FARNE - Folk Archive Resource North East
FARNE Archive Search Browse the Archive Search Tips
 

FARNE Archive Search :: Results

 

Search Results - Item Details


 

 
Click here to show larger image(s)

Title : Blind Willie's jubliee

Format : chapbook ; song

Composer : Marshall, Thomas (d.1866)

Production details : publisher : Wm. Fordyce
Dean Street ; Newcastle upon Tyne

Date : 1829

Click to show larger image(s)

Collection name : Collection of original local songs by Thomas Marshall

 

Song in celebration of the 50th birthday of 'Blind Willie', and the ensuing party, allegedly attended by other 'eccentric characters' of Newcastle. 'Blind Willy' was in fact one William Purvis, an inhabitant of the poor-house at All Saints in Newcastle. Living in abject poverty Willie earned a small wage playing his fiddle and performing rhymes and songs. He is remembered in a number of Tyneside songs and died on 20th July, 1832.

The song forms part of a 24 page song book, published in 1829, that appears to be the only known work of Thomas Marshall. Marshall was born in Newcastle and served his apprenticeship as a brush-maker in Pilgrim Street. At the age of 21 this collection of his songs was published by William Fordyce of Dean Street, two of the songs, 'Euphy's coronation' and 'Blind Willie' going on to enjoy relative popularity for a number of years following. It is not clear if Marshall ceased composing after this, or simply if none of his other work has survived - certainly Thomas Allan in his 1891 edition of 'Allan's Tyneside songs' noted that 'if he wrote anything after this it is untraced, as nothing appears to have found its way into local collections'. Thomas Marshall died on 29th December, 1866 at his house in Shieldfield, Tyneside.

 

Collection description : Early nineteenth century songbook

Melody used : Bold dragoon

First line : The motley group aw happy met

Subject heading : festivities

Keywords : celebrations & characters & birthdays

Period : 1801-1840

Subject : Purvis, Billy (b.1752 d.1832)

 

Height : 16 cm

Width : 9 cm

Held by : Gateshead Council

Copyright : Item reproduced by kind permission of Gateshead Council

 

t :: 0191 433 8430

f :: 0191 433 8424

e :: libraries@gateshead.gov.uk

Back Return to top
 

© Gateshead Council 2003

FARNE Folk Archive Resource North East