Gardiner, George Barnet


Gardiner, George Barnet
(1852-1910)
   A Scot who made an important contribution to the study of English folk-song by his enthusiastic collecting activities in the early 20th century. From 1904 to 1909, he spent a great deal of time in the field, particularly in Hampshire (at the suggestion of Lucy *Broadwood) but also in Cornwall, Somerset, and Wiltshire. Gardiner concentrated on the texts and enlisted the help of trained musicians, such as H. Balfour *Gardiner (no relation), H. E. D. *Hammond, Charles Gamblin, and C. F. Guyer. His manuscripts, containing 1,460 songs (1,165 with tunes) are lodged in the *Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. A selection of his songs appeared in the *JFSS 3 (1909), 249-304, in his Folk Songs from Hampshire (1909); and in James Reeves, The Everlasting Circle (1960).
   ■ Frank Purslow, FMJ 1:3 (1967), 129-57; Stephen Lloyd, H. Balfour Gardiner (1984), 34-52.

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