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Six jolly miners

Wroe, Louis (speaker, male / singer, male)


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  • Title:
    Six jolly miners
  • Contributor: Wroe, Louis (speaker, male / singer, male); Kennedy, Peter, (speaker, male); Kennedy, Peter, (sound recordist)
  • Subjects: England; Folk songs
  • Language: English
  • Place Name: Bromley Carr, Wortley, near Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, UK
  • Notes:
    Recording date: 1959-08-20
    Collection title: Peter Kennedy Collection
    Duration: 2 min. 41 sec.
    Performance notes: Louis Wroe performs 'Six jolly miners'; he recites the song's words first, then sings it, unaccompanied. Preceded by talk about how his friends would perform it as children, dressed as miners, with blackened faces, carrying picks and shovels, going from door to door and in public houses to 'gather coppers' at Christmas time. Explains the term 'motty'; an iron, numbered tag used to identify each miner's workload in order to allocate payment.
    Performance notes: Wroe's name is spelled incorrectly as 'Rowe' in Peter Kennedy's report to the BBC. See

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