Peter Kennedy Collection

Jim Fowell Horn Dance interview. Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire 1954

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Andrew PaceFowell talks about the Robin Hood character and reindeer.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 21/02/2013

Andrew PaceFowell tells the story of what he has heard about rivalries between villages.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 21/02/2013

Andrew PaceFowell talks about the meaning of the dance for him, his family, and for the village.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 21/02/2013

Andrew PaceFowell describes the dancers and how he 'trains' them. Kennedy interjects several times. He describes the horns, their weights, etc.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 21/02/2013

Andrew PaceFowell describes his route through the town during his performance.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 21/02/2013

Andrew PaceKennedy pauses the interview, asking Fowell to repeat and reorder his talk. He continues a couple of minutes later after some confusion.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 21/02/2013

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    Unknown

  • Shelf mark

    C604/104

  • Recording date

    1954-09-06

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Kennedy Collection

  • Recording locations

    Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire, England

  • Performers

    Fowell, Jim (spoken, male)

  • Recordist

    Kennedy, Peter

  • Description

    [*Peter Kennedy's notes transcribed verbatim from the original tape box*] Well all I've got to say is this - You two people - hope you will enjoy it, you and your wife. I'm not interested. Brothers etc. About [3'02"].- Well your two people who have come over - The route and then I think my days work is done" [1'45"].- I start from the church - before I go on my round [0'20"].- The first place are the leader - The performers - gaps to be tightened. ... and we can't do no more [2'50"].- "In these 'Owns...". "This is Mr Fowell" - leader - Performers with weight of horns etc. rely on these lads to do what they can [2'10"].- What it really means to me is this .. for poor - Theories about it ok. Every Sunday, three days of it - description of route. My Wife [4'00"].- Talk about Robin Hood - Jester - King of the forest. The Rutting Season - Dressing up on shows. Reindeer. Observing nature. Education - About [3'00"] one on earth can beat nature [3'02"]. [Quality note: very low signal. Audio in the right channel only. Ends abruptly.]

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[22:35]

Fowell talks about the Robin Hood character and reindeer.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 21/02/2013 22:34:00

[19:57]

Fowell tells the story of what he has heard about rivalries between villages.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 21/02/2013 22:31:00

[15:19]

Fowell talks about the meaning of the dance for him, his family, and for the village.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 21/02/2013 22:30:00

[8:16]

Fowell describes the dancers and how he 'trains' them. Kennedy interjects several times. He describes the horns, their weights, etc.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 21/02/2013 22:24:00

[5:44]

Fowell describes his route through the town during his performance.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 21/02/2013 22:23:00

[3:28]

Kennedy pauses the interview, asking Fowell to repeat and reorder his talk. He continues a couple of minutes later after some confusion.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 21/02/2013 22:22:00

Jim Fowell is interviewed by Peter Kennedy, talking about the Abbots Bromley horn dance tradition. This is part of a video Kennedy filmed about the dance.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 21/02/2013 21:45:00