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#1 Don Taylor

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Posted 21 March 2017 - 11:37 AM

This is a bit weird, but really charming.

 

There is a Youtube channel that purportedly  tells the story of a musicologist in Cornwall, UK in the '30s:

 

"A musicologist shares field recordings from the campfires and hobo jungles of depression era Cornwall.

The purpose of this page is to share and discuss recordings I made in the late 1930s and early 1940s at a large hobo camp between Liskeard and Lostwithiel known as Two Waters Foot . Depression era Cornwall boasted a thriving musical scene particularly amongst those who took to the travelling life either through circumstances or through desire for adventure, and as a young student I took it upon myself to record as much as I could of this music before it was lost. While the musicianship is often not of the highest quality, I believe that these recordings are a fitting reminder of an overlooked and under represented cultural movement.
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Erm...

 

Anyway, there are several videos in the collection, charming period photographs and concertina music in the background.  It is a sort of Sid Kipper goes to Cornwall to collect hobo concertina playing:

 

I like them all, but this one is a good starter:

https://www.youtube....h?v=OTOxaf2Qgrc

 

The complete channel is here:

https://www.youtube....HpoZZXrH1Wu5ICw

 

There is even a 200 page book about the Cornish Hobos:

https://www.amazon.c...90112521&sr=1-1

 

Ok, so own up now, which one of you is Jack Chantegril? I have my suspicions...

 

I salute you!  Well done.

 

 



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Posted 22 March 2017 - 03:34 PM

The tune Shafted:Concertina is used by Manchester band James for their 1993 hit single "laid"


Edited by nicx66, 22 March 2017 - 03:37 PM.


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Posted 23 March 2017 - 11:47 AM

All other considerations aside, the sentence

"I of course replied that under no circumstances could I be a party to such a tryst, and she set about my recording equipment with a burning log."

is one I very much wish I'd written.

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 05:11 AM

Nice music.  But if the purpose of language is to communicate, what is the point of white subtitles against a white background?



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 08:39 AM

Nice music.  But if the purpose of language is to communicate, what is the point of white subtitles against a white background?

Subtitle technology was quite primitive in the 1930s.

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Posted 24 March 2017 - 09:03 AM

ooh ill have to look at this later. i live just outside liskeard and worked at trago mills in Twowatersfoot. I havnt seen any musical hobo's :-)



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 09:49 AM

Awww I was hoping this was real but i think its a charming spoof. Im curious as to by whom though. Must be someone with local knoledge as all the place names are accurate. Well done who ever you are



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Posted 24 March 2017 - 10:25 AM

Nice music.  But if the purpose of language is to communicate, what is the point of white subtitles against a white background?


The text now appears separately and not as subtitles.

Maybe our ethnomusicologist is a member here and heard your complaint?

 

Edited later:

 

I am wrong, the subtitles are still there when viewed on a desktop Windows box, but not when viewed in the Youtube app on an Android tablet. The subtitles can be controlled by turning 'Annotations' on/off in Windows Youtube, but Youtube Android and iOS do not support annotations at all.

 

In either case, the full text of the annotations (well worth reading) is below the fold. 


Edited by Don Taylor, 24 March 2017 - 01:54 PM.


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Posted 24 March 2017 - 11:06 AM

Awww I was hoping this was real but i think its a charming spoof. Im curious as to by whom though. Must be someone with local knoledge as all the place names are accurate. Well done who ever you are

 

I thought the same thing as I recognized another tune by The Specials, "Rudy" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdSgXTT09EY&t=64s. 






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