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GUEST, Sminky 17 Jan 08 - 08:06 AM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 17 Jan 08 - 08:37 AM
RTim 17 Jan 08 - 09:03 AM
Bonnie Shaljean 17 Jan 08 - 09:08 AM
Les in Chorlton 17 Jan 08 - 09:47 AM
GUEST, Sminky 17 Jan 08 - 10:24 AM
Les in Chorlton 17 Jan 08 - 10:52 AM
GUEST,John of Elsie`s Band 17 Jan 08 - 10:58 AM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 17 Jan 08 - 11:53 AM
GUEST, Sminky 17 Jan 08 - 12:06 PM
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Subject: Broadside Collection Online
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 08:06 AM

The Axon Ballad collection is now available online.

Named after their collector, the late G.R. Axon, former member of the Lancashire and Cheshire Antiquarian Society, the collection consists of 132 sheets containing 280 ballads.

Well worth a visit IMO.


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 08:37 AM

damn! I thought it was Broadside magazine.


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: RTim
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 09:03 AM

Great - have already found a version of a song that I am currently working on - with two extra verses!!

Tim Radford


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 09:08 AM

Thanks for the heads-up Sminky. I've bookmarked it -

Good work


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 09:47 AM

Brilliant Sminky - absolutely brilliant!


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 10:24 AM

Dip your bread, folks!

Anyone know the story behind No.12 - "Lamentation for the Calamity At Victoria Singing Rooms Manchester"?

As luck would have it, it's probably the least legible of what are otherwise very clear scans.


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 10:52 AM

I guess it was a fire in a Victorian Music Hall. the story rings a bell. Quick Google gave nothing but a sideways attack may throw up more

Les


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: GUEST,John of Elsie`s Band
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 10:58 AM

The following is also a little gold mine.
VICTORIAN STREET BALLADS
W.Henderson.
Published in 1937
LONDON COUNTRY LIFE.
There is a very well researched forward on the history of street singing in Britain as well as countless street ballads from broadsheets which are the origins of so many " folk songs" we sing today.
                                           John


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 11:53 AM

Sminky

Although, as you say, The Lamentation... is probably the least clear of the scans, it can be read in its entirety with a little processing. Increasing brightness and contrast made all of it readable.

Personally, I like the Prophecy for 1973, which seems to have predicted the breakdown of marriage, free love and fast food with some accuracy (though the verse on genetic engineering seemed to place it just a bit too early).

Mick


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 12:06 PM

Yes, thanks Mick, I managed to wade through it eventually. It required patience more than anything else - something I am not over-supplied with ;-)

I love the Prophecy for 1973 - though if we can put a man on the moon, how come we can't hatch children by steam yet?


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: Acme
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 12:17 PM

Do you have other online resources like this that you think are particularly helpful? Have we compiled a list of these sites somewhere at Mudcat?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 12:40 PM

The disaster took place in 1868 when 23 people were killed, not in a fire, but in a rush for the exits, due to a false alarm of fire. Deaths due to this kind of incident were distressingly common before the enforcement of effective safety regulations requiring the provision of an adequate number of unobstructed exits from all levels.

Coincidentally, at another Victoria Hall, but in Sunderland, in June 1883, an audience of about a thousand children, seated at three levels, was enjoying a performance by a conjurer, when he sent an assistant into the audience with a basket of toys to distribute as free gifts. The children on the upper two tiers, fearing they would be left out, rushed down the stairs. A door on the landing, which should have been wide open, had had its bolt dropped into a floor socket, to leave only an 18 inch opening, a device intended to control the flow. This it did, only too effectively. More than 180 children were killed in the crush, which left their bodies piled up at one point to a depth of five feet or more. There was no fire. In this case there was not even a panic over a supposed fire; just the predictable, crowd behaviour of perfectly normal children.


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 12:42 PM

Not a guest but Billy Weeks. Why does that damned cookie keep getting lost?

BW


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: Billy Weeks
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 12:44 PM

Has that fixed it?


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 17 Jan 08 - 01:14 PM

Many thanks for that Billy.

Doh! I've just noticed that it mentions the tragedy in the Axon introduction itself:

"Victoria Music Hall (Ben Lang's). Victoria Bridge
Manchester 31 July 1868
False alarm of fire, 23 persons crushed to
Death in endeavouring to escape from the Building.
Axon's Annals p 316"

Do you believe me now about my lack of patience?


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Subject: RE: Broadside Collection Online
From: Acme
Date: 18 Dec 10 - 02:51 PM

Bringing this back up to the top as an interesting resource.

SRS


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