:: Title :: Interview with scratch band about Christmas walking songs and other festival performances
:: Genre :: interview, spoken
:: Performers & Instruments ::
Abrahams, Roger [vocal]
Archibald, Ernest [vocal]
Freeman, David [vocal]
Hobson, Daniel [vocal]
Marchand, Antoinette [vocal]
Morton, Alfredo [vocal]
:: Group Name :: Red Ants, Scratch band
:: Setting :: Unspecified
:: Location :: Gingerland (Saint George Gingerland), Nevis (St. Kitts and Nevis)
:: Language :: Saint Kitts Creole English
:: Culture :: Caribbean, Nevis, Afro-Caribbean
:: Session :: Gingerland II 7/62
:: Date :: 7/11/1962
:: Reference Information :: T1157.0, Track 7 (00:03:21)
:: Original Format :: Reel to Reel
:: Session Notes ::
1 - This session features three different ensembles. It begins with a fife and drum group performing instrumental tunes, followed by a scratch band performing instrumental tunes interspersed with speeches and banter, and concludes with a calypso group. Roger Abrahams and Antoinette Marchand are the interviewers on this session. Some of the recordings (as well as speech transcriptions) can be found on Caribbean Voyage: Nevis and St. Kitts (Rounder 1731). [Source: Recordings and Field Log]
:: Recording Notes ::
0 - Brown Girl in the Ring excerpt: "...Christmas Day you visit your grandmother. No work. You had Maypole too. The Maypole was organized by the few Spanish people in our midst, Granadien Spanish. There was a chorus and an orchestra od drummers, guitar players, and fiddlers. Le Roi Victor would compose his own songs, about village experiences and "comesse" (scandels), and there would be lots of eating and rum drinking in the fashion of the old Grenadine "cheerup"?" [Source: J.D. Elder]
:: Collection :: Caribbean 1962



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