Keith Summers English Folk Music Collection
George Ling interview, part 01
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1CDR0010647 (copy of C1002/78)
English folk songs and music (Suffolk); Interview
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Keith Summers Collection
Croydon, London, England, UK
Ling, George (speaker, male)
Summers, Keith (speaker, male)
Part 1 – George Ling talks about the Ling family, singing in the family, Grandfather’s dancing dolls, the dancing doll ditty ‘God bless your heart when your legs fly up’. John Thurston (Aunt Eddie’s father) played concertina. Fiddle players, ‘Spanker’ Austin and Obediah Taylor the Gypsy. The local Gypsy families, Smiths, Taylors, Picketts, Becketts. Joe Beckett the boxer. Lord Ullswater getting up a petition to get the Gypsies off the heath, as soon as he was successful he hired out the heath for shoots, which prevented the villagers using it. Making pegs from willows with the Gypsys, used to be about two to three hundred caravans in the area.
Item notes: Same session as the one on C1002/29. Interviewee notes: Of the Ling family of Blaxhall, Suffolk