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Mary Taylor (daughter of Joseph Taylor), Saxby All Saints, Lincolnshire 1953

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Andrew PaceMary sings 'Brigg Fair'.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 18/02/2013

Andrew PaceMary sings 'Four Maries'.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 18/02/2013

Andrew PaceMary sings 'Lord Bateman' with several mistakes. Kennedy sings along with Mary for two verses.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 18/02/2013

Andrew PaceMary sings 'Brigg Fair', with a repeated verse.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 18/02/2013

Andrew PaceMary Taylor talks about 'Brigg Fair', Percy Grainger and Frederick Delius. She tells the story of when her father went to London to hear Delius' setting of the tune.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 18/02/2013

Andrew PaceMary sings 'Sprig of Thyme'.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 18/02/2013

Andrew PaceKennedy asks Mary Taylor about her father and his singing when she was growing up. Taylor would often sing with a violin as well as unaccompanied.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 18/02/2013

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    Unknown

  • Shelf mark

    C604/80

  • Recording date

    1953-03-27

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Kennedy Collection

  • Recording locations

    Saxby All Saints, Lincolnshire, England

  • Performers

    Taylor, Mary (singer, female)

  • Recordist

    BBC

  • Description

    [*Peter Kennedy's notes transcribed verbatim from the original tape box*] PK Now if you'd like to tell me etc Gipsy's wedding day [2'25" OK.- We used to sit round winter evenings we got a piano - quick cut [1'25" OK.- He used to just sit back in his chair when we got old and got to singing [0'25" OK.- Joseph Taylor was farm bailiff and was born at Binbrook nr Market Rasen - later became farm bailiff at Saxby. Gipsies used to camp and he probably learnt Brigg Fair from them - Sprig of Thyme (song) [1'15".- He sang Brigg Fair at the competitions ... (wonderful rhapsody) I love to here it [0'40".- And my father went up to London.... in the dress circle which was rather amusing [0'50" OK.- Brigg Fair, (include 2 "it's") [1'15" OK.- repeat last verse NO, Lord Bateman NO, The 4 Marys NO, later attempts [1'12" NO quick cut at end.- How old are you? I am 82 January.- PK How did Percy Grainger come down here? Lady Winifred and Mr Gervase Elwes asked him to enter. Cecil Sharp was adjudicator. First song was Creeping Jane - first prize. Old gent they couldn't stop him. Lord Bateman. Creeping Jane, Bold William Taylor. 13 that he sang when he went up to London in 1905. Creeping Jane, Lord Bateman, Bold William Taylor, George, died for love, spotted cow, gipsy's wedding day, Maria Martin of course Brigg Fair. PK when you were young, you remember him singing. Used to sit round winters evenings. Church choir. Brother John was beautiful singer. Everyone of us used to sing - choral society at Saxby. Used to go into each others houses and harmonium. My father also used to play the violin, always singing to violin then piano. PK J.T. didn't sing with harmonium? The fiddle and unaccompanied. PK in what sort of way? Sit back in chair and put up his head. Sang because he loved to sing and liked us all to sing. Very proud. PK Style? The turns and twiddles that you don't hear nowadays. PK what work and his father? Woodman, foreman, farm bailiffs. Read the Radio Times, worked on roads! Born at Binbrooke. Brigg Fair. Gipsies learned it there. We think we're not sure.- Song: Sprig of thyme, talk about Brigg Fair and story about going to London Delius.- Song: Brigg fair 1st Att.- Lord Bateman, various att.- Song: Four Maries.- Song: Brigg Fair 2nd Att. [1'14"].

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[18:26]

Mary sings 'Brigg Fair'.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 18/02/2013 15:11:00

[16:55]

Mary sings 'Four Maries'.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 18/02/2013 15:10:00

[14:46]

Mary sings 'Lord Bateman' with several mistakes. Kennedy sings along with Mary for two verses.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 18/02/2013 15:08:00

[12:35]

Mary sings 'Brigg Fair', with a repeated verse.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 18/02/2013 15:06:00

[10:40]

Mary Taylor talks about 'Brigg Fair', Percy Grainger and Frederick Delius. She tells the story of when her father went to London to hear Delius' setting of the tune.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 18/02/2013 15:06:00

[9:16]

Mary sings 'Sprig of Thyme'.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 18/02/2013 15:01:00

[3:37]

Kennedy asks Mary Taylor about her father and his singing when she was growing up. Taylor would often sing with a violin as well as unaccompanied.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 18/02/2013 15:00:00

Mary Taylor, daughter of the singer Joseph Taylor of Saxby All Saints, Lincolnshire, talks about her father's encounters with Cecil Sharp and the pianist and composer Percy Grainger in the early 1900s.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 18/02/2013 15:00:00