Peter Kennedy Collection

Sam Fawcett, Barnard Castle, Durham 1953; Annie Johnston, Barra 1951; Phil Tanner, Gower 1948

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Andrew Pace[Item not part of Sam Fawcett tape.] "Young Roger Esquire" sung by Phil Tanner of Gower, Wales. Probably recorded in 1948.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 08/03/2013

Andrew Pace[Item not part of Sam Fawcett tape.] Alan Lomax asks to record a story and song from Annie Johnston about a girl who had a fairy sweetheart. The song follows, "HorĂ² ille dhuinn shunndaich".
Posted by Andrew Pace on 08/03/2013

Andrew Pace[Item not part of Sam Fawcett tape.] Annie Johnston sings the song in Gaelic, titled "Gura mise tha go dubhach".
Posted by Andrew Pace on 08/03/2013

Andrew Pace[Item not part of Sam Fawcett tape.] Annie Johnston telling the story of the Fairy Sweetheart. Recorded 01/08/1951 in Garrygall, Castlebay, Barra, Scotland. Sandy MacNeill is also present.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 08/03/2013

Andrew PaceFawcett talks about himself, his family (from Swaledale in Yorkshire), country dance performances "55 years ago", the concertina, the Ninepins dance and the 'Spanish Fandango'. He then plays examples.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 08/03/2013

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    Unknown

  • Shelf mark

    C604/61

  • Recording date

    1953-03-31

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Kennedy Collection

  • Recording locations

    Barnard Castle, County Durham, England

  • Performers

    Fawcett, Sam (spoken, male / accordion), Johnston, Annie (singer, female / spoken, female), Lomax, Alan (spoken, male), Tanner, Phil (singer, male)

  • Recordist

    Kennedy, Peter

  • Description

    [*Peter Kennedy's notes transcribed verbatim from the original tape box*] Key of G - Talk about himself (when father was out of house). Playing various types of dances, learning concertina. Saturday dances; sheep shearings; vitality of dancing (lazy dancing) ; ninepins dance to tune of Sir Robert de Coverley; Spanish Fandango (couple dance) [3'20"].- Square eight?.- Bill Hall's tune (?) (white cockade) [1'09"].- The triumph (CD) [1'11"].- Greensleeves: descr of dance (or the old mans dance (cf Talk of Wyresdale coll Sharp). 60 yrs ago when he was about 15 then) [0'50"].- Clap hands - tune [0'25"].- (Lord Nelson's Hornpipe). Descr of dance [0'35"] (clapped again).- Highland Schottisches [1'46"] (Keel Row; Castles In the Air) [1'46"].- Hornpipes (Liverpool; Steamboat H) [2'00"].- Square eight reels - Bill Hall's tune; Miss Forbes; White cockade; Highland laddie, with drone) (with coughs) [2'13"].- Bill Hall's tune [G raise level].- Sir Roger de Coverley (tune for ninepins) [0'58"].- The highland fling [0'58"].- Polka mazurka (Hymn; jewels from the crown) [1'05"].- Spanish fandango (Danish waltz) (couple dance) [1'07"] (total time of tape: 1838). [Quality note: dolby was not applied during transfer because no test tones were provided on the tape.]

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Sam Fawcett, an English concertina player, plays a number of pieces and talks about performances. There is much interview material between pieces, where Fawcett describes the dance routine that his playing accompanied, followed by a musical example.

Posted by Janet Topp Fargion, Lead Curator WTM, British Library on 05/02/2014 13:42:00

[26:43]

[Item not part of Sam Fawcett tape.] "Young Roger Esquire" sung by Phil Tanner of Gower, Wales. Probably recorded in 1948.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 08/03/2013 00:43:00

[22:36]

[Item not part of Sam Fawcett tape.] Alan Lomax asks to record a story and song from Annie Johnston about a girl who had a fairy sweetheart. The song follows, "Horò ille dhuinn shunndaich".

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 08/03/2013 00:40:00

[20:04]

[Item not part of Sam Fawcett tape.] Annie Johnston sings the song in Gaelic, titled "Gura mise tha go dubhach".

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 08/03/2013 00:40:00

[18:48]

[Item not part of Sam Fawcett tape.] Annie Johnston telling the story of the Fairy Sweetheart. Recorded 01/08/1951 in Garrygall, Castlebay, Barra, Scotland. Sandy MacNeill is also present.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 08/03/2013 00:40:00

[0:52]

Fawcett talks about himself, his family (from Swaledale in Yorkshire), country dance performances "55 years ago", the concertina, the Ninepins dance and the 'Spanish Fandango'. He then plays examples.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 08/03/2013 00:39:00