Walter Pardon

Genres: Folk
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 2000s


4 March 1914, Knapton, Norfolk, England, d. 9 June 1996, Knapton, Norfolk, England. Pardon was a typical member of the British rural folk community - an unassuming man of simple tastes but great dedication to the folklore of his native Norfolk Broads region. Born and raised in the cottage in Knapton, near North Walsham, where he would spend all his days, he only came to light to the music community at large in the early 70s. A relative, Roger Dixon, heard Pardon’s version of the classic folk song ‘The Dark-Eyed Sailor’ and persuaded him to commit this, as well as 19 other traditional compositions, to tape. His talent was finally recognised when Norfolk revival singer Peter Bellamy heard the tape. This led to a recording contract with Bill Leader’s record label. A Proper Sort (1975) and Our Side Of The Baulk (1977) confirmed the promise of the original cassette. Folk scholar A.L. Lloyd invited him to join a group of English folk singers...

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