At Home With Healey

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199D01The Song And Supper Rooms1999122620000108

Tim Healey and fellow musicians from the Mellstock Band recreate the songs of the early Victorians and the stories behind them.

1: `The Song and Supper Rooms'.

The precursors of the music halls, where men gathered after hours to eat devilled kidneys, drink brandy and sing.

200A01Odd Vibrations2000011620000129
200A02Odd Vibrations2000010920000122

The last of three programmes in which Tim Healey and fellow musicians recreate the songs of the early Victorians and the stories behind them.

`Odd Vibrations'.

Music is simple - whatever yields a note, from the seven-foot sonorous serpent to parsnip and watering can.

200A02Songs Of Murder And Mayhem2000010220000115

Tim Healey and fellow musicians from the Mellstock Band re-create the songs of the early Victorians and the stories behind them.

2: `Songs of Murder and Mayhem'.

When public hangings were commonplace, the felon's misdeeds and ultimate demise were turned into songs and sold by the balladeers to the huge crowds that gathered at the foot of the gallows.

200A02Songs Of Murder And Mayhem2000010920000122
201B01In Praise Of The English Barn Dance2001040120010414

Tim Healey tells the story and hears the music of the British barn dance, with the aid of caller Gordon Potts, of the Committee Band, and Caroline Butler, caller and fiddler with the Geckoes.

201B01The Town Waits2001040120010414

Tim Healey explores the history and sound of the town waits, the municipal bands that started out as watchmen at the gates, playing shawms, sackbuts and lutes to signal the hours.

They also entertained distinguished visitors and became the official town bands, with their own liveries.

201B02John Clare - Country Fiddler2001040820010421
201B02The Town Waits2001032520010407
201B03John Clare - Country Fiddler2001041520010428
201B04Two Little Political Songsters2001042220010428

Tim Healey's parents, Lord and Lady Healey, recall and sing the songs of their youth - songs from the war years - and reflect on the changing nature of political songs and communal singing during their lifetime.