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 Suffolk CDs  



TSCD676D The Barley Mow



Astonishing field recordings and a film made in Suffolk by Peter Kennedy in the 1950s, a rich record of a community steeped in traditional song and singing.

As early as 1949, Peter Kennedy had begun making field recordings of traditional music in the West Country of England on his own initiative and at his own expense with a factory prototype tape recorder lent to him by a friend. During the time the recordings included in this CD/DVD collection were made, 1953-1956, Peter was working part-time for the EFDSS and part-time for the BBC, and in his free time he engaged in projects of his own and those he    shared with Alan Lomax; although Peter undertook his own recording trips to Suffolk in 1952, he and Lomax did not meet up in Suffolk until October 10th 1953, to record singers at the Ship in Blaxhall, then onto Sweffling the following day to record Harry List. Peter had been keen to record traditional music and dance performance on film, and Lomax attended the first day of filming at the Ship in November 1955. June 1956 saw Peter in the area again, this time recording Phoebe Smith, her neighbour Jim Baldry, Bob Roberts, Jumbo

Brightwell and Edgar Button. With this wealth of recorded material, Peter laid the foundations for future research into a region rich in traditional music, dance and song.


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VTC2CD  Songs Sung in Suffolk


‘Popular Folk Songs, Old Songs and Ballads sung by traditional singers from Suffolk’

Fred Whiting (Kenton) Ted Chaplin (Wingfield) Gordon Woods (Framsden) Charlie Hancy (Bungay) Geoff Ling (Blaxhall) Charlie Stringer (Wickham Skeith) Tom Smith (Thorpe Morieux) Tony Harvey (Tannington) Cyril Barber (Felsham) Harry Chambers (Dennington) Manny Aldous (Great Bricett)



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VTC3CD  Comic Songs Sung in Suffolk


‘Comic Songs, Music Hall Songs & Parodies sung by traditional singers from Suffolk’

Clifford Arbon (Monewden) Charlie Hancy (Bungay) Tom Smith (Thorpe Morieux) Ted Chaplin (Wingfield) Geoff Ling (Blaxhall) Wallie Syer (Bildeston)  Tony Harvey (Tannington) Hubert Smith (Thorpe Morieux) Gordon Woods (Framsden) Manny Aldous (Great Bricett) Cyril Barber (Felsham) Hubert Freeman (Bedingfield).


Track list   This is now a digital download only release


MP3 downloads are available from all major digital retailers, as full albums or individual tracks, and there you can listen to a sample of each track. 

The following links will take you directly to this albums page on Amazon.


Comic Songs Sung in Suffolk - Amazon   £7.49 (89p)   Amazon.co.uk  




VT130CD  Who Owns the Game?


‘Traditional songs and melodeon tunes from Central Suffolk’

Cecil Pearl (Claydon) Charlie Stringer (Wickham Skeith) Dolly Curtis (Dennington) Fred Whiting (Kenton) Cyril Barber (Felsham) Roy Last (Mendlesham Green)


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VT136CD The Yellow Handkerchief - Phoebe Smith


Traditional songs & ballads from England’s greatest gypsy singer, who lived much of her life in Melton near Woodbridge in Suffolk.


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VT140CD  Good Order


'Traditional singing and music from the Eel’s Foot’

Mrs Howard, Jumbo Brightwell, Fred Ginger, Jack Clark,  Velvet Brightwell,  Tom Goddard,  Douglas Morling, Harry ‘Crutter’ Cook,  Edgar Button,  Albert ‘Diddy’ Cook,  Alec Bloomfield,  Jack ‘Dot’ Button.


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VT154CD Good Hearted Fellows


'Traditional song, music hall songs and tunes from Suffolk recorded by Keith Summers'

Ted Laurence (Shelfhanger) Fred List (Framlingham) Jimmy Knights (Debach)  Fred Went (Ufford)  Alec Bloomfield (Benhall) Fred Whiting (Kenton) Billy List (Brundish) Dolly Curtis (Dennington) Charlie Whiting (Southolt) Ted Cobbin (Great Glenham) Jumbo Brightwell (Leitson) Geoff Ling (Blaxhall) Harkie Nesling (Bedfield) George Ling (Blaxhall) Albert Smith (Butley) Dinks Cooper (Walberswick) Cecil Fisk (Bedingfield) Font Whatling (Worlingworth) 


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VTDC8CD Many a Good Horseman


'Traditional Music Making from Mid-Suffolk recorded 1958 - 1993'

Gordon Syrett (Mendlesham Green) Roy Last (Stonham) Reg Pyett (Mendlesham) Emily Sparkes (Rattlesden)  Jack Pearson (Wickham Skeith) Charlie Carver (Tostock) Charlie Griggs (Stowmarket) Tom Williams (Stowupland ) Emma Briggs (Thwaite) John Mitchell (Forward Green) Stan Steggles (Rattlesden) George Wade (Stowmarket) Ernie Lyas (Stowmarket) 'Gipsy' Charlie (Tostock) Clement Pearson (Wickham Skeith) Charlie Stringer (Wickham Skeith) Ernie Nunn (Wetheringsett) Doddy Thorndyke (Stowmarket) 'Lubidy' Rice (Finningham) Bill Smith (Walsham-le-Willows) Andy Austin (Woolpit) Jimmy Gladwell's Band (Stowmarket)  'Tinker' Parker (Mendlesham Green) Bert Allen (Tostock) Glynn Griffiths (Cockfield) Hubert Smith (Thorpe Morieux) Tom Smith (Thorpe Morieux)


This collection tracks John Howson's survey of traditional music making in Mid-Suffolk and includes not only his contemporary recordings, but also fascinating archival recordings made by the few other collectors who ventured into the area. In 1993 these recordings were released as a double cassette. The original recordings, some made as early as 1958, are now housed in the National Sound Archive at the British Library in London so that they are archived for the future. They have now also been digitally edited and enhanced, using modern technology, and are now available for the first time as a double CD which consists of two 39 track CDs each lasting 75 minutes, giving a total running time of two-and-a-half hours. It also comes with a new 32-page booklet, which includes biographies and photographs of each of the performers, as well as extensive notes about the songs and tunes.


Mid-Suffolk was almost virgin territory when this original survey was done in the mid 1980s, and a rich and diverse musical tradition, not unlike that of East Suffolk, was found. Memories and photographs of the musicians, singers, stepdancers and broom dancers are published in the book of the same name which can be found in the Books section above. Go to ENB3.


Track list - Double CD


CD & Book (ENB3)



MTCD301-2 A Broadside - Bob Hart


46 tracks from recordings made by Rod Stradling and Bill Leader of this important Suffolk singer. Comes with a A5 booklet.


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MTCD303 Plenty of Thyme - Cyril Poacher


Compilation of recordings of the great Suffolk traditional singer from Blaxhall.


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 Norfolk CDs   


VT152CD The Barford Angel - Billy Bennington


'Norfolk Dulcimer and Dialect'

Re-release of the classic album on CD, which now includes several stories about Billy's exploits while travelling around the pubs of rural Norfolk, plus nine extra music tracks from the Topic LP 'English Country Music from East Anglia'.


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MTCD305-6 Put a bit of powder on it, Father - Walter Pardon


A double album of the recordings not used on Walter Pardon's Topic CD.


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 East Anglia CDs   


VTDC12CD I Thought I was the Only One


'Dulcimer players from East Anglia - archival recordings and a film of Billy Bennington'

Billy Bennington Walter Jeary Jimmy Roger Mollie Whitaker Billy Cooper Tommy Sparkes

Oswald Stammers Charlie Philpot  Reg Reader


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VT150CD Heel & Toe


‘Traditional folk songs, music hall songs & tunes from Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex’

Percy Brown  Reg Bacon  Charlie Giddings  Billy Cooper  Walter & Daisy Bulwer 

Hockey Feltwell  George Green  Billy Rash  Alan Pate


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VTVS05/06  The Pigeon on the Gate



'Melodeon Players from East Anglia'

Fred List  Dolly Curtis  Ben Youngs  George  Woolnough  Charlie Plant  Peter Plant  Geoff Mayes  Fred Pearce  Clifford Arbon  Cyril Barber  Cecil Pearl  Bert Mayes  Font Whatling  Oscar Woods  Jen Newson  George Green  Mr Potter  Monty Chapman  Charlie Cutmore  Harry De Caux  Sonny Barber  Harry Cox  Charlie Buller  George Craske  John Woodrow  Billy Patterson Bob Davies  Percy Brown


The melodeon has, over the years, been more popular in East Anglia than anywhere else in England. 111 tracks of traditional melodeon playing from, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire, including 17 tracks of Oscar Woods from Benhall in East Suffolk and 23 from the other legendary player Percy Brown from Aylsham in Norfolk.


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OH-1CD The Old Hat Concert Party


East Anglian music, song  stepdancing recorded 'live' in a Suffolk pub with Katie Howson, Reg Reader, Adrian Turner, Font Whatling, Cyril Barber, Ted Chaplin, Tony Harvey, Des Miller, David Webb and Ted Stevens.

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 Compilations which include East Anglian singers and musicians   


VTC1CD  Stepping it Out!


'Traditional folk music, songs and dances from England'

Includes: Walter Pardon (Norfolk), Manny Aldous (Suffolk), Geoff Ling (Suffolk), Ted Quantrill (Suffolk), Fred Whiting (Suffolk), Tony Harvey (Suffolk) and Gordon Woods. (Suffolk)


Tracks from East Anglia




VTC4CD   Down in the Fields


‘An anthology of traditional folk music from Rural England’

Includes: Billy Bennington (Norfolk) and Hubert Freeman (Suffolk)


Tracks from East Anglia





VTC5CD   When the Wind Blows


‘An anthology of traditional music from coastal England’

Includes: Walter Pardon (Norfolk), Bob Davis (Norfolk), Harold Smy (Suffolk), Ted Chaplin (Suffolk), John 'Dusso' Winter (Suffolk), Fred Whiting (Suffolk), Ted Quantrill (Suffolk) and Percy Brown & Dick Hewitt (Norfolk)


Tracks from East Anglia




VTC6CD   It was on a market day - One


‘English traditional folk singers - One’

Includes: Fred Whiting (Suffolk) and Geoff Ling (Suffolk)


Tracks from East Anglia





VTC7CD   It was on a market day - Two


‘English traditional folk singers - Two’

Includes: Walter Pardon (Norfolk), Ted Chaplin  (Suffolk) and Charlie Hancy  (Suffolk)

Tracks from East Anglia





MTCD311- 2  Up in the North, Down in the South


A selection of Mike Yates' recordings from around the country including Norfolk.


Tracks from East Anglia - (double CDR)










ENB3 Many a Good Horseman  


 'A Survey of Traditional Music Making in Mid-Suffolk' - John Howson

Detailed information and reminiscences from a lively musical tradition. Includes over 100 photos.




Veteran A4

or with the double CD VTDC8CD






ENB20 Blyth Voices  


This book focuses on songs noted down by Ralph Vaughan Williams who visited Southwold in Suffolk in 1910. He collected fifteen items from local fishermen particularly the Hurr family. The book contains scores for all the songs, plus lyrics & notes and also photographs and biographies of the singers. (2003, republished 2008)




EATMT A5 48pp - £6.00 = P&P





ENB25 The Brightest of Entertainers


A history of dancing dolls, also known as jig dolls, by Rennie and Pat Pickles. The only serious book on this subject, with copious photographs and illustrations.


A5 56pp


Currently out of stock pending republication.





ENB29 Before the Night Was Out   


Before the Night Was Out aims to shed light on the way in which traditional music in Suffolk and Norfolk has thrived and mutated during the twentieth century, as well as providing a resource for practising musicians.

It includes:

- Polkas, hornpipes, jigs, schottisches and waltzes, including comparative versions, transcribed from recordings of more than twenty different melodeon players, fiddlers and dulcimer players

- Biographies, photographs and contextual information about the East Anglian musical tradition, plus a comprehensive discography
- Fascinating details about the musical, social and geographical journeys these tunes have made through time

- Guidance on how to interpret and play this music


For more details, click here.


EATMT A4 104pp - £10.00 + P&P









EATMTM2 Stepdance Postcard




Stepdance postcard, designed by Bill Smith.


£1.50 for 5, post free in UK, when ordered with other items.

£6.00 for 20, post free in UK, when ordered with other items.














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