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Profiles of Traditional Musicians from East Anglia

The following articles about traditional singers and musicians appeared in East Anglian Traditional Music Trust newsletters as the series 'Personal Portraits' from 2003 to 2010 regularly, and occasionally after that date.

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Personal Portrait No.1    Oscar Woods  - Suffolk melodeon player, by Roger Digby

Personal Portrait No.2    Walter Pardon - Norfolk singer, by Peta Webb

Personal Portrait No.3    Harkie Nesling - Suffolk fiddler, by Keith Summers

Personal Portrait No.4    Jumbo Brightwell - Suffolk singer, by Chris Foster

Personal Portrait No.5    Fred Whiting - Suffolk singer, fiddler and jig doll maker, by John Howson

 

Personal Portrait No.6    Dolly Curtis - Suffolk melodeon player, by Katie Howson

 

Personal Portrait No. 7   Sam Larner - Norfolk singer, by Martin Carthy

 

Personal Portrait No. 8   Billy Bennington - Norfolk dulcimer player, by John Howson

 

Personal Portrait No. 9   Walter and Daisy Bulwer - Norfolk musicians, by Reg Hall

 

Personal Portrait No.10  Percy Brown - Norfolk melodeon player, by Dave Arthur

 

Personal Portrait No. 11 Bob Hart - Suffolk singer, by Vic Harrup

 

Personal Portrait No. 12 Tony Harvey - Suffolk singer, by Katie & John Howson

 

Personal Portrait No. 13 Phoebe Smith - Suffolk singer, by Mike Yates

 

Personal Portrait No. 14 Geoff Ling - Suffolk singer, by John Howson

 

Personal Portrait No. 15 Bob Roberts - Suffolk singer, by Jill Bennett & Anne Roberts

 

Personal Portrait No. 16 Mollie Whittaker - Norfolk dulcimer player, by John & Katie Howson

 

Personal Portrait No. 17 Hubert Freeman - Suffolk singer, by John & Katie Howson

 

Personal Portrait No. 18 Cecil Pearl - Suffolk melodeon player, by John & Katie Howson

 

Personal Portrait No. 19 Dick Hewitt - Norfolk stepdancer, by Katie Howson & Peter Clifton

 

Personal Portrait No. 20 Ted Chaplin - Suffolk singer, by John & Katie Howson

 

Personal Portrait No. 21 Percy Ling - Suffolk singer, by Taffy Thomas

 

Personal Portrait No. 22 - Roy Last - Suffolk singer, by John Howson. See also Village Portrait No.1 about Mendlesham and Behind the Song No. 1 about Roy's song Peter the Paynter.

 

Personal Portrait No. 23 - Cyril Poacher - Suffolk singer, by Keith Summers

 

Personal Portrait No. 24 - Billy Cooper - Norfolk dulcimer player, by Chris Holderness & Reg Hall

 

Personal Portrait No. 25 - Gordon Syrett - Suffolk singer, by John Howson. See also Village Portrait No.1 about Mendlesham.

 

Personal Portrait No. 26 - Harry Cox - Norfolk singer, by Shirley Collins

 

Personal Portrait No. 27 - Gordon Woods - Suffolk singer, by John Howson

 

Personal Portrait No. 28 - Font Whatling - Suffolk melodeon player and stepdancer, by John Howson

 

Personal Portrait No. 29 - Harry Green - Essex singer, by John Howson

 

Personal Portrait No. 30 - Old Hat Concert Party, by Katie & John Howson

 

Personal Portrait No. 31 - Cyril Barber by Katie & John Howson

 

Personal portrait No. 32 - Reg Reader by Katie & John Howson

 

Other articles on the website

 

Village Portraits Village Portrait No.1 is about Mendlesham. No. 2 - Blaxhall and No. 3 (forthcoming) - Worlingworth.

 

Tracing a Tune  Tracing a Tune No.1 is about The Perfect Cure and No. 2 about another Norfolk tune: Starry Night for a Ramble.

 

Behind the Songs  Behind the Songs No. 1 is about the true story behind a Suffolk song: Peter the Paynter and No. 2 about the true story of a song collected in King's Lynn in Norfolk:The Captain's Apprentice.

 

There is also a section about a 200 year-old book of tunes from Bury St Edmunds, which contains transcriptions of all the tunes, and an article about the tunes and songs collected by John Clare in Cambridgeshire. Two Singers from the Stour Valley is a short article about two singers from Bures, near Sudbury, from whom songs were collected in 1929.

 

If you're interested in reading more about the research projects we have carried out, click here.

 

 


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What are the musical traditions of East Anglia?

Traditional Music Day     Melodeons & More      Workshops, classes & schools      Community Projects       

          Profiles of traditional musicians        Research         Jig Dolls        Dulcimers     Stepdancing

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