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Robert Harrison Ms restored

johnadams 03 Jun 09 - 07:08 AM
GUEST, Sminky 03 Jun 09 - 09:09 AM
Mark Ross 03 Jun 09 - 10:09 AM
johnadams 03 Jun 09 - 10:54 AM
GUEST, Sminky 03 Jun 09 - 11:35 AM
open mike 03 Jun 09 - 12:29 PM
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Subject: Robert Harrison Ms restored
From: johnadams
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 07:08 AM

This manuscript laid down by the Rev. Robert Harrison of Temple Sowerby contains 519 tunes and provides a particularly rich picture of social music in North West England in the early 19th century. It was transcribed into abc by Simon Wilson and a great deal of research was undertaken by the late Barry Callaghan. The book, discovered by Chris Metherell, has been restored and presented to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library as a memorial to Barry Callaghan.

The money for restoration was raised by donations via the Village Music Project web site. The target was £300, any excess donations after restoration to be donated to the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library.

The fund has now closed and the sum of £475 has been sent to the English Folk Dance and Song Society as a donation to the library. Thanks to all who contributed.

There are links to the manuscript index and the abc files on the Restoration page of the Village Music Project site.


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Subject: RE: Robert Harrison Ms restored
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 09:09 AM

That's terrific, John. Some of my ancestors lived in Temple Sowerby around that time - it's nice to think they probably heard (or even played) some of those tunes. Grateful thanks to all those involved.


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Subject: RE: Robert Harrison Ms restored
From: Mark Ross
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 10:09 AM

I only recognize some of the tunes; Soldiers Joy, Garry Owen. The name I love is KISS ME QUICK JACK, MY MOTHER IS COMING.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Robert Harrison Ms restored
From: johnadams
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 10:54 AM

Sminky, I'll bet some of them sat through a few of the Rev's sermons as well (unless they spent ALL their time down the pub playing tunes).


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Subject: RE: Robert Harrison Ms restored
From: GUEST, Sminky
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 11:35 AM

Well, John, that's the price you gotta pay I guess.

The good Reverend died in 1862. I notice his grandson, who emigrated to Canada, bequeathed £1000 to the village.

I'm so glad the villagers have finally got their bypass; now perhaps they can hear themselves think (and sing and play).


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Subject: RE: Robert Harrison Ms restored
From: open mike
Date: 03 Jun 09 - 12:29 PM

FUNNY THAT....Bobert, mud cat blues player is also named
Robert Harrison, and his post about playng at a blues fest
preceded this one...should we call him Rev. too?


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