folktrax 265 - THE LASS OF RICHMOND HILL - Songs & Customs of the Yorkshire Dales

Peter Kennedy travelled up Swaledale in 1954, first recordings at "The Punch Bowl", Low Reeth and then further up the dale meeting the Keld Singers. Back again in August 1959 he visited Wensleydale and, at the suggestion of Nigel & Mary Hudleston, he met Tom Horner, of Home Farm, Swithinwaite, who remembered being visited by "The Vessel Cup Singers". Then at West Witton he recorded the local fire custom, "The Burning of Bartle", a midsummer straw guy with torch-battery eye-bulbs, set alight after a series of ritual shouts.

BEAUTIFUL SWALEDALE - THE LASS OF RICHMOND HILL - THE LITTLE FARM WELL TILLED - THE SWALEDALE SONG - THE YORKSHIRE LASS - KEEP YOURSELF STEADILY MOVING, LADS - THE WHITE COCKADE - THE YORKSHIREMAN'S COAT OF ARMS - Local Christmas Song - Poem about Bartle Fair at Reath - Wensleydale Song and talk about Nigger Troupe - PACE-EGGING SONG (Preston-under Scar) - New Year Begging Rhyme - Talk about his life - Carol: GOD REST YE MERRY GETLEMEN and talk about The Vessel Cup- Singers - THE BURNING OF BARTLE "The Shout" followed by talk, West Witton, Wensleydale

 

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