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Sydney Carter

(1915—2004) songwriter and journalist


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b. 6 May 1915, Camden, London, England, d. 13 March 2004, London, England. Although he had a desire to work within the BBC or in films, the Oxford-educated Carter ended up teaching, becoming history master at Frensham Heights School in Farnham, Surrey. He was already writing poetry, but it was after World War II, during which he served in the Middle East and Greece with the Friends Ambulance Unit, that Carter started composing songs. Inspired by the music he heard in Greece, Carter started frequenting folk clubs in London and heard Ewan MacColl; he joined the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), and also started singing songs himself. He also started writing lyrics for Donald Swann, working on a series of West End revues in addition to Swann’s children’s musical, Lucy And The Hunter.

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From Encyclopedia of Popular Music in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Music.


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