Some of 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. Other profiles since 2017 have been added to include collectors and more recent musicians who are not necessarily given the title “traditional singers” but who none the less have continued to keep the traditional songs, tunes and musical traditions of East Anglia alive.
For ease, this list of Profiles is in alphabetical order and the contributor(s) to each article named. We are very grateful to every contributor who has afforded the time to add their precious memories, recollections and/or personal research.
If you are reading these for academic purposes, please refer to the author as the contributor/writer and EATMT for hosting these profiles.
Clicking on the links in the Discography sections of each page will take you straight to a track listing.
Cyril Barber by Katie & John Howson
Billy Bennington – Norfolk dulcimer player, by John Howson
Jumbo Brightwell – Suffolk singer, by Chris Foster
Percy Brown – Norfolk melodeon player, by Dave Arthur
Walter and Daisy Bulwer – Norfolk musicians, by Reg Hall
Ted Chaplin – Suffolk singer, by John & Katie Howson
Billy Cooper – Norfolk dulcimer player, by Chris Holderness & Reg Hall
Dave Cooper – Singer, musician and folk club organiser from the mid 1960s until 2020 in London, Nottingham and latterly East Anglia. With contributions from John Heather and Jane Clayton
Harry Cox – Norfolk singer, by Shirley Collins and Chris Heppa
George Craske and Frank Ward – Norfolk melodeon players, by Sue Carlton
Dolly Curtis – Suffolk melodeon player, by Katie Howson
Hubert Freeman – Suffolk singer, by John & Katie Howson
Harry Green – Essex singer, by John Howson
Bob Hart – Suffolk singer, by Vic Harrup
Tony Harvey – Suffolk singer, by Katie & John Howson
Dick Hewitt – Norfolk stepdancer, by Katie Howson & Peter Clifton
Sam Larner – Norfolk singer, by Martin Carthy
Geoff Ling – Suffolk singer, by John Howson
Percy Ling – Suffolk singer, by Taffy Thomas
Harkie Nesling – Suffolk fiddler, by Keith Summers
Walter Pardon – Norfolk singer, by Peta Webb
Cecil Pearl – Suffolk melodeon player, by John & Katie Howson
Cyril Poacher – Suffolk singer, by Keith Summers
Ian Prettyman – Lowestoft singer, musician, preacher, teacher and much valued Friend and volunteer of EATMT, with contributions from daughters Carol and Susan, Keith Skipper and Katie Howson.
Reg Reader by Katie & John Howson
Bob Roberts – Suffolk singer, by Jill Bennett & Anne Roberts
Joan Roe – Musician and Folk Song Collector with contributions from Alan Helsdon, Bernadette Bates and Frank Pond
Phoebe Smith – Suffolk singer, by Mike Yates
Font Whatling – Suffolk melodeon player and stepdancer, by John Howson
Mollie Whitaker – Norfolk dulcimer player, by John & Katie Howson
Fred Whiting – Suffolk singer, fiddler and jig doll maker, by John Howson
Oscar Woods – Suffolk melodeon player, by Roger Digby
Gordon Woods – Suffolk singer, by John Howson
East Suffolk Country Band, various contributors
Old Hat Concert Party, by Katie & John Howson