Peter Kennedy Collection

Mary Swain and Percy Lavarello, Calshot, Hampshire 1962 (Tristan de Cunha islanders). Tape 3

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Andrew PaceKennedy narrates the steps of the dance that Lavarello is accompanying on the accordion.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 07/03/2013

Andrew PacePercy Lavarello plays a number of accordion dance tunes. This includes a little talk with him in between.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 07/03/2013

Andrew PaceMary Swain sings 'Light in the window'.
Posted by Andrew Pace on 07/03/2013

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    Unknown

  • Shelf mark

    C604/926

  • Recording date

    1962-08-31

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Peter Kennedy Collection

  • Recording locations

    Calshot, Hampshire, England

  • Performers

    Swain, Mary (spoken, female), Lavarello, Percy (accordion / spoken, female)

  • Recordist

    Kennedy, Peter

  • Description

    [*Peter Kennedy's notes transcribed verbatim from the original tape box*] .- 1. Mary : Light in the Window.- 2. Percy Lavarello (accordion) Waltz (no name) [1'08"].- 3. Italian Tune from father's singing [1'10"].- 4. Dutch tune [1'10"].- 5. (Keel Row) Different mike positions [1'10"].- 6. Highland Fling - with PK describing.- 7. Dance with two different rhythms [1'30"].- 8. (Step Polka) descr. by PK.- 9. The Heel and Toe Polka [1'10"] Good tune.- 10. Words of Tune.- 11. The Pillow Dance (to end of the tape) [1'00"].

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[8:53]

Kennedy narrates the steps of the dance that Lavarello is accompanying on the accordion.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 07/03/2013 16:53:00

[1:53]

Percy Lavarello plays a number of accordion dance tunes. This includes a little talk with him in between.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 07/03/2013 16:52:00

[0:02]

Mary Swain sings 'Light in the window'.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 07/03/2013 16:51:00

This recording, made by Peter Kennedy and Maud Karpeles in Calshot, Hampshire, is of a number of refugees from the south Atlantic island of Tristan da Cunha. They were being temporarily housed here due to a volcanic eruption on their home island. There is a lot of information, television news footage and reports of this and their stay in England, much of which is available on Youtube. There are several clips that include Mary Swain in particular.

Posted by Andrew Pace, British Library on 07/03/2013 16:49:00