The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #110621   Message #2324343
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
24-Apr-08 - 11:15 AM
Thread Name: Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Bertsongs?
"Beckett, far from being the unlettered weaver of common portrayal, was a highly self-educated man, expert and enthusiastic about local dialect, history and geology ..."

I suspect that that description would fit a lot of traditional singers. I believe that Henry Burstow of Sussex was a similar self-educated polymath.

Also Sid Calderbank (of Chorley - possibly?) sings a version of the 'Four Loom Weaver' which is much closer to the version posted above by Brian Peters. Sid sings it in dialect and the first time I heard him all the hairs stood up on the back of my neck! I swear I was, for a few moments, transported back to Georgian Lancashire. If you ever meet Sid beg him (nicely, of course) to sing it for you!