Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
Ballad singer, b 6 October 1913, Leicester, England; d 14 December 1991. Like John Jacob Niles, he presented folk music as a formal concert attraction, helping to keep it alive during decades when it wasn't getting any popular attention. He went to the USA in 1925, was naturalized in 1935, made his concert debut in New York in 1944, and taught in the theatre arts department of the State University of New York at Stony Brook after 1970. A tenor, he sang mainly English and American folk songs, but also made his own translation of Schubert's song cycle Die schöne Müllerin and performed it as "The Lovely Milleress". In 2002 there were CD collections available on the Camsco and Smithsonian Folkways labels.