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The Barford Angel

'Norfolk dulcimer and dialect’


Billy Bennington

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Billy Bennington was given the name ‘The Barford Angel’ because he used to carry his dulcimer on his back while cycling and the shape of the dulcimer made him look as though he had angel's wings! In Britain the dulcimer has, over the years been popular as both a classical instrument and as an instrument for busking. As a folk instrument it was popular in East Anglia and was particularly widespread among village musicians in Norfolk. In fact between the wars it was noted that there were 25 players of the ‘dulcimore' (as it was known locally) within ten miles of one small parish near Norwich. The last of these great Norfolk players was Billy Bennington.



1. Rose Cottage (2.25)
2. On the Green (2.50)
3. Dulcie Bell 1 (4.51)
4. The Chicken Reel (1.54)
5. Schottische (3.09)
6. On Parade (2.56)
7. The Bells of St. Mary’s (2.16)
8. The Flowers of Edinburgh (2.17)
9. Schottische /Step Dance (1.53)
10. When Johnny Comes to Town (3.13)
11. Slow Stepdance (2.23)
12. Obidiah (1.14)
13. Lovely Lucerne (3.29)
14. Redwing (2.02)
15 Yarmouth Hornpipe /Sheringham Breakdown (2.40)
16. The Pony Trot Polka (2.27)
17. Dulcie Bell 2 (5.02)
18. Going to the Derby (1.14)
19. Herbert Sadd’s Schottische (2.25)
20. Gay Ladies Polka (2.12)
21. The Gunner’s March (3.21)
22. I Like to Say Good Morning (3.08)
23. The Sailor’s Hornpipe (1.11)
24. My Beloved Cornelia (2.29)


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