Keith Summers English Folk Music Collection

George Ling interview, part 01

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  • Shelf mark

    1CDR0010647 (copy of C1002/78)

  • Subjects

    English folk songs and music (Suffolk); Interview

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    Keith Summers Collection

  • Recording locations

    Croydon, London, England, UK

  • Interviewees

    Ling, George (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Summers, Keith (speaker, male)

  • Recordist

    Summers, Keith

  • Abstract

    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.

  • Description

    Item notes: Same session as the one on C1002/29. Interviewee notes: Of the Ling family of Blaxhall, Suffolk

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