Ralph Vaughan Williams collected 'Bushes and Briars' from Charles Pottipher at Ingrave on 4 December 1903 and Essex was sometimes seen as his 'territory' by other collectors. Sharp only ventured into Essex in Sept 1912, when he visited the workhouse at Great Dunmow to interview 4 singers (all men). Their average age was 70.5 yrs; 2 were agricultural labourers, 1 a general labourer and 1 a basketmaker.

For current folk contacts, (East Anglian Traditional Music Trust).

Books by Author David Sutcliffe

Cecil Sharp and the Quest for Folk Song and Dance

A new biography of Cecil Sharp, written by David Sutcliffe

£25.00 + p&p

The Keys of Heaven - The Life of Revd Charles Marson

This is the first biography of the Revd Charles Marson.

£6.00 + p&p