The First Folk Revival

Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival - The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox - Bruce Lindsay

Bruce Lindsay [+-]
Music Journalist and Social Historian
Bruce Lindsay has a PhD in history from the University of East Anglia. He is a freelance music journalist and social history researcher writing for All About Jazz and Jazz Journal. In the past he was a semi-professional guitarist and bassist in R&B, soul and jazz bands and was a regular performer at open-mike nights and folk sessions across East Anglia. He is the author of Shellac & Swing: A Social History of the Gramophone in Britain published in 2019.

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The first folk revival took place around the turn of the twentieth century, when collectors such as Cecil Sharp, Percy Grainger and Lucy Broadwood took to their bicycles to travel around the English countryside gathering songs and tunes from what they perceived to be a dying culture. This chapter briefly discusses the revival in broad terms before concentrating on folk song collection in Norfolk – where Kate Lee and Ralph Vaughan Williams were collecting around 1900. Neither Harry or Sam came to the collectors’ attention in the revival’s first years, but other Norfolk singers proved to be a fruitful source of music and song.

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Lindsay, Bruce. The First Folk Revival. Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival - The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2021. ISBN 9781781799178. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38550. Date accessed: 23 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38550. Mar 2021

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