These sound recordings are of various, mostly elderly, people who talk about their lives and sing songs. There are also some recordings of broadcast material (for example the Radio Ballads) which included new and traditional songs, and of new 'contemporary' folk songs sung by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger and various members of the Critics Group.
The people interviewed include:
Amos Becket of Buckinghamshire
Mrs Bennel Buckinghamshire
Emily Bishop of Herefordshire
Mrs Bushby from Birmingham and Somerset
Cecilia Costello of Birmingham [N.B. All these recordings with Mrs Costello are CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC]
Harry Cox of Norfolk
George Dunn of Cradley Heath
Bert Edwards from Shropshire
Joe Heaney of Connemara
Caroline Hughes, traveller
Fred Jordan from Shropshire
Phil Tanner of Glamorgan
Lily Welch from Burton on Trent
The recordings of Joe Heaney were done by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger (MS 4000/5/3/5/5/26-28) and there is a recording from MacColl's collection of English traditional singers (MS 4000/5/3/5/5/29).
Other recordings of Mrs Costello can be found at MS 4000/5/1/6.
Other recordings of Harry Cox can be found at MS 4000/5/1/1.
Other recordings of George Dunn can be found at MS 4000/5/1/9.
Other recordings of Joe Heaney can be found at MS 4000/5/1/5.
Other recordings of Sam Larner can be found at MS 4000/5/1/1.
Other recordings of the Critics Group can be found at MS 4000/5/4/2.