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Thread #131243   Message #4117121
Posted By: GUEST,Iains
19-Aug-21 - 03:44 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Brigg Fair
Subject: RE: Origins: Brigg Fair
Ruairidh Greig
August 5, 2020 at 11:53 am

Thanks Andy. Enjoyed reading that. My cousin, Peter Collinson who is Taylor's Great Great Grandson brought it to my attention. We both knew Marion Hudson well – she was Peter's Grandmother and lived as I did, in Grimsby. Her memoirs are a little "rose-tinted" but still interesting. A couple of notes; the John Taylor recording is on the Peter Kennedy Folktracks cassettte 45-135 (Brigg Fair- Joseph Taylor). I've been wondering if the BBC made a record of Brigg Fair in 1944, was there another song on the B side? It's interesting, with regard to the gipsy story, that Grainger noted that JT learnt the song from George Medcalfe from Moortown, near Caistor. Perhaps he was the gipsy? I'm still looking for a compltet version. Thanks again for the interesting blog.

    Andy Turner
    August 5, 2020 at 5:16 pm

    Thanks Ruairidh
    I used to dance with Oyster Morris, and have known Peter since c1976. Had quite forgotten his Taylor lineage until writing these notes.
    I'm sure I will know someone who owns a copy of that Folktracks cassette – will make some approaches.
    And good to know there are still unanswered questions about the song's origin – it would be so boring if we knew all the answers!
(I do not know if this has been previously mentioned - apologies if it has)