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GUEST,Becky, Tucson, AZ 17 Jul 00 - 06:04 PM
McGrath of Harlow 17 Jul 00 - 08:06 PM
Alice 11 Sep 01 - 12:07 AM
Desert Dancer 11 Sep 01 - 01:28 AM
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Subject: Hardy & Bonaparte
From: GUEST,Becky, Tucson, AZ
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 06:04 PM

In Thomas Hardy's "The Trumpet Major" the soldiers sing (omitting his diacriticals):

When lawyers strive to heal a breach, And parsons practise what they preach; Then Boney he'll come pouncing down, And march his men on London Town!

Rollicum rorum, tollollorum, Rollicum rorum, tollollay.

(etc. - 4 verses offered, a total of 14 referred to!)

Was this Hardy's own creation, or (and?) is there a melody anyone knows of?

~ Becky Nankivell Tucson, Arizona

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Subject: RE: Help: Hardy & Bonaparte
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 17 Jul 00 - 08:06 PM

A folk musical based on some of Thomas Hardy's work was put together, and produced in Sidmouth Festival among other places. It's called England Expects, and there's a CD of it.

It uses this song, with a great tune, and a bunch of others written by Graham Moore, who is a very good songwriter, among other things ( and very strong advicate oif the Digital Tradition). Here is a page about him, with links.

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Subject: RE: Help: Hardy & Bonaparte
From: Alice
Date: 11 Sep 01 - 12:07 AM

You can contact the Yetties directly at their page of mp3 song files regarding Thomas Hardy. I have this info from John at Celtic Ways, who handles the Yetties on mp3, regarding Hardy's manuscripts:
................. The Yetties brought out a double album on Thomas Hardy called the Thomas Hardy Heritage.

The double album is about 60 tracks of music and prose. Most of the music is played with Thomas Hardy's own violin, or the violin of his father's. Thomas Hardy was primarily a folk fiddler. Its how he earned his living and much of what The Yetties do are arrangements from Thomas Hardy's own collection of music and song manuscripts that are still handled by his descendants.

You might have noticed that the only real hits the Yetties have had are Dribbles Of Brandy and The Mountaineers - both played on Thomas Hardy's own violin that he made his living with.

The record company that released the double album have gone bust and I now have the rights to release it in the USA. The Yetties have released it under their own label in Europe. ....................

Here is a link to the Yetties.


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Subject: RE: Help: Hardy & Bonaparte
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 11 Sep 01 - 01:28 AM

Thanks for bringing this back up, Alice, I guess I'll have to ask 'em.

~ Becky in Tuscon

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Subject: RE: Help: Hardy & Bonaparte
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 11 Sep 01 - 02:55 AM

The Yetties don't hold the monopoly on Thomas Hardy - try contacting the Dorset County Museum, High West Street. Dorchester, Dorset. That's where all and more of the original material the Yetties used is kept.


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