Coll. by Max Hunter Herbert Philbrick
Dubbed by M.C. Parler Crocker, Mo.
October 28, 1959
Interview with Herbert Philbrick, from whom Max learned The Dewy Dens Reel 347, Item 4 of Yarrow.
"About two years ago, in the summer, I and Clarence Carroll, which at that time was a customer of mine — the Carroll Refrigeration Company here — found Mr. Philbrick. And we spent the afternoon, the three of us, jawing around and singing, kind of having a little fun. At that time Mr. Philbrick sang some songs for me in a small tavern here in Croker. So I'm back up in Croker today, and going to interview Mr. Philbrick as to some of the old days and the instruments he used to play, and the play parties and dances that they used to have." MH
MH: How long you lived here in Croker?
HP: Well, off and on, I imagine I've lived here 'bout sixty- five years
MH: How old are you, Mr. Philbrick?
HP: I'll be seventy-three years old the twelfth of November. I
was born in Ottawa, Kansas, in 1886. Went from Ottawa, Kansas with my folks to Lincoln, Illinois, and I stayed there in Lincoln until I was eleven years old. And then I come back out here to
Croker, and been here off and on ever since.
MH: Mr. Philbrick, a couple of years, when I was up here, you sang four or five songs for us, and you also took my guitar.
Two or three of the pieces that I can remember — one was The Dens of Yarrow, one was a little Spanish song, which you either untuned or retuned my guitar, and two or three others you remembered.
HP: Oh, I was a tenor, boy! The Spanish tune you was a-talkin' about, that was the Spanish Fandango. I never knew no words to that... I've about forgotten — it would take me so long to remembr em up — I sung some — Western Water Tank -- How Can a Boy Be Forgetful of Mother — and the Tender Recollection. I used to know them pretty well, and sing quite a few of them.
MH: Where did you learn most of your songs, Mr. Philbrick?
HP: Aw, just around through the country. When some old-timer I'd get around, I always liked music and I'd get around somebody 'at knew a little song I'd just stick around wid him until I learned it, and then I'd try it.
-moreReel 347, Item 4 Continued
MH: Have you done much singing or playing lately?
HP: I haven't played a guitar to speak of since two year ago.
And then I never played much then, it was kind o' all hard for me to play on a guitar cause I wasn't used to it. One of my boys got a fiddle and the othern a guitar and they — the kids got to rompin' round and they busted it, so I'm practically out.
And I believe Max got a guitar out her in the car, and I might try to maybe sing one or -- if I can — or try to get a brush or two in. Maybe you can understand it.
MH: Well, we'll sure try it. I'll go out here and get it, Mr. Philbrick.
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(Here the old man begins to play and sing. But poor Max! He could not get the old man to sing The Dewy Dens of Yarrow again!!!)
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