Bob & Jacqueline Patten English Folk Music Collection
‘Alfie’ Collins interview
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Bob and Jacqueline Patten Collection
Bishops Sutton, Somerset, England, UK
Collins, Stanley J. 'Alfie', (speaker, male)
Patten, Bob (speaker, male)
Handkerchief dancing - ‘Alfie’ Collins talks about the handkerchief dances performed by the miners on the Mendips. The handkerchief dance was like a sword dance. Last saw it performed at the Hunters Lodge Inn at Priddy, Somerset. Ben Doors [?] the retired landlord ‘can still do it but he can very rarely be persuaded to show anybody’. All the others who did it are dead now, Ben was a youngster compared with them.
Performer notes: From Maidstone, Kent. Sent to Somerset as an evacuee. Based at Bishops Sutton, Somerset. Recording notes: Noticeable mains hum