Brian Dawson (folk singer)

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Brian Dawson (16 August 1939 – 22 November 2013)[1][2][3][4][5] was a British folk song collector, musician and singer.

He was a member of The Meggies (founders of The Grimsby Folk Club in the 1960s), The Redwings, The Higgeldy Piggeldy Band, The Grimsby Morris Men, The Plowgild Folk Dance Group and The Broadside (with whom he recorded a number of albums). He was an expert in Lincolnshire dialect,[6] and the Lincolnshire folk song collecting of the Australian composer Percy Grainger.[7][8] He was friends with folklorist and collector Ethel Rudkin, who inspired his interests in folk song and collecting. He helped in organising the Cleethorpes Folk Festival.[1]


During a performance at Howsham Village Hall on 9 November 2013 Dawson collapsed with a heart attack. He died on 22 November 2013, aged 74, at Scunthorpe General Hospital, Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.

Collected songs[edit]

The bulk of Dawson's folk song collection has not yet been published. There are a few references in the Roud Index:

As Collector:

As Performer:


  • Late Leaves From Lincolnshire, co-written with Patrick O'Shaghnessy, Lincolnshire And Humberside Arts (1980), ASIN: B0014AXFM0]
  • "The Herring Song", A Prospect of Lincolnshire (eds Naomi Field and Andrew White), Lincoln (1984), p. 126


  • Songs from the Stocks, The Broadside, Guildhall, GHS5 (1970)
  • A Collection of Catchpennies, The Broadside, MJB, BEVLP1242 (1970)
  • The Gipsy's Wedding Day And Other Lincolnshire Folk Songs, The Broadside, (10", Album), The Lincolnshire Association (1971)
  • Eastern Approaches, The Residents of the Grimsby Folk Song Club, Guildhall, GHS8 (1973; the Broadside featured on 3 tracks)
  • The Moon Shone Bright, The Broadside, (LP, Album) Topic Records (1973)
  • To Drive The Dark Away,The Broadside, (LP, Album) Guildhall (2), Boston Sound Hunters (1975)
  • Me 'Umble Lot, Keith Kendrick (CD, Album) Volume One Recordings (1992)


  1. ^ a b "Living Traditions: Obituary by John Connolly". Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  2. ^ "The Poppy Folk Club". The Poppy Folk Club. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  3. ^ "FifeSing2011: The Fife Traditional Singing Festival". Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  4. ^ Mudcat Café message #1296308 Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "FizGig Profile". Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  6. ^ "Far Welter'd". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  7. ^ Folklore: Percy Grainger Archived 3 December 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ "Cullerlie Traditional Singing Weekend" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 December 2013. Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Vaughan Williams Memorial Library :: Roud Folksong Index S137187 The Barley Mow". Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  10. ^ "Vaughan Williams Memorial Library :: Roud Folksong Index S164777 We're All Jolly Fellows". Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  11. ^ "Vaughan Williams Memorial Library :: Roud Folksong Index S321237 Farmer Giles". Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  12. ^ "Vaughan Williams Memorial Library :: Roud Folksong Index S150491 Johnny Poker". Retrieved 30 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Vaughan Williams Memorial Library: Roud Folksong Index S142384 The Derby Ram". Retrieved 30 December 2013.

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