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Anderson, Thomas James [Tom] (1910–1991), fiddler and collector of traditional music, was born on 29 August 1910 in the isolated district of Eshaness in Shetland, the eldest of six children of James Anderson, fisherman–crofter, and his wife, Harriet Margaret, née Johnson. His grandfather and uncle taught him to play the fiddle when he was eight. He came under the influence of ...

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John Gamble (d. 1687) by Thomas Cross, pubd 1656 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gamble, John (d. 1687), composer and musician, was born to parents who are unknown. According to Anthony Wood he was apprenticed to Ambrose Beeland (a court and theatre musician), afterwards becoming 'a musician belonging to a playhouse in London' (Ashbee...

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Robert ap Huw (c. 1580–1665), harpist and compiler of manuscripts, may have been born at Penmynydd, Anglesey, the sixth of the nine children of Huw ap Siôn (d. 1590/91?) and his wife, Catrin (d. 1644), daughter of William ap Lewis, of ...