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02Dives And Lazarus20080808

Roy Palmer explores Vaughan Williams's intense love of the folksong Dives and Lazarus and the way he used it in one of his finest works, which was played at his funeral.

He uncovers a recording made by Alan Lomax of Aunt Molly Jackson singing the song in Kentucky in 1939, another made for the BBC in 1952, featuring Emily Bishop in Herefordshire, as well as a recent version by Martin Simpson.

A talented guitar player and singer, who will be performing at the Proms Folk Day, Simpson telly Roy about his approach to the song.