A Future for Ordinary Folk – Table of Contents

A Heritage Lottery funded project of the Charles Parker Archive Trust in partnership with Birmingham City Archives

The aim of this project was to digitise original sound recordings which exist on reel to reel tape, made by the radio producer Charles Parker (1919-1980), and to store the recordings on CD-ROM. This would enable their preservation and, with the addition of a catalogue of the contents, make them accessible to users. See project description for further details. There is an online catalogue of all this material on the British Library website Discovery (previously known as Access to Archives or A2A) and some links to that site are included below.

The recordings, chosen from Charles Parker’s substantial archive, were divided for cataloguing purposes into traditional performanceslecturesrevival performances, and discussion of performance.

Table of Contents (this can also be downloaded as a Word document)

MS 4000 The Charles Parker Archive: ‘A Future for Ordinary Folk’ Project
MS 4000/5 Digitised Sound Recordings  A2A link

MS 4000/5/1 Sound recordings of interviews with traditional folk performers and folk music collectors. Related performance material, folk music and folk song both local and international. A2A link

MS 4000/5/1/1 Harry Cox – 11 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/2 Harry Horton – 1 item A2A
MS 4000/5/1/3 Betsy Miller – 8 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/4 Wednesbury Folk Singers – 23 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/5 Joe Heaney – 4 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/6 Mrs Cecilia Costello [Closed to the Public]
MS 4000/5/1/7 Charlotte Brooks – 12 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/8 Charlie Burke – 4 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/9 George Dunn – 17 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/10 Captain Alfred Ernest Horton – 19 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/11 English folk music and song: general – 39 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/12 English and Scottish Song (Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger) – 11 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/13 Francis J. Child: Ballads (England and Scotland) – 8 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/14 England Series: 1-12; ‘England A’ Roving’ – 18 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/15 Scottish Folk Music – 4 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/16 Ireland Series -14 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/17 Irish Folk Music – 6 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/18 Travellers and the West Midlands Gypsy Liaison Group (WMGLG) – 12 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/19 Greece: Traditional music from Mount Pílio Peninsula, Central Greece and Samarina, Píndhos Mountains, Western Greece – 12 items A2A
MS 4000/5/1/20 World Music – 29 items A2A

MS 4000/5/2 Sound recordings of Lectures and teaching materials relating to folk music and the oral tradition. A2A link

MS 4000/5/2/1 Workers’ Music Association (WMA) Summer School 1961 at Wortley Hall, South Yorks – 5 items A2A
MS 4000/5/2/2 Workers Educational Association (WEA) Lectures, Birmingham – 21 items A2A
MS 4000/5/2/3 Keele University 1965, Popular Arts Residential Course – 5 items A2A
MS 4000/5/2/4 NATE Lectures (National Association for Teaching English) – 7 items A2A
MS 4000/5/2/5 TRACT Publication – 3 items A2A
MS 4000/5/2/6 PCL Lectures (Polytechnic of Central London) – 23 items A2A
MS 4000/5/2/7 Lectures and student work: general – 40 items A2A
MS 4000/5/2/8 Lectures and student work: miscellaneous [found with other lectures and teaching materials] – 36 items A2A

MS 4000/5/3 Folk Revival Performance material. A2A link

MS 4000/5/3/1 Alan Lomax – 15 items A2A
MS 4000/5/3/2 A. L. Lloyd – 39 items A2A
MS 4000/5/3/3 Folk Revival Singers – 12 items A2A
MS 4000/5/3/4 Of One Blood’ – 3 items A2A
MS 4000/5/3/5 Birmingham and Midland Folk Centre (BMFC) A2A
MS 4000/5/3/5/1 Concerts – 17 items A2A
MS 4000/5/3/5/2 Radio Programmes – 6 items A2A
MS 4000/5/3/5/3 Seminars and Lectures – 91 items A2A
MS 4000/5/3/5/4 Grey Cock Folk Club – 187 items A2A
MS 4000/5/3/5/5 Field Recordings and New Songs – 51 items A2A
MS 4000/5/3/5/6 BMFC Performance – 26 items A2A
MS 4000/5/3/5/7 BMFC Miscellaneous – 4 items A2A
MS 4000/5/3/6 Grey Cock Folk Club (Miscellaneous) – 20 items A2A
MS 4000/5/3/7 Parkhouse Convention – 4 items A2A
MS 4000/5/3/8 Popular folk/rock music groups – 5 items A2A

MS 4000/5/4 Discussion of folk music and performance. A2A link

MS 4000/5/4/1 Ewan MacColl: Classes and Teaching – 23 items A2A
MS 4000/5/4/2 Critics Group – 252 items A2A

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