Mudcat Café message #1653533 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #5830   Message #1653533
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
22-Jan-06 - 01:00 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Roger the Miller and the Grey Mare
Subject: RE: Roger the Miller (The Grey Mare)
An interesting question, with no obvious answer. The recording was made for the BBC on 20 May 1949 (BBC recording 13387) and has been issued three times by EFDSS over the years, most recently on A Century of Song (EFDSSCD02, 1998); it also appears on The Gower Nightingale (Veteran VT145CD), which reckons to include all extant recordings. The 1949 recording is the only one Peter Kennedy mentions. It doesn't really sound edited; I suppose Mr Tanner might have been asked to shorten it by whoever recorded him for the BBC. Kennedy also includes a transcription of the tune for the lines missing from the recording, though; so where did that material come from?

"Dr Price" has done work on Phil Gower, and perhaps he may be able to throw some light on the puzzle.