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Joan Sharp playing Pipe and Tabor

Joan Sharp was Cecil Sharp's daughter. The pipe and tabor recording was made sometime in the 1950's and was copied from the '78 record by the late Harry Ross. Joan played with the Benacre Band who were active in England in the 1950s and consisted of Kathleen Bliss, Elsie Whiteman, Joan Sharp and Isobel Bedlington. Joan Sharp was the first librarian at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library in Cecil Sharp House.

John Maher obtained this recording in the form of a cassette tape from the late Harry Ross, and John was not sure of the provenance.  To hear the recordings, click on the play button.

The Taborers Society promotes the ancient instrument of England, the Pipe and Tabor: its history, archeology, repertoire, manufacture, playing and research.