Bob & Jacqueline Patten English Folk Music Collection

‘Banjo’ Harry Fielding interview, part 01

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    1CDR0011405 (copy of C1033/110)

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    Bob and Jacqueline Patten Collection

  • Recording locations

    Timsbury, Somerset, England, UK

  • Interviewees

    Fielding, 'Banjo' Harry (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Patten, Bob (speaker, male)

  • Recordist

    Patten, Bob

  • Abstract

    [continued from C1033/109, badly deteriorated tape, very poor sound] 'Banjo' Harry Fielding talks about doing the Holly Bush dance in the Seven Stars pub ‘when poor old Mr Bush was alive’. Never saw the Monkey’s hornpipe. Bill Knuckle used to do the tray dance (hitting your head in time to the music with a tray), he once knocked himself out ‘went down like a carrot’. Swede challenging, competition to see who could eat one first. Knife challenge, knife in gaps between fingers (shows how it was done) would do it to get a beer. Beer was the ‘Only pleasure we had’, ‘do any mortal bloody thing for a pint’.

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    Recording notes: Interview continued from C1033/109. Badly deteriorated tape, very poor sound, high pitched tape noise during the last section, in addition to the tape deterioration

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