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Bibliography and photos of Bob Cann and the Pixies, plus notation of the dances that are regularly danced in the village halls of Dartmoor.

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Also available is VT113CDR 'A Dartmoor Country Dance Party'

which includes recordings of Pixies playing for the dances in the book

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'A Survey of Traditional Music Making in Mid-Suffolk' - John Howson Detailed information and reminiscences from a lively musical tradition. Includes over 100 photos.

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Also available is VTDC8CD 'Many a Good Horseman' the double CD which includes singers and musicians mentioned in the book

Book + CD x 2 - £18.20 - Add to Basket 



This book focuses on songs noted down by Ralph Vaughan Williams who visited Southwold in Suffolk in 1910. He collected fifteen songs from local fishermen particularly the Hurr family. The book contains scores for all the songs, plus lyrics and notes and also photographs and biographies of the singers.  


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53 songs and ballads from Cecil Sharp's remarkable American collection . Introductory essay by MikeYates, biographical sketches of the singers and notes on the songs plus many unpublished photographs and manuscripts.


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This book of tunes from East Anglia and is a resource for practising musicians, but this is more than just a tune book. It’s aim is to shed light on the way in which traditional music in Suffolk and Norfolk has thrived and mutated during the 20th century. Polkas, waltzes, hornpipes, schottisches and jigs, with comparative versions, transcribed from recordings of more than 20 different melodeon, fiddle & dulcimer players, as well as biographies, photographs and contextual information about traditional music in East Anglian.


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Jig dolls are fascinating and elusive; they are dolls, puppets, toys, wooden artefacts, elements of social history, and percussion instruments. They feature in folk art, local history, and traditional music.This eagerly awaited revised and expanded edition of the seminal work on jig dolls by Rennie and Pat Pickles (1988) has twice the number of pages in the original book and more than three times the number of illustrations, the majority now being reproduced in full colour. A bibliography and an index have been added. Following Rennie's death in 1987, Pat continued to amass information and images from a huge range of sources, and eventually found an ally in Katie Howson, then Artistic Director of the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, who was both willing and ideally placed to help in Pat's wish to publish an expanded edition. Pat and Katie worked together on and off over several years, taming the torrent of new material and shaping it into this new publication. This edition pieces together a history from descriptions, printed references and museum examples from the British Isles and goes on to describe three case studies (Yorkshire, East Anglia, and the Seth Davy legend). Reaching beyond the British scene, it explores evidence of dancing dolls in Europe, the United States and Canada, Australia and Africa, and surveys commercially produced jig dolls and mechanical dancers. It ends with a round-up of recent developments and innovations before
handing on the task of further exploration to the next generation of jig doll enthusiasts.

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This is an intimate portrait of Lal Waterson (1943–1998) through a 15-track CD of very rare home demo recordings plus a hardback book of her writings, drawings, paintings, and stained glass. Known primarily as a singer and songwriter, Lal Waterson is shown, through this beautiful accompanying new book, to be much more—a versatile and vibrant artist. The 15 songs on the CD confirm her stature as a songwriter of rare imagination, depth and rich beauty; combine this ability with the many drawings, paintings, thoughts and poems illustrated in the book and a clearer picture emerges of Lal's individual, tender, intense, complex but ultimately very human talents. Teach Me To Be A Summer's Morning is curated by Lal's daughter Marry Waterson and offers a unique, intimate portrait of Lal , through a wonderful selection of her work from a life lived making sense of the world through music, words, and pictures.

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Irish Books

IRB30 HUNTING THE HAIR and other pursuits Contents

A new book and CD of comic songs written by Con Ó Drisceoil. He is celebrated, throughout Ireland and England for his first book “The Spoons Murder and other mysteries” which was published in 2006 and his talent for creating comic songs was recognised in 2009 when he was awarded the TG4 Gradam Ceoil as Composer of the Year. He also of course well known as a fine button accordion on which he specialises in the music of Cork and Kerry. In this work he has the good fortune to enjoy, in the group The Four Star Trio, the company of musicians Johnny McCarthy and Pat Ahern,

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Singer Roisin White has researched into the life and songs of Robert Cinnamond for many years and this new production celebrates her work. Cinnamond was born in 1884 at Ballinderry Co. Antrim on the shores of Lough Neagh and came from a great singing tradition and he got most of his songs from his father, who in turn had many songs from his mother (Robert’s grandmother). In 1975 Topic released an LP of Robert Cinnamond called ‘You Rambling Boys of Pleasure’, using mainly BBC recordings which had been made in the 1950s and 60s. Roisin has licenced this recording and the first CD in the front of the booklet is this album. In the back of the booklet is the second CD is called ‘Tis pretty in Ballinderry’ and contains new recordings of more of Cinnamonds songs sung by a variety of singers including: Len Graham, Jane Cassidy, Brian OhAirt, Maurice Leydon, Méabh Meir, Jennifer Orr and Roisin White.

     The 60 page booklet itself contains introductions by Roisin, Martin Dowling and Chris McCarney, tributes from Robert’s family and Mairéad Ní Mhaoinigh and Chris Scott plus notes on the CDs including the original ones from ‘You Rambling Boys of Pleasure’ and biographies of the singers on ‘Tis pretty in Ballinderry’.

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IRB33 THE SPIRIT OF THE REELS - The story of the Famous Liverpool Céilí Band

'The Spirit of the Reels', relives the times and triumphs of The Famous Liverpool Ceílí Band. Following this traditional Irish band from their Liverpool origins, to their All-Ireland victories in the 1960s and their remarkable tour of the States. Bringing to life the humourous exploits of these outstanding musicians in a fascinating history of traditional Irish music and the social change they lived through. 

“This is a story of music, mirth, magic and memories which is unique and inspiring in its substance and in its telling. This celebrated ensemble encapsulated the story of Ireland – her history, culture, quest for independence, emigration and tenacity of character. They were a torch of hope and pride and a barometer of potential and achievement.” Dr. Labhrás Ó Murchú, Ardstiúrthóir CCÉ


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VTDC12CD 'I thought I was the only one' - Dulcimer players from East Anglia   Archival recordings and a film of Billy Bennington'


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