The life and songs of Norfolk folk singer Sam Larner will be celebrated in North Walsham and Cromer this May as part of the North Norfolk Stories Festival.
Sam Larner was born in 1878 in Winterton-on-Sea. Singers in the Winterton fishing community and Sam’s life as a herring fisherman brought him into contact with the rich Norfolk folksong tradition including songs of seafaring and fishing.
Sam was recorded in 1958-60 by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger and his life story was told in their award-winning Radio Ballad 'Singing the Fishing', first broadcast by the BBC in August 1960.
'Sam Larner: Man of Song, Man of the Sea' is presented by local folk music enthusiast Brian Gaudet. It explores Sam Larner the man, the fisherman and folk singer. It examines Larner's contribution to the Norfolk folk tradition, and how this reflects upon the social history of the times.
The talk is accompanied by live music, song and traditional East Anglian step dancing.
'Sam Larner: Man of Song, Man of the Sea' takes place at Cromer Library on Saturday 16 May, from 2-4pm.
This event will also be staged at North Walsham Library a few days earlier, on Wednesday 13 May, from 2-4pm.
This is a family-friendly event, and all are welcome to attend. Entry is free, but booking is advisable, as numbers are limited.
For the North Walsham event, book with North Walsham Library by email email@example.com or telephone 01692 402482.
For the Cromer event, book with Cromer Library by email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 01263 512850.
This event is part of the new North Norfolk Stories Festival, a programme of 18 free events over three days at museums, parks, libraries and other cultural venues and heritage sites across 10 North Norfolk towns. The Festival will give local people and visitors the chance to explore and enjoy the area’s fascinating history with a series of live performances, hands-on craft events, exhibitions, talks and walks from Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 May.
The Festival is being delivered by 21 partner organisations and run by Museums Norfolk, an organisation that supports and works on behalf of heritage organisations across the county, and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).