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As a lad in the late 1940s and early 50s, I was taken to many concerts of the Ullswater Pack, in pubs auch as the White Lion Patterdale, and the Travellers rest at Glenridding. My Father used to sing this song (The Horn of the Hunter's now Silent..), and he collected the Lyrics of many of these songs in a small notebook, which I still have. I have sung the version of the song my Father knew as 'Jackson Gillbanks Song' many times subsequently. Should anyone be interested in the Lyrics collected by my Father, I would be pleased to share them. Many of the tunes I still recall, and I particularly recall the enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience participation at these concerts. After each singer, the MC for thte evening would lead everybody in a short chorus of appreciation of the singer, which went:
The Horn of the Hunter, which is also calledJohn Peel's Echo in Cumbria, is a tribute to that most well-known ofhunters, John Peel (1776-1854) of Caldbeck. We are told that the song waswritten by one Jackson Gillbanks of Whitefield and it is one of the songs thatRobert Forrester and Norman Alford collected in the early 1950's in thenorthern Lake District. Their recordings, safely preserved in the CumbriaCounty Archive, have recently been issued on the CD (Veteran VT142CD).Fred Jordan almost certainly picked the song up in the folk clubs and a copy ofthe song, in an EFDSS publication, was found in his papers following his death.