England 1951–1958

1951 to 1958
United Kingdom
"The vigor and charm of these living English folk songs may surprise most listeners, perhaps most of all the British" wrote Alan Lomax of this collection in 1955. Many of these recordings were made with Peter Kennedy and/or the cooperation of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and the Recorded Programs Library of the British Broadcasting Corporation. The earliest publication of the collection in Columbia Records' World Library of Folk and Primitive Music included recordings made by Maurice Brown, Douglas Cleverdon, Brian George, Jack Dillon, E.J. Moeran, Geoffrey Bridson, and Olive Shapeley. The collection comprises ballads, sea chanteys, children's songs, mummers' plays and Christmas rituals; instrumentals for concertina, band, and Northumbrian smallpipes; and revival singers like Ewan MacColl and A.L. "Bert" Lloyd.

While making recordings, Alan Lomax took a small selection of photos of Harry Cox, the singers of the Blaxhall Ship Inn, and the traveling ventriloquist Eddie Sanger.