Dusso Winter - Talks About the Idiom of the People of Southwold


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For years ‘folk’ collectors have come to Suffolk to ‘collect’ Suffolk ‘folk’ songs.  Predators John calls them for they were only interested in one thing and taking it away for another purpose.  ‘Collecting what for who’? we ask for ‘folk’ as John confirms is not a word that is in the vocabulary of the indigenous Suffolk people who inherited these songs orally (from word of mouth and not from books or records – see Walter Ong: Orality & Literacy).  ‘Folk’ is an urban literate concoction and an external perception of a rural oral tradition so it is not surprising that almost all of these ‘collectors’ from outside down to Cecil Sharp and Vaughan Williams failed to understand the idiom of the people from whom they were taking songs for their literate reasons.  The staged ‘folk’ performance has done much damage to our understanding of tradition said Albert Lord.

Here, Dusso sings songs that he inherited orally from the people around him and tells of their ways, their habits, their speech and most important the mindset that lies behind the less lettered tongue.  In so doing he brings the songs to life for John is Southwold through and through and like his Father and Grandfather a Southwold fishermen.  Dusso sings a fragment of the song ‘I’m Off to Baltimore’, a song about ‘the Wreck of The Idun’ on Southwold shore, ‘The Captain told the mate’, Busky Haul Boys’ and ends with another of his own composition about the trials of living in a conservation area.

The indigenous Suffolk man is by his nature reserved, but in Southwold that seems to manifest into a wry gross understatement.  Here you will hear how fishermen, no doubt plagued by holiday maters, would cut across the intruder and verbally duel with one another with ‘what the lady say’? and then come out with a witticism to fit.

Time:  55 minutes approx.  Produced:  August 2006

Product Code: NLDVD36




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