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Before the night was out ... Polkas, Hornpipes, Jigs, Schottisches & Waltzes Transcribed from Traditional Players in Norfolk & Suffolk.

Stowmarket: East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, 2007. 104 pp. Illus. Music. ISBN 0-9545943-1-2. [pounds sterling]17.95 + p&p.

EATMT, The Old Stables, Museum of East Anglian Life, Crowe Street, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 1DL. <http//:www.eatmt.org.uk>

This volume, edited and (one suspects) largely written by Katie Howson, happily proves to be far more than its title would suggest. In addition to notations of sixty-four tunes, plus thirty variants, it features a wealth of archival photographs depicting many of the musicians whose repertoires have been accessed, a brief but important section on the social context of music-making in the region, and another on the origins and transmission of tunes featured. Of greatest interest to this reviewer were the potted biographies of the performers themselves. All tunes given in the book are available on either CD or cassette, and one might decide, as suggested in the text, that this would be the preferable route to learning. But for those to whom the dots have an especial value this could scarcely be more useful. The Howsons have achieved so much in preserving and perpetuating the music of East Anglia and their praises tend not to be sung often and loudly enough. A splendid effort this, beautifully laid out and printed on high-quality paper, and demanding a place on the bookshelf of anyone with even a remote interest in either the music of this region or in the development (and inevitable decline) of traditional music during the twentieth century in general.

KEITH CHANDLER

South Leigh
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Title Annotation:Stowmarket: East Anglian Traditional Music Trust, 2007
Author:Chandler, Keith
Publication:Folk Music Journal
Article Type:Book review
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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