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Boscastle Breakdown

Boscastle Breakdown (Topic 12T240)

Boscastle Breakdown
Southern English Country Music
Various Artists

Topic Records 12T240 (LP, UK, 1974)
Topic Records TSDL240 (digital download, UK, February 2010)

This is a collection of field recordings, made by the BBC during the Second World War, and by a handful of enthusiasts in the 1960s. It presents traditional instrumental music in the South English countryside.

Produced by Tony Engle;
Front cover photograph of a band from Co. Durham, courtesy Reg Hall

Musicians

Scan Tester and Rabbity Baxter, Anglo-German concertina and tambourine [1];
Billy Cooper, dulcimer [2, 8-9];
The Tintagel and Boscastle Players, fiddles, concertinas, accordions and cello [3];
William Hocken, fiddle [4];
Mr Dangar's Trio, fiddles, concertina and mandolin [5-6];
Walter and Daisy Bulwer, fiddle and piano [7, 16];
Reg Hall, fiddle [7];
Harry Lee, fiddle [10, 15];
The Dorset Trio: Charles Pond, fiddle; William Hooper, melodeon, Anglo-German concertina; Purcell Damer, cello [11-12];
Albert Farmer, melodeon, bass drum, cymbal [13-14]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. [ST, RB] Jenny Lind / Untitled Polka (4.37)
  2. [BC] The Irish Washerwoman / Garryowen / Rory O'More / St. Patrick's Day (2.31)
  3. [TBP] The Boscastle Breakdown (3.41)
  4. [WH] The Boscastle Breakdown (0.38)
  5. [MDT] The Helston Furry Dance (4.05)
  6. [MDT] Lady Evesham's Jig (1.31)
  7. [W&DB, RH] / Untitled Polka (1.20)
  1. [BC] The Yarmouth Hornpipe introducing: The Four-Hand Reel / The Sailor's Hornpipe (2.10)
  2. [BC] Dulcie Bell (2.06)
  3. [HL] The Breakdown / The Flowers of Edinburgh (3.14)
  4. [TDT] The Italian Schottische (2.01)
  5. [TDT] The Lass of Dalogil (4.08)
  6. [AF] Bonfire Tune / Untitled Polka (2.01)
  7. [AF] Untitled Waltz / The Cuckoo Waltz (2.17)
  8. [HL] Unidentified Tune (2.04)
  9. [W&DB] The Sailor's Hornpipe / The Shipdham Hornpipe / Untitled Polka / The White Cockade / Untitled Polka (3.44)

Track 1 recorded by Ken Stubbs in The Half Moon, Balcombe, Sussex, June 27, 1962;
Tracks 2, 7-9, 16 recorded by Bill Leader in Shipdham, Norfolk, August 4-5, 1962;
Tracks 3-4 recorded by Richard Dimbleby for the BBC in The Wellington Hotel, Boscastle, Cornwall, October 9, 1943;
Tracks 5-6 recorded by the BBC in Tintagel, Cornwall, January 26, 1944;
Tracks 10, 15 recorded by Steve Pennells and Ken Stubbs in Borough Green, Kent, October 7, 1962;
Tracks 11-12 recorded by Douglas Cleverden for the BBC in Kingston, Dorset, September 17, 1943;
Tracks 13-14 recorded by Ken Stubbs in Lingfield, Surrey, 1964

Tracks 2, 7-9, 16 were also published on English Country Music (TSCD607, 2000)