Bob & Jacqueline Patten English Folk Music Collection
Charlie Hill interview, part 08
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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)
Going to the Bromyard festival. The Wilson family from Hull. Folksong ‘it should be a story set to music’. Improvising words. Always performs ‘The farmers toast’ [Roud Folk Song Index No. 1603] to the same words. Going to Sidmouth ‘either Fred or I used to finish off the night’. Meeting Packie Byrne ‘Packie had had just enough whisky to be amusing’ and was telling a song as a story. Ben Campbell. Other festivals and clubs. Hasn’t been to Whitby. Never been invited to Dartmoor. Regarding musicians Bob ‘didn’t like anybody taking any shine off him’, though he invited Ashley Hutchings, Dan Quinn and others after appearing on records with them. Being booked with Fred Jordan for Swindon. Not worried when the festivals can’t pay him much ‘If we only thought about what we were going to get out, not what we were going to give, it wouldn’t last very long’. Has a very high regard for Alastair the bagman with the Great Western Morris who came to visit him when he heard that he was ill.