Jack Elliott (1907-1966)
Last updated: 03.10.20
Jack Elliott hailed from of Birtley, County Durham and was a miner, singer and musician. According to the Internet source given below, Jack Elliott together with his wife Em and four children in the 1930s and 40 sang continually at home, on the street and in pubs. Their songs ranged from kids' game songs to Child ballads, but it's probably for their pit songs that they are best known. The Elliotts came to prominence in the folk revival due to the interests of Ewan MacColl, A.L. Lloyd and others, and helped bring about the concept of industrial folk song. After his death, his family still continue, and the Birtley Folk Club, founded in 1962, still meets at the Buffalos' club every Wednesday.
His version of Billy to Bob can be heard at sounds.bl.uk.
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