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At the heart of English folk

Folk Music Journal: Volume 8 Number 2

Volume 8 Number 2 (2002) In Memoriam Roy Edmund Judge 1929-2000, contains the following pieces:




David Gregory, Lomax in London: Alan Lomax, the BBC and the Folk-Song Revival in England, 1950-1958

This article describes the years Alan Lomax spent in Europe, making London his base, and focuses on his impact on the English folk-music scene. It analyses his collaboration with leading British collectors and singers, examines the most important radio programmes he made for the BBC, and the recordings with which he was associated, and evaluates the ways in which his influence altered the development of the folk-song revival in England.

Norman Peacock, The Grenoside Calling-On Song

Sharp's published version of the Grenoside Sword Dance gives only one tune for the five verses of the Calling-on Song. From the start it was remarked that this tune was suitable for the first verse only, and later observers noted that a more suitable tune was used for the other verses. Speculation as to why Sharp may have overlooked this tune has led to an examination of the notes he made during his visit to Grenoside, his subsequent treatment of the material and the circumstances surrounding his visit. The result gives an intriguing, if incomplete, picture of the efficiency and limitations of his investigations.

Paul Burgess, The Mystery of the Whistling Sewermen: How Cecil Sharp Discovered Gloucestershire Morris Dancing

On 5 July 1906 two men called Stagg who were working in a sewer were discovered 'whistling Morris tunes' and were invited into Cecil Sharp's home, where he recorded two morris tunes. Although it had been thought this was the only result of that meeting, the Staggs gave Sharp details of a number of dances and led him to William Hathaway and John Mason in Gloucestershire. The article explains who the Staggs were, and their importance in leading Sharp to Gloucestershire morris traditions, which resulted in Sharp's discovery of the Bledington, Longborough, Sherborne and Oddington morris dances.

Roy Judge, Cecil Sharp and the Morris 1906-1909

In 1906 Sharp had only a limited knowledge of morris dancing. By the end of 1909 he had gained a wide experience of it, and had developed his own philosophy of its character and purpose. This paper provides an account of the process by which this took place.


Note on the Citation of Cecil Sharp's Manuscripts



Sean Goddard 'The Triumph' in England, Scotland and the United States
John Fry, Ian A Olson The Dreadful Death of the Bonny Earl of Murray


Reviews — Books

Georgina Boyes, Play today in the Primary School Playground (Julia C. Bishop & Mavis Curtis)


Reviews — Periodicals

Vic Gammon, Country Music Annual, 2000


Reviews — Sound Recordings

Roy Palmer Good Order
Just Another Saturday Night
David Atkinson   I've Come to Sing a Song (Vic Legg)
The First of My Rambles (Roisín White)
Band of Gold (Wiggy Smith)
Ythanside (Daisy Chapman)
The Queen Among the Heather (Jeannie Robertson)
I Sang Through the Fairs (Margaret Barry)
World Library of Folk and Primitive Music, Volumes I-III (Alan Lomax Collection)
Classic Ballads of Britain and Ireland, Volumes I and II (Alan Lomax Collection)
Songs of Seduction (Alan Lomax Collection)
Roy Palmer World Library of Folk and Primitive Music, Volume IV (Alan Lomax Collection)
Italian Treasury (Alan Lomax Collection)
Vic Gammon The Martins and the Coys (Alan Lomax Collection)



Michael Heaney Roy Edmund Judge
Bibliography of the works of Roy Judge
Neil V Rosenberg   Herbert Halpert
Bob Walser William Main Doerflinger
Eddie Dunmore Robert William Grant


Cover illustration: Roy Judge pathfinding on tour with the Ancient Men. Photograph © Chris Sheffield.

Editor: Michael Heaney


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