Steve Gardham English Folk Music Collection

Freddy Bird interview, part 3

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:05:36

  • Shelf mark

    1CDR0009339 (copy of C1009/11)

  • Recording date

    1972-11-11

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Steve Gardham Collection

  • Recording locations

    Freddy Bird's home, Headlands Drive, Aldborough, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK

  • Interviewees

    Bird, Freddy (speaker, male), Bird, Mrs, (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Gardham, Steve (speaker, male)

  • Recordist

    Gardham, Steve

  • Abstract

    Freddy Bird talks about Christmas and New Year customs. Recites the rhyme "I wish you a merry Christmas a happy new Year a pocket full of money and a celler full of beer a good fat pig just on the back of the [---?] please will you give us a Christmas box" (possibly connected to Roud Folk Song Index No. 230). Mrs Bird recites "A lad went into the butcher's shop and asks for halpeth[?] of steak" from a 1937 book of "broad" Yorkshire sayings. Freddy Bird narrates the dialect tale of the bathing maid.

  • Description

    Interviewee notes: Husband and Wife, Freddy Bird is the son of Bob Bird. Recording notes: Recording one generation from original

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Freddy Bird interview, part 3

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