The Carol, the Carter and the Collectors. A talk by Irene Shettle
  • Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking,
    GU21 6ND
  • Saturday 2nd November 2:00pm until 3:30pm
Irene Shettle follows the journey of the Christmas carol “Oh Little Town of Bethlehem” from its 19th century origins in Philadelphia to its publication in England.

 

Irene Shettle follows the journey of the Christmas carol "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" from its 19th century origins in Philadelphia to its publication in England nearly fifty years later with a new tune and arrangement in 1906. Her talk focuses on the life and music of Henry Garman, the Surrey farm labourer who introduced two important local folksong collectors, the Rev John Broadwood and Ralph Vaughan Williams, to the ballad which was to form the basis of the well-loved tune which is now widely sung at Christmas every year.

Irene Shettle has had a love of singing and an interest in traditional folksong from an early age. She won the title "Singer of the National" at the song competition of the National Folk Music Festival in 2000, and has been a resident singer at the Music Institute Folk Club in Guildford since it began in 2005. While she has continued with her singing pursuits, her research into the life and work of the Victorian/Edwardian folksong collector and researcher Lucy Broadwood has led to the presentation of shows or talks about Lucy and her fellow collectors on numerous occasions, as either a solo performer, or as part of a duo with much missed multi-instrumentalist Ralph Jordan, for folk festivals, clubs, arts venues and local societies.

Tickets £5.00. It is advisable to book early as places are limited.

Surrey History Centre, 130 Goldsworth Road, Woking, GU21 6ND.

Please book a place online, in person at Surrey History Centre or any Surrey library or phone 01483 518737.

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