Publications

Books and websites

New publication due in August 2018

The Brightest of Entertainers – jig dolls from England and beyond

Some years ago Pat Pickles who had, with her late husband Rennie, written a book about the history of jig dolls asked me to work with her on a new edition. The task was a long one, with the revision turning into a whole new edition, with many many extra photographs and pages and pages of additional information, including whole new sections of my own research.  It is now finally ready for publication by the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust!

It was very much a joint venture and I am only sad that Pat isn’t really able to appreciate its eventual publication, as, sadly, her health took a serious turn for the worse a couple of years ago. The Brightest of Entertainers will soon be available for sale from the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust by post or from me in person.

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‘East Anglian Dulcimers’ – the major research work into English dulcimers – the instruments, players and makers. Researched and written together with John Howson. Ongoing work, but a huge database of information already available on the eastangliandulcimers.org.uk website .

‘The Brightest of Entertainers’ – a history of jig dolls, jointly with Pat Pickles (EATMT, t.b.a.)

‘Investigating Traditional Culture & Folklore’; ‘Songs from the Stour Valley’; ‘Dances from the Stour Valley’ – for the Managing a Masterpiece project (EATMT, 2011)

‘Before the Night Was Out’ (EATMT, 2007) –  a book of tunes collected from traditional musicians in Suffolk & Norfolk, plus social history and biographies of the main traditional musicians from the region. Available from the EATMT website.

‘North End Voices’ (EATMT, 2007) – a booklet about traditional singing in King’s Lynn, Norfolk. Available from the EATMT website.

‘Blyth Voices’ (EATMT, 2003) – a book of songs collected in Southwold, on the Suffolk coast, by Ralph Vaughan Williams, plus social history and context. Available from the EATMT website.

‘A Teacher’s Guide to Regional Resources for Traditional Folk Music’ (1997)

‘Setting up a School Archive’ (a guide for teachers, Suffolk County Council, 1995)

‘From the Horse’s Mouth’ (a resource for teachers, Suffolk County Council, 1995)

‘History and Music’ (a guide for teachers, Suffolk County Council, 1994)

Articles, including web pages

‘A Musical Life – William Godball’ (Suffolk Review, 1999)

‘Music with a Local Flavour’ (Primary Music Today, 1998)

‘Dancing in Suffolk 1750-1900’ (an excerpt from this unpublished dissertation, 1995, is on EATMT website under the Gray collection of tunes from 1812)

The following pieces of original research were all published on the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust website between 2003-2017, whilst I was Director. That website has currently been rebuilt and restructured, but you should be able to find these via the drop down menus, either under ‘East Anglian Traditions’ or ‘Archives’ on the EATMT website.

‘Ralph Vaughan Williams in the East’ – with case studies on South Norfolk, Southwold (‘Blyth Voices’) and King’s Lynn (‘North End Voices’)

‘Two Singers from the Stour Valley’

‘Behind the Song’ – Peter the Paynter and The Captain’s Apprentice

‘Tracing the Tune’ – The Perfect Cure and Starry Night for a Ramble

‘Profiles of Traditional Musicians’ – 10 articles about musicians, singers and stepdancers from East Anglia (32 articles in total in this section).

‘Village Portraits’ – articles about Suffolk villages with musical traditions – Mendlesham, Blaxhall and Worlingworth.

‘John Clare: Traditional Musician’

The pages about stepdancing, dulcimers and jig dolls on the EATMT website are also written by me, as are the research pieces under various community project headings – e.g. ‘Tuning In’ (Lowestoft, Orford, Mendlesham and Benhall) and ‘Playback’.