Bill Sarjeant and the Prairie Higglers
- O.K., Joan.
The group's name was/is the "Prairie Higglers," and the album was _From Door
to Door_. A note explains that "a higgler was a man who travelled from door
to door in England, making small deals singing songs and telling tales to
try to scratch a living. He was of a lower grade than the pedlars with their
packs, but coupled with them in notices on doors that said: 'No pedlars, no
This particular group dates back to the formation of the "Traditional Folk
Trio" in 1975, which had grown larger than a trio by the time they renamed
themselves The Prairie Higglers, five years later.
the album consists of twenty tracks, and checking the notes, "B. Sarjeant"
doesn't even perform on all tracks, but he plays the drum, harmonica or
spoons on many, and sings lead vocal on "The Brockie Lads" "Cursed be the
Caller" and "The Old Durham Waltz" (all by Jez Lowe), "I Wish Pay Friday
Would Come" (traditional), "Rise Up Jock" (Bob Pegg), and the familiar
traditional "Lyke Wake Dirge." Since a numvber of the tracks are
instrumentals, he may actually sing more leads than any other member of the
Contact for the CD is :
11 Weir Crescent
Saskatoon, SK S7H 3A8
Or at least that was the contact when the CD was released as "PH001"
I'm not going to undertake obtaining copies to sell at Mythcon, but if I
remember, I'll try to bring it along in case anyone wants to try to hear
some of it there, or if someone has a player, maybe we can play a Bill song
or two at a Bardic Circle.
-- David Lenander
293 Selby Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102-1811
- Thank you, David. I'll arrange to have a CD player at the bardic.
In fact, if people agree, I'd like to dedicate one of the bardic
circles to Bill.
--- In mythsoc@y..., David Lenander <d-lena@u...> wrote:
> I'm not going to undertake obtaining copies to sell at Mythcon, but
> remember, I'll try to bring it along in case anyone wants to try to
> some of it there, or if someone has a player, maybe we can play a
> or two at a Bardic Circle.
> -- David Lenander
> 293 Selby Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102-1811
> d-lena@u... 651-292-8887