Local melodeon tunes and memories of
VILLAGE HOPS AT BUCKLER'S HARD
FTC 6207 Cassette Only
39 tracks, includes several 'Live' 70 minutes 1996
Stan Seaman first played a tune on the melodeon at the age of four when he attended one of the village dances or 'Hops' at Buckler's Hard on the Beaulieu river. His uncle ran the Saturday night dances, which were a social gathering of estate workers from the Beaulieu Estate and those that earnt their living from the river.
Stan worked on the river all his life and became, at an early age, a skilled yacht skipper where he honed his skills as a rigger and ropeworker. He also picked up tunes and songs from the older members of this tight knit New Forest community.
After a lifetime of playing for his community around the Beaulieu area, Stan is still playing regularly at the age of 90. On this tape he plays many of the old tunes from the area and talks about his life.
Stan set up a regular 'musical social evening' at East Boldre which brings together many of the older traditional musicians from the Forest, some of whom Stan went to school with!!. This had been running every month until it closed a couple of years after Stan died in 2012.