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Collecting and Research



Folk Music activities over nearly 50 years

Song: Has been a member of several folk groups, namely The Pint Pots (1963-65), Talisman (1981-1984), Cottage Industry (1981-1989), Puzzlejug (from 1989), Pitchpole Jack (from 2008).

Music: Gwilym plays several instruments, especially the melodeon and the banjo (mainly Old Timey style).  He has played in the barn dance band "Monkey Puzzle" (1971-72).  Founded and played in "Green Willow" (1973-1981), Played for barn dances with Puzzlejug and Pitchpole Jack. He also plays pipe and tabor for the Gloucestershire Morris Men and for Waytes and Measures

Dance:Founder member of the Cardiff Morris Men (1970), member of Winchester Morris Men (1970-72), member of Gloucestershire Morris Men (from 1972 - Squire twice, Bagman once), Founded and danced for The Amazing Headbangers Morris Men (Cyprus) (1981-84 - Foreman and Fool), ran the Spring Bottom Morris Men (1985-86), Joined Happenstance Border Morris (from 2010).

Mummers:Revived the Odiham Mummers Play (1971) and performed in it for several years thereafter.

Research:From 1968 on has recorded source singers, mainly in Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Devon and the USA, on audio and video.  Has built up a large collection of field recordings, most of which are now in the British Library Sound Archive.  In particular has recorded many gypsy singers including Wiggy Smith and the Brazil family.  Has also recorded important source singers including Charlie Hill (Devon), Ray Driscoll (London and Shropshire) and Colleen Cleveland (USA).  Several of the songs he has collected have been taken up by professional folk singers, including John Kirkpatrick, Faustus, Judy Cook (USA), Tim Laycock, and Nowell Sing We Clear (USA).

Has contributed many articles to Folk Magazines, including English Dance and Song, the Folk Music Journal, Folkwrite, Musical Traditions (online) and has several publications to his name, viz "Let us be Merry" (Gloucestershire Christmas carols, jointly with Roy Palmer), "A Hampshire Collection" and "Grainger in Gloucestershire".

Gwilym and his wife Carol have given many talks and presentations for Folk Festivals and local societies.

Other:Was founder member of the Pipe and Tabor society and has contributed many presentations, including the results of a research trip to Portugal.

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