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Folk Music Journal: Volume 8 Number 1

Volume 8 Number 1 (2001) contains the following pieces:



Christopher B Walker, 'The Triumph' in England, Scotland and the United States

A chronological survey is given of the music and the dance descriptions for the country dance 'The Triumph' and its American variant 'Lady's Triumph' since it was first published in 1790. The music in England and Scotland generally was some variation on the usual tune, with rare exceptions, while in the United States several other tunes were used. The dance in England went through several changes, while the Scottish and American dances showed fewer variations. Sharp's version is examined.

John Francmanis, The Roving Artist: Frank Kidson, Pioneer Song Collector

Landscape painting both placed Frank Kidson in contact with the oral tradition and provided the subject matter for his first ventures into print. Yet his early career was looked back on as little more than a false start by his friends. Through tracing his background, interests and influences this article instead presents art as pivotal in Kidson's development and fundamental to an appreciation of his subsequent life and work.

David Cooper, On the Twelfth of July in the Morning ... (Or The Man Who Mistook his Sash for a Hat)

'The Sash My Father Wore' is widely regarded in Northern Ireland as being one of the most provocative of Orange songs. After an examination of the cultural, historical and political contexts of Orange music, it is suggested that the text of 'The Sash My Father Wore' is but one of a series of politically charged variants of the comic music-hall song 'The Hat My Father Wore'. It is proposed that the song's melody has taken on a power of signification independent from the text, and the nature of this by no means unique phenomenon is considered.


Resources in the Vaughan Williams Library

David Atkinson, The Maud Karpeles Collection



Reg Hall, Kate Lee and the Foundation of the Folk-Song Society


Reviews — Books

Theresa J Buckland   The History of Morris Dancing, 1458-1750 (John Forrest)
S Caunce Songs and Verse of the North-East Pitmen, c.1780-1844 (Dave Harker)
Roly Brown The companion to Irish Traditional Music (Finton Vallely)
Mick Tems Ballads in Wales = Baledi yng Nghymru (Mary-Ann Constantine)
Truculent Rustics: Molly Dancing in East Anglia before 1940 (Elaine Bradtke)
May Day in England: an introductory bibliography (Roy Judge)
Catherine E Foley Dance in the Field (Theresa J Buckland)
Securing our Dance Heritage (Catherine J Johnson and Allegra Fuller Snyder)
Alexandra Franklin Ballads, Songs and Snatches (C M Jackson-Houlston)


Review — Periodical

Roy Palmer Root and Branch, nos 1 and 2


Reviews — Sound Recordings

Martin Graebe The Yellow Handkerchief (Phoebe Smith)
Plenty of Thyme (Cyril Poacher)
Come Hand to me the Glass (George Townshend)
Dave Townsend   English Village Carols (Ian Russell)


Reviews — Electronic Resources

Wm Bruce Olson   Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads
Folksong Index and Broadside Index (Steve Roud)


Cover illustration: 'The Triumph', wood-engraving by Peter Reddick from Thomas Hardy, Under The Greenwood Tree, 1989 (© The Folio Society, London).

Editor: Michael Heaney


With Volume 8 the chronological designation of Folk Music Journal indicates the prospective year not the actual year of intended publication. This issue, Volume 8, Number 1, published in December 2000, is therefore the issue for 2001 and is so designated. Although there is no break in annual publication, this has the consequence that no issue will bear the date 2000.



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