Mervyn also knew and recorded other well-known traditional performers â€“ most notably Harry Cox and Walter Bulwer in Norfolk, and Charlie Wills in Dorset.
Mervyn and Reg produced Ethnic, a short-lived but very influential periodical dealing with traditional music, but Mervyn’s views were so sharply at odds with the burgeoning Folk Revival of the time, and his personality not always easy to get along with, that he withdrew from active participation in traditional music in the early 1960s and remained in ‘retirement’ until a brief re-awakening in the late 1970s.
As with many of his generation, Mervyn did not keep all his material, nor, by modern standards, did he take proper care of his tapes. He was often far too involved in the good times to worry about the sound quality of a recording. But more than enough has survived to provide an invaluable insight into traditional performance of the time, and to secure Mervyn's position as one of the most important figures of his generation in our field.
Mervyn’s tapes are in private ownership, but some of his recordings appear on the British Library’s Traditional Music in England website (accessible through our Sussex Traditions database) and some are among recordings released by the Topic label.