1. Use of the Anglo in morris and 'folk-ritual' dances (mummers, etc.), prior to the time of Sharp's first English folk revival. As you can imagine, I can find many more references to urban life than to country life, so things like morris and mummers and the like go rather unreported. Keith Chandler, in his excellent book on the morris, thought that Anglo playing for morris was quite rare, but I've been finding a fair number of references (including the three photos Howard Mitchell kindly posted on this forum a few years back). Attached below is a list of what I have been able to find. Does anyone have anything that could be added? The more the list grows, the more it seems as if the Anglo might have been used more in the morris than some people think, during the Anglo's peak years at the end of the 19th century....but I'd need to see some more references to be able to state that with any confidence.
Groups with Anglo players for Morris or other Ritual Dance, pre-Sharp revival
William Kimber Jr., 1872-1961, Headington Quarry morris side, Oxfordshire
William Kimber Sr. (1849-1931, Headington Quarry morris side, Oxfordshire
Wheatley morris side, Oxfordshire, 1870s
Winchcombe morris side, Gloucestershire, 1880s
Shrewsbury, Shropshire morris side, 1878-79
Glossop, Derbyshire morris side, 1927 photo recreating earlier activity
Mossley, Lancashire morris side, 1903 photo
Oldham, Lancashire morris side, ca. 1909 photo
Sherborne, Gloucestershire mummers group had concertina, along with Thomas Pitts (b. 1855) on pipe and tabor
Bradford, blackfaced mummer Bletherhead Bands, 1896
2. Remnant Anglo players in England after its popularity crashed following WWI. Even after the widespread Anglo craze in Ireland came to an abrupt end in the early 20th century, there was still a fair number of living players scattered around Ireland, and not just in Clare (see my Table 1 in that article). Six years ago, Roger Digby addressed the matter of surviving, active English players of the Anglo in the same period, and came up with only three: Tester, Kimber, and Fred Kilroy (Roger's article is at http://www.concertin...gby/anglo-file/ ). I can push it to six, just barely). I find this list too small to be credible. Certainly there were folks that must have been playing...your great-uncle Henry, perhaps? I'm interested in ANY Anglo players that can be documented during the period from 1920 to 1960 (in other words, before the concertina and folk revival happened). Do any of you know any others?
Known Anglo Players in England, active during the period 1920-1960
William Kimber Jr., 1872-1961, Headington Quarry brickmason, morris and country dance
Scan Tester (1887-1982) Sussex musician, various styles
Will Tester, Scans brother, Sussex brickmaker
Fred Kilroy, Oldham Lancashire, morris and dance tunes
Rev. Kenneth Loveless
David Jacob Blazer, London music halls in 1920s
Any help on these questions would be very gratefully received! Likewise, any other information you might wish to share on early Anglo playing in England would be very useful.
Edited by Dan Worrall, 09 May 2008 - 12:17 AM.