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Charles Lolley and The Lolley Family

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Whilst reseraching the material for “The Search For Five Finger Frank” Album and Show we have drawn extensively on contributions from one of Frank Kidson’s key collaborators: Mr Charles Lolley. He first established contact in response to a series of articles by Kidson in the Leeds Mercury 1886-87 entitled “Notes on Old Tunes”.  They began to correspond regularly on the subject of folk song and folk song collecting.

Charles and Jane Lolley

Charles and Jane Lolley

Charles Lolley 1857-1935 was born in Hemingbrough, East Yorkshire. He was a fine fiddle player and a bricklayer by trade, later becaming a Builder’s Foreman for a building company in Leeds. Like Kidson, Charles Lolley also took inspiration from his own mother’s singing and collected a number of songs from her. Indeed, the sheer quantity of material submitted by Charles Lolley strongly indicates that he too, was a folk song collector in his own right. It appears that they struck up a firm friendship and there are many fine songs and tunes from Charles Lolley contained within the Kidson collection.

We feature many songs collected from Charles Lolley in our CD and Show: “The Search For Five Finger Frank”. Many of these songs still hold a prominent place in the folk repertoire of today: “Young Banker”, “Outward Bound” and “The Sprig of Thyme” are all examples of this. However, a number of the songs contributed by Charles Lolley also offer most unusual versions of popular classics, sometimes differing substantially from what later became the more commonly established melodies. “The Bonny Bunch of Roses”, “Captain Glen” and “My True Love Once He Courted Me” are all distinctive for their haunting melodic twists and turns.

At our CD Launch event on Sunday 13th April 2014, we were very honoured to have descendants of Charles Lolley in the audience;

Jessie Hall (Lolley’s grand-daughter), Ruth Trousdale (Jessie’s daughter and Lolley’s great grand-daughter) and Edna Lolley (Lolley’s grand-daughter)

From L to R: Pete Coe, Jessie Hall, Ruth Trowsdale, Edna Lolley, Alice Jones

From L to R: Pete Coe, Jessie Hall, Ruth Trousdale, Edna Lolley, Alice Jones

It was an absolute privilage to sing the songs that Frank Kidson collected from Charles Lolley to members of his own family. We would like to say a huge thank-you to them for coming and also to genealogist Gill Baldwin for all her time and energy spent on tracing Charles Lolley’s relations and for researching Frank Kidson and the other contributors to his collection.

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The Search For Five Finger Frank CD Available Now!

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We are delighted to announce that our new CD “The Search For Five Finger Frank” is now available to purchase online!

Cover Art by John Crane

Cover Art by John Crane

We had a fabulous night at Square Chapel on Sunday to celebrate the release and we’d like to say a huge thank-you to everyone that came along to the CD Launch and made it such an enjoyable evening.

If you’d like to sample a track from the album “The Search For Five Finger Frank” take a look at our new YouTube video

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The Search for Five Finger Frank CD Launch Event

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There are only 4 days to go until the release of the new double album:

“The Search for Five Finger Frank” by Pete Coe and Alice Jones!

THE SEARCH FOR FIVE FINGER FRANK

illustration by John Crane

illustration by John Crane

CD & SHOW

There will be a full performance of the show and official CD launch held at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax, on the 13th April 2014. Tickets are still available at £13 (£11 concs).

The CD Launch event at Square Chapel will be recorded by BBC Radio Leeds.

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Brand New Website!!

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WELCOME TO OUR BRAND NEW WEBSITE:

THE SEARCH FOR FIVE FINGER FRANK

“The Search for Five Finger Frank” is a brand new, double disc album and stage show by Pete Coe and Alice Jones. It showcases ballads, broadsides and dance tunes from the collection of Frank Kidson 1855-1926, a folk song collector from Leeds.

Discover what the Show and CD are all about. Find out about Frank Kidson and his collection. Check the Live Show Dates for performances in your area.

Keep checking the website for regular blog posts:

“Notes on Old Tunes” – information about the songs from the CD and show including; info about the source singers, full lyrics, tune notation, research into origins of the song.

Watch out for the early release of a couple of tracks from the album on our YouTube channel and you can follow us on Twitter @Fivefingerfrank.

Don’t forget to book your tickets for “The Search for Five Finger Frank” CD Launch and show performance at Square Chapel Centre for the Arts in Halifax on the 13th April 2014.

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