Cumbrian peasants et al. in rural Cumbria - December, early 19th Century, at night

from An Essay on the Character, Manners, and Customs of the Peasantry of Cumberland; and Observations on the Style and Genius of the [poet Robert Anderson], pages l–li:

A “Merry-night” is, as its name imports, a night dedicated to mirth and festivity, and always takes place at some country ale-house, during the Christmas holidays.  It is generally attended by a numerous company of lads and lasses, the pride and flower of the neighbouring villages, for whose entertainment the landlord takes care to provide pies of different kinds, music, and a competent quantity of ale, whisky, gin, and rum.  …   more >>

cite as

Robert Anderson, An Essay on the Character, Manners, and Customs of the Peasantry of Cumberland; and Observations on the Style and Genius of the [poet Robert Anderson]. In The Poetical Works of Robert Anderson, volume 1 (Carlisle, 1820), p. l–li. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1658488632841 accessed: 3 February, 2023

location of experience: rural Cumbria

Listeners

Cumbrian peasants
rural workers
Thomas Sanderson
Author, Poet, private tutor, Schoolmaster
1759-18??

Listening to

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music to accompany dancing

Experience Information

Date/Time December, early 19th Century, at night
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public

Notes

Although Sanderson’s account of music-making and listening given here is not a unique experience, it is obviously based on first-hand observation of local peasant customs. His name has therefore been included as a listener.


Originally submitted by lcc5 on Fri, 22 Jul 2022 12:17:13 +0100
Approved on Thu, 18 Aug 2022 14:33:59 +0100