I have recently moved to east Kent and in the interests of joining in village life I have managed to get myself roped into giving a talk on English Folk music to the local WI group on St George's day.
I would like to include some examples of local Kentish singers, I have examples of the Smiths (Phoebe, Levi etc.) and the round index, here lists quite an amount of songs collected in Kent, which is a good start. I am particularly interested in the singer Charlie Scamp, who was, I believe, the cousin of Phoebe Smith and lived, for a while at least, in the next village to us, Chartham Hatch.
If anyone has some notation of his songs, or an MP3 they could let me have as I don't hold out much hope of getting one out of the BBC, I would be grateful.
I have trawled through the Kent County Library on line catalogue and is very poorly stocked in the Folk Music section, there is a book, by Ken Thompson: A Kentish Man & His Songs' that is out of print, there are no copies for sale on line and the library doesn't have it, could anyone help there please.
This is quiet a scary undertaking for me, I think, probably wrongly, that the WI are quite a formidable bunch.