452 - AS SHE IS SPOKE -2-

Dialect - Midlands & East Anglia

Selected field recordings of vernacular speech covering a range of subjects & age groups, both men & women, covering CAMBRIDGESH, ESSEX, LINCOLNSH, NORFOLK, OXFORDSH, RUTLAND, STAFFORDSH, SUFFOLK & WARWICKSH. Also includes talk about occupations & annual customs such as Ploughing, Shepherding, Boatbuilding, Bellringing, Mummers & Molly Dancers, Horn Bearers, Riding the Stang, etc.

1. ALL ABOUT WORK, CHURCH & HANDBELL RINGING, FOOD, CLOTHING AND COAL CLUB & "MORRIS DANCERS" - Charlie Wilson (67) Empingham, Rutland 1952 - 5'04"

2. I WAS REARED WITH MY GRANDPARENTS, BODY-SNATCHERS AT LICHFIELD & A HANGING OF A BURNTWOOD MAN AT STAFFORD - Phyllis Carnwell (73), Hammerwich, Walsall, Staffordsh 1955 - 4'22"

3. MOLLY DANCERS IN FRONT OF THE PUB - Mr Carnwell, her husband - 0'59"

4. THESE HORN DANCERS - YOU CAN'T BEAT NATURE - Jim Fowell (67), Abbots Bromley, Staffordsh 1954 - 6'21"

5. SHEPHERD FOR YEARS AND YEARS - George Hawkins (86), Ebrington, Warwicksh 1957 - 1'00"

6. WE LOOKED AFTER OLD SHEP HADEN, CECIL SHARP VISITED & Song: THE DRAGGLE- TAILED GIPSIES-O - Bert Wiltshire, Bampton, Oxfordsh 1957 - 3'40"

7. I WAS HEAD SHEPHERD - Albert Peachey (75), Asthall, Burford, Oxfordsh 1952 - 1'40"

8. TRUTH ABOUT SHEPHERDING - Arthur Smith (70) - 1'40"

9. A FORTNIGHT BEFORE WHITSUN (MORRIS DANCERS) - Albert Townsend & Bill Brooks, Bampton, Oxfordshire - 4'29"

10. THEY USED TO CALL IT RAN-TANNING - Jim Martin, Barrow-on-Humber, Lincolnshire1953 - 1'43"

11. IT'S FOR PEOPLE WHO HAVEN'T BEEN GOOD TO THEIR SERVANTS & LAST MAN IN THE STOCKS - Richard Brown (83), as previous - 2'15"

12. MY FATHER HAD A MELODEON & OLD MOTHER SHIPTON - Luke Stanley (62), Binbrook, Lincolnshire 1953 - 2'32"

13. PLOUGHING A STRAIGHT FURROW - Billy Dickerson, Blakeney, Norfolk 1952 - 2'24"

14. I HAVE BEEN HUNGRY (A HARD LIFE) - Harry Cox, Catfield, Yarmouth, Norfolk 1953 - 2'38"

15. TAKING OUT THE BOAT TO A DANISH SHIPWRECK - Skipper Woodhouse, Cromer, Norfolk - 2'33"

16. I'VE BEEN PLOUGHING WITH BULLOCKS & MOLECATCHING - Edgar Allington, Brandon, Suffolk 1956 - 2'54"

17. MY FATHER WAS A FISHERMAN & MOTHER SANG - Mrs Howard, Thorpeness, & Mrs Markwell, Lowestoft, Suffolk 1956 - 0'55"

18. PICTURE A MAN WITH EAST COAST ENERGY (SUFFOLK SUICIDE) - Bob Roberts, Ipswich, Pinmill, Suffolk 1953 - 3'29"

19. THE YOUNG SQUIRE WANTED TO MARRY HER - Kate Harvey (54), Thaxted, Essex 1958 - 1'17"

20. IT USED TO BE CALLED PLOUGH MONDAY, WHIP-CRACKING, JACK-IN-THE-GREEN, SWEEPS DAY, FRUMMETTY & FEAST SUNDAY - Arthur Abbs (85), Whaddon, Cambridgesh 1956 - 3'06"

21. AFTER THE CORN HAD BEEN CARTED IN (HARVEST HOME) - Thomas Coningsby (82) - 0'36"

22. I USED TO BE A LEADING HORSEHOLDER - Ernest Jeffrey (75), Friday Bridge, Wisbech, Lincs - 2'32"

Recorded & edited by Peter Kennedy and first published on Folktrax cassettes 1987.