This talk offers participants the opportunity to understand the motives behind Edwardian folk song collecting and Percy Grainger’s visits.
It discusses the methods used by Grainger in the county, as well as the opportunity to reflect on how genuine a collection, presentation and representation of North Lincolnshire folk it was. Principally, it will offer participants the opportunity to get to know some of the people who sang for Grainger, the people who helped Grainger, put our county on the map and who provided a connection between us and North Lincolnshire over a century ago.
Helen Earl is a teacher in North Lincolnshire. She has a BA Hons in History and a Masters in Music. For her dissertation she wanted to research something which would add to her knowledge and understanding of the county that she had been born and bred in. She has always had a keen interest in local history and wanted to combine this with her musical pursuits. As a result, she spent the summer and autumn of 2017 investigating Percy Grainger’s song collecting visits to North Lincolnshire.
The result was a fascinating insight into the people and places of North Lincolnshire at the turn of the 20th century. Mainly using census returns and cross referenced with Grainger’s notes, she uncovered far more information on individual singers. Since its completion, she has continued to find more, uncovering local characters who facilitated and helped Grainger with his collecting as well as those who sang for him.