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Harry Albino

Harry Hurlbutt Albino (1889-1957)

Harry Albino wrote many articles for Gloucestershire Countryside between 1937 and 1955, the subjects being mostly folk related, including music, vernacular architecture, wagons, millstones, and some biographies. Known in Cheltenham as an artist and fine draughtsman, he also contributed songs and short articles to English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) Journals and published several arrangements of folk songs, which he and others collected. He once lectured in Cheltenham on his experiences as a folk music collector in Eastern Europe and was founder of the North Cotswold Music Festival. On several occasions he adjudicated at music festivals in the district and conducted a number of choral societies. Albino also involved in the work of the Council for the Preservation of Rural England.

Renowned also as a photographer, his collection of slides and photographs are deposited in the Gloucestershire Archives and date from c.1939-1956. His collection of watercolour paintings is in Cheltenham Art Gallery.

Actor and singer Bob Arnold came into possession of the Albino folk song manuscripts shortly after Albino's death, at the request of Albino's widow. Arnold donated them to the Society in the 1980s and they reside at the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML). They principally cover the period 1913-1918 and the principal geographical coverage is of the Cotswold region.


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Harry Albino