Peter Kennedy Collection

Tom Horner, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire 1959

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    Peter Kennedy Collection

  • Recording locations

    Swithinwaite, Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, England

  • Performers

    Horner, Tom (singer, male)

  • Recordist

    Kennedy, Peter

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    [*Peter Kennedy's notes transcribed verbatim from the original tape box*] Tom Horner, born 1890 - 69 yesterday. Name given by The Huddlestons. Rec. 22.8.59. Home Farm Swithinwaite, Wensleydale: The Yorkshireman's coat of arms (rhyme) [0'38"]*.- This is the Christmas time (local comp) by Kit Jones [1'50"].- Sung again for charity.- Dialect poem about Bartle fair at Reeth [0'40"] not remembered followed by talk [1'40"].- Wensleydale song - one verse [0'30"] and talk about Nigger Troupe.- Pace egging song - talk and song (Preston under scar) 1st Att. [1'50"] No.- *Talk and song PK now Tom what was this? [0'30" 2'10" plus talk 1'05"] total [3'43"].- New Year's begging rhyme and talk [1'00"]* Preston-under-Scar.- Talk about himself (for documentation), born at Preston under Scar and went to school there. Father was in slate quaries. Learnt butching - till 1914. Went to war in France, Greece, Italy. Back to butching. Now farming.- God rest ye merry gentlemen (carol) "Vessel-cup singers" and talk about carol singing. Carrying crib and cup. Begging with basket of cheese cakes and tarts at Preston feast.- Song about Preston Feast [0'38"]* This is the Christmas time.- Poems - Mr Horner of Grumble Corner [1'25"]* changing to Thanksgiving Street (No leader). [Quality note: audio primarily in the left channel. Some noise and interference throughout. Recording ends abruptly.]

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Tom Horner sings, recites poetry and rhymes in his Yorkshire dialect, interspersed with much spoken interview material with Peter Kennedy.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 18/02/2013 14:17:00