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Thread #2173   Message #2600412
Posted By: r.padgett
30-Mar-09 - 10:38 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Poverty Knock
Subject: RE: Origins: Poverty Knock
Many years ago I went to a folk event in Pudsey, Leeds and spoke to a Mrs Fawthrope who was quiet elderly

She maintained that she and Tom Daniel "remembered the verses" that the Poverty Knocker ladies sang and had made up

I have no doubt that some embelishments were made by Tom Daniel in his performing of the song over time

I am informed by Wendy price that he was about 5 feet tall and rarely bought his own beer as he couldn't get to the bar

he was reputed to have spilled out a packet of condoms from his ukelle case in Dewsbury town hall late 1960s!!

So Poverty Poverty Knocks, tap! tap! was mandatory

My thanks to Mick Haywood for singing this one New Year for Yorkshire Garland