Over the last two years the VWML has organised two highly successful series of library lectures given by leading researchers in the field, with topics ranging from Night Visiting Songs to Hammer Dulcimer Players in East Anglia. We are therefore pleased to announce a series of Vaughan Williams Memorial Library Lectures to be given at Chetham’s Library, in Manchester.
Dan Leno was the most famous music hall and pantomime performer of the nineteenth century but throughout his career he continued to view himself as a champion clog dancer, specialising in the heel and toe Lancashire tradition.
When the Charles Haskell sank the Andrew Jackson in 1866, it produced a local narrative of a ‘ghost ship’ that was adapted into a song still in the oral tradition.
This lecture will examine the life and music of one of the great musical losses of the First World War, George Butterworth. This lecture will include audio clips of Butterworth’s music and of the folk song melodies that inspired him, as well as an assessment of his involvement in the early folk dance revival.
Sabine Baring-Gould was the first of the large-scale folk song collectors of the Victorian revival. This talk will look at the way he went about making his collection and the people involved.