From the Foreword by Roger Digby:
It is an established fact that the chance meeting of William Kimber and Cecil Sharp on the last Boxing Day of the 19th Century was the origin of the movement which developed the awareness of, and response to, the folk music of England in the century that followed. William Kimber found himself in concert halls and lecture rooms receiving a celebrity that extended to a meeting with King Edward VII. It is a mark of the strength of his personality that he appears to have been quite comfortable in this role. It is a mark of his musicianship that it withstood the detailed scrutiny that this exposure brought him.
Now, at the beginning of the 21st century, Dan Worrall has produced this collection of transcriptions which presents in conventional musical notation the exact notes that William Kimber played. It is the first time that the music of a traditional musician has undergone such a detailed analysis.
This is an important study of an important figure in traditional music....congratulations all round.
- Andy Turner, Musical Traditions (UK) Feb. 10, 2006
Congratulations to Dan Worrall on this labour of love, and to the EFDSS for publishing a worthy companion to "Absolutely Classic: the Music of William Kimber," the CD of Kimber's music which the Society issued in 1999.
- Martin Niall, Folk London, February 2006
Worrall has made Kimber's historic playing available to all in black and white...It is a pleasure to read, and the music is a pleasure to play.
- Jody Kruskal, Papers of the International Concertina Association, 2006
I like the idea of Worrall transcribing Kimber on a farm in Texas, while somewhere in rural England someone is trying to sort out just how Blind Lemon Jefferson gets those effects! Musical styles no longer belong to people in geographical localities - they belong to communities of practicioners that sometimes span the world.
- Vic Gammon, English Dance and Song, Spring 2006
The Anglo Concertina Music of William Kimber