Peter Kennedy Collection

Dickie Lashbrook, Kelly, Devon 1952. Tape 1

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    Unknown

  • Shelf mark

    C604/18

  • Recording date

    1952-05-27

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Kennedy Collection

  • Recording locations

    Kelly, Lifton, Devon, England

  • Performers

    Lashbrook, Dickie (singer, male / spoken, male)

  • Recordist

    Kennedy, Peter

  • Description

    [*Peter Kennedy's notes transcribed verbatim from the original tape box*] Blackbirds and thrushes (talk about sleeping rough. Id X 1-1 now 5-- per chimney (169) [0'55"].- Bargain song (talk about dancing). Nothing in present day. Singing each other around. Concertina-accordion-broomsticks. (194) [2'50"].- singing.- To be a good companion. Studio could join in the chorus. (285) [2'27"].- Where are you going to, my pretty maid (94) [2'20"].- The treble-tailed gipsies-0 [1'28"].- Talk about his life - my father was a chimney sweep. He went to North America. Wouldn't take Parish pay. He put into Union. He went to service making clothes. He ran away and hid in cattle market. 1-- a week with farmer. Lived with 2 old poultry men. Far £9 a year. & £13 a year. 15-- a week. killed squire's pheasant. married from there (29). Swept in 32 parishes. 9 miles walk.

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Dickie Lashbrook, a travelling chimney sweep, sings for Peter Kennedy. There is much interview material throughout this recording, where Lashbrook talks about his life, work and music.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 14/02/2013 15:28:00