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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
22-Dec-11 - 04:36 PM
Thread Name: Twelve Carols from Herefordshire
Subject: RE: Twelve Carols from Herefordshire
BBC Radio 4 Fri 23 Dec 2011 10:00am

Woman's Hour - Mrs Leather's Carols

This Christmas a collection of traditional carols from Herefordshire, has been re-published after being out of print for almost a century. The carols were collected from gypsies and itinerant hop pickers by the folklorist Mrs EM Leather and Ralph Vaughan Williams around the village of Woebley in Herefordshire.

Ella Mary Leather was in many ways the typical Victorian-Edwardian middle class woman, but she also flouted convention, befriending the singers she recorded on wax cylinders. She died in 1927 and was said to have never fully recovered from the death of her son in the first world war. The musicologist Roy Palmer has edited the new edition of Vaughan Williams and Mrs Leather's work.