Bob & Jacqueline Patten English Folk Music Collection
Charlie Hill interview, part 06
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Bob and Jacqueline Patten Collection
Drewsteignton, Devon, England, UK
Hill, Charlie (speaker, male)
Patten, Bob (speaker, male), Patten, Jacqueline (speaker, female)
First sang in village concerts when he was a kid, sang ‘Widdicombe Fair’ [Roud Folk Song Index No. 137]. Grandfather sang at social evenings. He sang ‘The volunteer organist’, ‘The ship that never returned’ [Roud Folk Song Index No. 775] and ‘A boys best friend is his mother’ [Roud Folk Song Index No. 1756]. Grandfather used to farm at Perrymans Farm and would have a wash at the water pump after which he would start singing and step dancing on the cobbles to warm himself up. He had a ‘Head of hair like iron’. Family was from Lew Trenchard, grandmother’s father and brother worked for Baring-Gould. Anecdote about uncle Dick and the Doctor. Anecdotes about Tom Lang the naval pensioner, married his wife on two conditions ‘that ‘er kept herself and assisted ‘e a little’, the vicar who asked him if he’d thought about the next world to which he replayed ‘If the next bugger ain’t no better than this one I thought about chucking up the sponge’.