Some of the following articles about traditional singers and musicians appeared in East Anglian Traditional Music Trust newsletters as the series ‘Personal Portraits’ from 2003 to 2010 regularly, and occasionally after that date. We hope to add more in due course.
Clicking on the links in the Discography sections of each page will take you straight to a track listing.
Ian Prettyman – Lowestoft singer, musician, preacher, teacher and much valued Friend and volunteer of EATMT, with contributions from daughters Carol and Susan, Keith Skipper and Katie Howson.
Dave Cooper – Singer, musician and folk club organiser from the mid 1960s until 2020 in London, Nottingham and latterly East Anglia. With contributions from John Heather and Jane Clayton
Joan Roe – Musician and Folk Song Collector with contributions from Alan Helsdon, Bernadette Bates and Frank Pond
George Craske and Frank Ward – Norfolk melodeon players, by Sue Carlton
Oscar Woods – Suffolk melodeon player, by Roger Digby
Walter Pardon – Norfolk singer, by Peta Webb
Harkie Nesling – Suffolk fiddler, by Keith Summers
Jumbo Brightwell – Suffolk singer, by Chris Foster
Fred Whiting – Suffolk singer, fiddler and jig doll maker, by John Howson
Dolly Curtis – Suffolk melodeon player, by Katie Howson
Sam Larner – Norfolk singer, by Martin Carthy
Billy Bennington – Norfolk dulcimer player, by John Howson
Walter and Daisy Bulwer – Norfolk musicians, by Reg Hall
Percy Brown – Norfolk melodeon player, by Dave Arthur
Bob Hart – Suffolk singer, by Vic Harrup
Tony Harvey – Suffolk singer, by Katie & John Howson
Phoebe Smith – Suffolk singer, by Mike Yates
Geoff Ling – Suffolk singer, by John Howson
Bob Roberts – Suffolk singer, by Jill Bennett & Anne Roberts
Mollie Whitaker – Norfolk dulcimer player, by John & Katie Howson
Hubert Freeman – Suffolk singer, by John & Katie Howson
Cecil Pearl – Suffolk melodeon player, by John & Katie Howson
Dick Hewitt – Norfolk stepdancer, by Katie Howson & Peter Clifton
Ted Chaplin – Suffolk singer, by John & Katie Howson
Percy Ling – Suffolk singer, by Taffy Thomas
Cyril Poacher – Suffolk singer, by Keith Summers
Billy Cooper – Norfolk dulcimer player, by Chris Holderness & Reg Hall
Harry Cox – Norfolk singer, by Shirley Collins and Chris Heppa
Gordon Woods – Suffolk singer, by John Howson
Font Whatling – Suffolk melodeon player and stepdancer, by John Howson
Harry Green – Essex singer, by John Howson
Old Hat Concert Party, by Katie & John Howson
Cyril Barber by Katie & John Howson
Reg Reader by Katie & John Howson
Other articles on the website:
Village Portraits featuring Mendlesham, Blaxhall and Worlingworth.
Tracing Tunes featuring The Perfect Cure and Starry Night for a Ramble.
Behind the Songs telling the true story behind a Suffolk song: Peter the Paynter, and a song collected in King’s Lynn in Norfolk – The Captain’s Apprentice.
There is also a section about a 200 year-old book of tunes from Bury St Edmunds, which contains transcriptions of all the tunes, and an article about the tunes and songs collected by John Clare in Cambridgeshire. Two Singers from the Stour Valley is a short article about two singers from Bures, near Sudbury, from whom songs were collected in 1929.