Master Kilby

On the 6th January 1909 Harry Richards sang this beautiful song to Cecil Sharp at Curry Rivel, a village in Somerset. If ever there was a song ‘saved’ from obscurity it is this one, for it was never collected from anyone else nor appeared in print until 1922 when it was included in Novello’s School Songs (the ‘official’ publication of songs favoured by the Board of Education) minus the last verse.

Cecil Sharp rode his bicycle around the West Country collecting songs and I ride around on mine singing them.

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