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Posted By: GUEST,henryp
07-Jan-22 - 05:42 AM
Thread Name: BBC Radio This week 2022
Subject: RE: BBC Radio This week 2022
BBC Radio 4 Friday 7 January 2021 10:00am Woman's Hour

Cecil Sharp in Somerset; Identity and Englishness - with archive recording of Louie Hooper from 1942!

Cecil Sharp is known as the godfather of English folk music. In a bid to preserve the English folk song at the turn of the twentieth century, when many in the musical world didn't believe England had a musical tradition of its own, he collected and memorialised thousands of traditional English folk songs from rural communities in England. However, less is known about the people he collected these songs from.

FOLK is a new play at Hampstead Theatre in London written by Nell Leyshon, the British dramatist and novelist born in Glastonbury, Somerset. She tells us the true story of Louie Hooper and Lucy White, two half-sisters from Somerset who Cecil Sharp collected hundreds of songs from.