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Fred Lawson

Lawson, Fred, 1914-1996 (guitar / singer, male)


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  • Title:
    Fred Lawson
  • Contributor: Lawson, Fred, (guitar / singer, male); Kennedy, Peter, (sound recordist)
  • Subjects: England; Folk songs
  • Language: English
  • Place Name: Jack Armstrong’s home, Wide Open, Newcastle, Northumberland, England, UK
  • Notes:
    Recording date: 1954-06-15
    Collection title: Peter Kennedy Collection
    Recording Notes: Low level throughout.
    Recording Notes: Breaks in the recording between individual songs.
    Recording Notes: Ends abruptly.
    Duration: 25 min. 49 sec.
    Item notes: Individual items listed separately.
    Performance notes: A recording session with Fred Lawson from South Shields, County Durham, recorded at the house of Northumbrian musician Jack Armstrong.
    Performance notes: "Fred Lawson is now well-known in Northumberland and Durham as a singer of Tyneside Songs. By profession a commercial artist he runs a choir in his spare time and sings with his guitar for dinners, parties and other functions." [from Peter Kennedy's 1954 diary].
    Performance notes: Songs performed: 1. Maa bonny lad.- 2. Lambton worm (key of A).- 3. Lambton worm (2nd attempt, key of Bb).- 4. Bonny Tyneside.- 5. The neighbours doon belaa.- 6. Sh! Sh! Dance to the daddie.- 7. The folks o' Shields.- 8. The neibors doon belaa [not a new take, but a copy of number 5].- 9. Dance to the daddy [not a new take, but a copy of number 6].- 10. Newcastle race week.- 11. The Lambton worm (3rd attempt).- 12. Newcastle race week (2nd attempt).- 13. The Lambton warm (4th attempt) [ends abruptly].

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