poacher (Roud 299) (2.08)
    at his house, Corner Cottage, Melton, Woodbridge, July 10, 1956
  10. Harry List: The Knife on the Window (Roud 329) (2.15)
    Swefling, Suffolk, October 11, 1953
  11. Arthur Smith: The Sailor and His True Love (Roud 660; Laws O30) (3.02)
    The Ship Inn, Blaxhall, October 10, 1953
  12. Jumbo Brightwell: Muddley Barracks (Roud 1735) (2.18)
    The Eel's Foot, Eastbridge, Leiston, July 16, 1956
  13. Bob Scarce: Three Jolly Sportsmen (Roud 17; Laws L4; G/D 2:186) (3.52)
    The Ship Inn, Blaxhall, October 10, 1953
  14. Edgar Button: Blow the Candle Out (Roud 368; Laws P17) (2.22)
    at his house, Flash Corner, Theberton, Leiston, July 16, 1956
  15. Jim Baldry: Hares in the Plantation (Roud 363) (3.10)
    at his house, Corner Cottage, Melton, Woodbridge, July 10, 1956
  16. Wickets Richardson and chorus: Fagan the Cobbler (Roud 872) (2.06)
  17. Cyril Poacher and chorus: The Broomfield Wager (Roud 34; Child 43; G/D 2:322) (4.59)
  18. Jack French and chorus: Good Luck to the Barley Mow (Roud 944) (4.29)
    all three at The Ship Inn, Blaxhall, October 10, 1953

DVD 2

Filmed in The Ship Inn, Blaxhall, mostly on November 19, 1955, but part of The Nutting Girl and some athmosphere shots were filmed on December 10, 1955. The film includes edited performances.

  1. Arthur Smith: Good Luck to the Barley Mow (Roud 944)
  2. Cyril Poacher: The Nutting Girl (Roud 509; G/D 7:1475)
  3. Wickets Richardson: Fagan the Cobbler (Roud 872)
  4. Bob Scarce: General Wolfe (Roud 624; Laws A1)
  5. Step-Dancers & Fred Pearce: Pigeon on the Gate