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At the heart of English folk

Folk Music Journal: Volume 10 Number 2

Volume 10 Number 2 (2012) contains the following pieces 



Philip Heath-Coleman Scissors-grinder and 'first-rate fiddler': The Life and Tunes of Henry Cave of Midsomer Norton and his Father, Tom Cave

Henry Cave and his father, Tom, were two of the many fiddlers who provided Cecil Sharp with tunes during the first decade of the twentieth century. Since then, their repertoire has lain largely dormant in Sharp's manuscripts. The scope of similar material that has been collected since that time, and modern ease of access to an extensive range of records and press reports, now make it possible to examine their music and their roles as musicians in a broader context and to modify some current misconceptions about the English fiddler and English fiddling.


Stephen Miller  'My book of Manx ballads at last published': A. W. Moore's Manx Ballads and Music (1896)

A. W. Moore (1863–1909) published his Manx Ballads and Music in 1896 after much delay. Its introductory material, together with manuscripts held at the Manx National Heritage Library, allow an insight into how the work was shaped and how when completed it did not altogether match Moore's original intention. We can track the collecting in the field, which was carried out by a network of helpers, identify the singers, and follow Moore's editing of the orally gathered tunes and words as he freely mixed printed and oral sources together. The Rev. T. E. Brown, who wrote the preface, described Moore's editorial approach as an 'antiquarian position, which is a true one and teneable [sic]'. Two years later, the Folk-Song Society would be founded and a new editorial technique laid out which would show that Manx Ballads and Music was indeed an antiquarian work.


Vic Gammon

Farmyard Cacophonies Amplified

Gordon Ridgewell

The Bishopthorpe Sword Dancers

Keith Chandler

An Astonishing Mumming Revelation


Reviews — Books

Michael Pickering

Working Songs: Industrial Ballads and Poems from Britain and Ireland, 1780s–1980s (Palmer)

Máire Ní Bhaoill

The Lore of the Playground: One Hundred Years of Children's Games, Rhymes and Traditions (Roud)

Valentina Bold

Child's Unfinished Masterpiece: The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (Brown)

The High-Kilted Muse: Peter Buchan and his Secret Songs of Silence (Shoolbraid, ed.)

Secret Songs of Silence (Spring, ed.)

Stephen D. Corrsin

Rolf Gardiner: Folk, Nature and Culture in Interwar Britain (Jefferies and Tyldesley, eds)

Derek Schofield

The Keys of Heaven: The Life of Revd Charles Marson, Socialist Priest and Folk Song Collector (Sutcliffe)

Ken Hunt

Folk Music: A Very Short Introduction (Slobin)

Roy Palmer

Work and Sing: A History of Occupational and Labor Union Songs in the United States (Cohen)

Pete Cooper

Crossing Over: Fiddle and Dance Studies from around the North Atlantic 3 (Russell and Guigné, eds)

E. Bradtke

City Folk: English Country Dance and the Politics of the Folk in Modern America (Walkowitz)

Martin Lovelace

Going to the Well for Water: The Séamus Ennis Field Diary 1942–1946 (uí Ógáin, ed.)

John Moulden

Joe Holmes – Here I am amongst you: Songs, Music and Traditions of an Ulsterman (Graham)

Dave Arthur

Banjo on the Mountain: Wade Mainer's First Hundred Years (Spottswood)

 Steve Roud  I Wonder as I Wander: The Life of John Jacob Niles (Pen)
 E. Bradtke

A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes Proper for the Violin, German Flute or Hautboy (Neal)

Lenham Camp: Dance Music from the Collection of Robert Thomas Bottle (Frampton, ed.)

Mel Bay Presents English Fiddle (Bartram)

 Steve Roud Ballads and Broadsides in Britain, 1500–1800 (Fumerton and Guerrini, eds)
 Vic Gammon Musical Style and Social Meaning: Selected Essays (Scott)
 David Atkinson The Ballad Repertoire of Anna Gordon, Mrs Brown of Falkland (Rieuwerts, ed.)


Reviews — Sound recordings 

Bob Pegg


The College Boy (Stanley Robertson)

At the Blue Lamp (Stanley Robertson)

Pete Cooper 

Essence of Old Kentucky (Roger Cooper)



Ken Hunt

Irwin Silber

Keith Chandler

Two Bampton morris dancers: Colin Bathe and David John Titchener


Cover illustrations Arthur William Moore; Henry Cave with handcart London VWML Cecil J. Sharp MSS, Photograph collection A37c. Courtesy of EFDSS.

Editor: David Atkinson


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