Those guardians of the Suffolk Tradition, the Bumpstead Boys, can be found usually on a Saturday night entertaining small rural communities as yesteryear with step-dancing, melodeon playing but mostly wit and banter in old time songs that they have learned in the tradition all along the Stour Valley. ‘We sing nothing out of books or off gramophone records insists Neil Lanham of Helions Bumpstead, who together with Jack Tarling of Steeple Bumpstead are the instigators of this group who bring in their Suffolk friends such as Bill Dolby (centre back on photo), Andrew Stannard (on right in Bowler Hat), Stephen Bayfield (on left). Not in the photo but who usually turns out is Roy Hollowell. Beryl from Colchester was press ganged into doing a guest spot when the boys appeared at Boxted Village Hall and has been a permanent fixture ever since with her unique monologues, songs and brand of Colchester humour.
‘If these old boys had of been buildings said a wag ‘then they would have been listed’.
The Boys and Beryl give of their time entirely free for charities such as the one here, Anglian Air Ambulance or Anglia Children’s Hospice and their performances have never yet failed to sell out.
This Bumpstead Boys DVD runs for approx. 58 minutes and was recorded at Boxford Village Hall on 31st May 2002 when they entertained their American cousins from Boxford, Massachusetts and were proud to present a piece of the material of the Blue waistcoat as seen in this DVD which was woven by the last of the Suffolk Weavers, Jack Jarvis of Lavenham in the 1950’s. Weaving came in when the fig leaf went out and the Boys are delighted that the last of another of our old Suffolk Traditions is being cherished in the Americas.
Product Code: NLDVD