Welcome to this series of true stories never told before  – about people you may never even have heard of – but whose life stories reverberate across the decades and centuries.

Many of these stories start with the life of someone who played a musical instrument or sang an old folk song, and many of them lived in my home area of East Anglia, but there are other stories here as well, which I’m looking forward to sharing with you.

There’s already plenty to read here, but do come back soon to read about singing marshmen and photographers on the Norfolk Broads, a 19th century dance band in Suffolk, Italian street musicians in Norwich, a dulcimer in a travelling circus and much more. I am also a working musician myself, and some of my other musical researches are published on my other website: katiehowson.co.uk

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