Halsway Manor Library contains a unique collection of material on music and dance in general and folk music and folklore in particular. It is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the folk arts of the United Kingdom and especially folk arts from the South West of England. It contains over 10,000 items including the music and book collection of folk song collector Peter Kennedy, the archives of Somerset folklorist Ruth Tongue and the mid-19th century William Winter manuscript of songs and tunes from the Quantocks.
Anyone is most welcome to use the library. A library catalogue is available and will soon be searchable online. Contact the librarian to make an enquiry or arrange a visit.
Phone: 01984 618274
Tune of the Month
January 2018: Belshazzar’s Feast – Lonesome Scenes of Winter (WildGoose Records, 2009)
New Books for Sale
William Winter’s Quantocks Tune Book + CD ed. Geoff Woolfe £18
Country dance and popular tunes from the manuscript of Somerset fiddler and shoemaker, c.1850.
Teaching Children Country Dancing + CD by Pete Hendy £16
Designed to help people who would like to introduce country dancing to children of all ages but aren’t sure where to start. Descriptions of 25 dances and an accompanying CD of music by The Downfielders.
In Xanadu…A Companion to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s Kubla Khan by Justin Shepherd £5
This richly illustrated introduction to ‘Kubla Khan’ is published by the Friends of Coleridge to mark the bicentenary of the publication in 1816 of a work which has since become one of the great myths of English literature.