News and Comment No 31
They have begun by issuing 10 CDs, two from each collector, to be available the first week in August. Further details can be found at: www.traditional-music.com
The Singer and the Scribe European Ballad traditions and European Ballad Cultures. Ed. Philip E Bennett and Richard Firth Green. Internationale Forschung zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden. Literaturwissenschaft, 75. Rodopi, Amsterdam, 2004. iv + 223 pp. ISBN 90-420-1851-8. Price €48.
The Singer and the Scribe brings together studies of the European ballad from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century by major authorities in the field. It offers an original view of the development of the ballad by focusing on the interplay and interdependence of written and oral transmission, including studies of modern singers and their repertoires and of the role of the audience in generating a literary product which continues to live in performance.
Contributors include: Roderick Beaton, Philip E Bennett, Manuelda Costa Fontes, Charles Duffin, Richard Firth Green, Thomas A McKean, William Layher, Huw Lewis, Ad Putter, Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia, Margaret Sleeman, Roger Wright. There is also an introductory essay by Philip E Bennett and Richard Firth Green.
Orders to: Editions Rodopi B.V. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org USA/Canada fax: (212) 265 6402. All other countries fax: + 31 (0)20 447 29 79.
Chris Holderness - 13.7.04
Further info at: http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~tinvic
£5.50 including membership. £5 members. £3.50 concessions.
Folklorist James Madison Carpenter (1888-1983) received his Harvard doctorate in 1929. Immediately, he set off for the UK, where over the next six years, he collected over 6,000 song texts, 500 versions of folk plays, as well as narratives, games, and other traditions. In addition, Carpenter's subsequent work in the United States yielded an important body of material, including some of the earliest and best African-American narrative recordings.
In 1972, the Library of Congress purchased the collection from Dr Carpenter himself. In 1999, Dr Julia Bishop, leading a team of British folklore scholars, created an item-level catalog, making the Carpenter materials accessible to the public. This catalog is now available at www.hrionline.ac.uk/carpenter/index.html, and it was the first step toward the scholarly publication of this rare musical archive.
The NEH grant will allow the completion of the first phase of the critical edition, which will cover the Child ballads, sea shanties, folk plays, songs associated with folk play and folk dance, and instrumental music. For the first time, Carpenter's extensive treasury of texts and transcriptions will be available in print. The AFC has completed the digitization of all items in the Carpenter collection, and plans to place this collection online in the near future. The NEH grant will allow this major collaborative effort to continue, with the goal being complete public accessibility to one of the most important collections of British folk music, dance and drama.
The 74-year-old resident of Randolph, Mass., is the first Irish button accordionist, the first Irish musician from New England, and just the 10th Irish performer ever to receive this prestigious accolade. Others have been: sean-nós singer Joe Heaney (1982); uilleann piper Joe Shannon (1983); fiddler and instructor Martin Mulvihill (1984); stepdancer Michael Flatley (1988); flutist Jack Coen (1991); fiddler Liz Carroll (1994); stepdancer and instructor Donny Golden (1995); multi-instrumentalist Mick Moloney (1999); and fiddler Kevin Burke (2002).
His funeral is to be on Wednesday 26th May, 3pm at Falkirk Crematorium, Dorriter Road, Camelon, Falkirk, for friends who may wish to attend.
Alan & Carole Prior - 25.5.04
As part of this ongoing series presented by Reg Hall and others, Peta Webb and Ken Hall will be presenting a tribute to Keith Summers on Thursday 27th May.
It has also been suggested that vehicular access at Rottingdean may well be extremely congested, and that out-of-area visitors would be well-advised to travel by train to Brighton - there is an excellent bus service from Brighton Railway Station, six or seven an hour. Full details at: www.buses.co.uk/careers/welcome.htm
Jim Ward - 12.4.04
If driving in on the A127, avoid town centre, follow signs to Shoeburyness. You will pass Tesco Superstore on the left, go straight on at Cuckoo Corner roundabout, past Priory Park on your right. At the next large roundabout turn left into Sutton Road, before the road becomes Royal Artillery Way. If coming by train, you will need a taxi.
After the ceremony you are invited to adjourn to The Spreadeagle, Victoria Avenue, Southend (near the junction with West Street/East Street; near the football ground and opposite Prittlewell Church). There is very limited parking at the pub, try surrounding streets.
No Flowers. Please send Donations to Fair Havens Hospice at:
Fair Havens Appeal Office, FREEPOST, CL 2119, Westcliff-on-Sea, SSO 8BR.
Or to Cancer Relief UK, or a Cancer charity of your choice.
Peta Webb & Ken Hall - 5.4.04
Similarly, as a tribute to Bob Copper, they will re-broadcast a ninety-minute programme on him in Clear Spot on Monday 5th April at 7:00 pm.
Resonance FM is an arts radio station with a limited range in central London, but all programmes can be picked up on the internet www.resonancefm.com at the time and during the following week.
Reg Hall - 3.4.04
The family wishes to express deep gratitude to all those who have sent messages of condolence. We are humbled by the incredible love for Bob and the respect in which he was held by you all.
No flowers please; rather, if you feel it to be appropriate, donations please with cheques made payable to The Vaughan Williams Memorial Library and sent to the funeral director who is Christopher Stringer, 67 High Street, Rottingdean, East Sussex, BN2 7HE.
The Copper Family - 2.4.04
I am particularly sorry to have to announce the death, earlier this morning (30.3.04), of my friend and co-editor, Keith Summers. Many of you will have known that Keith has been ill for several years; fewer, I think, will know that he was diagnosed with cancer some 18 months ago.
Keith will be remembered for the wonderful work he did collecting songs in East Anglia and Fermanagh, and as the founding editor of the Musical Traditions Magazine. Southend United Football Club have also lost their number one fan.
Those readers who have bought, or seen the booklet notes to The Hardy Sons of Dan, may have noted the unusually large number of names in the Credits section; this was because there was an all-out effort to get the CDs published while Keith was alive to see them. My thanks to all concerned that the job was accomplished with a couple of weeks to spare - and Keith was absolutely delighted with the result.
The cremation will be on Thursday 8th April at 11.40 a.m at Sutton Road Crematorium, Southend - after which you are invited to adjourn to The Spreadeagle, Victoria Avenue, Southend (near the football ground) (this venue tbc).
Keith never mentioned a religious service but one involving music. We would like friends to pay tribute in the form of short speeches or musical contributions, or by suggesting relevant CD tracks to be played. John Bath has already suggested Abide with Me from the football fraternity. Please send suggestions to Peta and Ken (Petawebken@aol.com) so that we can get them into some sort of order.
Keith expressed a wish for his football friends and music friends "to get together for a good piss-up". No doubt we can all manage that!
Peta Webb, Ken Hall and Rod Stradling - 2.4.04
There is now a Keith Summers Memorial page, with a link on the Home Page, for memories, stories, appreciations and comments from people who knew the man who started Musical Traditions. Please feel free to e-mail me your own contribution. Photos welcome - Ed.
Bob Holt of Ava, Missouri died 3/19/04 after a long struggle with cancer. He was designated a National Heritage fellow a few years ago and released records on both his own label and Rounder. You have a profile of Bob amongst your articles.
Less well known, perhaps, is Allan MacDonald who passed away on 3/29/04 in Detroit from complications of emphysema. Originally from Inverness County, NS, Allan was the last member of the Five MacDonalds group that recorded two influential LPs of Cape Breton music for Celtic in the 1960s.
Both men were distinguished by their exceptional friendliness and their encouragement of younger musicians.
Mark Wilson / Julie Henigan - 2.4.04
While this is a great loss to all of us who remain, I would imagine that most of us might wish for an equally swift and fulfilling end to our lives.
Rod Stradling - 29.3.04