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The MCRA hosts an archive copy of Roger Biddle's 'Caving Songs' website, donated to us in 2016. The original website is still being updated and maintained by Roger, and can be found here.

Donated to the MCRA by Phil Davis, October 2014. Converted to .mp3 and .wav files by Alan Gray 6 July 2018.

Wessex Cave Club Easter Meet – Yorkshire 1960

Cassette. Half of Side A and all of Side B blank.

(Side A, 27 minutes)

Bob Lauder and the Wessex Choir, October 1986

Bob Lauder Tape

This was recorded in the kitchen after the 1968 dinner.

Side 1

From To Topic Speed
000 110 Child talking – not transferred from tape 3
111 115 Song – Join the BEC 1
115 127 Song – Foggy Foggy Dew (poor quality) 1
128 144 Song - On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at 1
145 166 Song - Abdul Abulbul Amir 1
167 End Song – Boulder have a crunch on me (poor quality) 3

(Side 1 Speed 1, 9 minutes)

(Side 1 Speed 3, 2 minutes)

Side 2

From To Topic Speed
000 062 Monolog – Headfirst down Hope 1
063 074 Song – Join the BEC 1
075 090 Monolog – Ethelbert Catapult 1
093 106 Monolog – The sad tale of a motor fan 1
108 110 Song – Thanks for the Menories 1
111 115 Song 1
116 137 Song – Foggy Foggy Dew (poor quality) 1
138 153 Song – Down Below (poor quality) 1
157 188 Song 1

(Side 2 Speed 1, 22 minutes)

Note in the tape box: Thanks for the tape. I've enclosed my tape of Bob Lauder plus “Wessex Choir” this lot was recorded in the kitchen after the 1986 Dinner. All much the worse for wear. All the best Jim [Rands].

Tape 1 Side A

(29 minutes)

Rhino Rift 1971 - Sequences recorded at the head of the First Pitch. Voices include Glyn Bolt, Keith Barber, Wally Wilcocks (Black Wal), “Stan” Chappell, Tony Audsley, Rich Witcombe and Bob Pyke. NB Tedious sections of lifelining noise.

Tape 1 Side B

(28 minutes)

Rhino Rift - Sequences of climbing pitches and noisy “gardening”. Voices include Rich Witcombe, Glyn Bolt, “Stan” Chappell, Bob Pyke, Greg Pickford and Wally Wilcocks. Includes reports of the firist trip to the end of the cave.

Tape 2 Side A

(32 minutes)

1970 Westminster SG Expedition to Northern Greece - Caves: Tsepelevon Spiara and St. George's Pot. Voices include Pete Greig, Nigel Smith, Geoff Bull, Rich Witcombe and others. Some Greek folk music. Brief sequence of an interview with John Cornwell at Upper Pitts about his breakthrough at Rhino Rift 1971. Some misc folk music.

Tape 3 Side A

(15 minutes)

Rhino Rift 1971 - A spoof interview in the style of Fyfe Robertson (a well known TV journalist of that era) with John Cornwell reluctantly disclosing details of the Rhino breakthrough. Brief appearances by Trevor Carp and Tony Audsley. Followed by extracts of recordings made in the cave taken from Tapes 1 and 2.

Tape 4 Side A Part 1

(30 minutes)

Thrupe Lane Swallet 1972. A continuous recording of digging (surface shaft) ending with a “bang”. Voices of Tony Dingle, Terry Baker, Simon Meade-King, Will Edwards and Rich Witcombe.

Tape 4 Side A Part 2

(24 minutes)

Tape 4 Side B Part 1

(28 minutes)

Tape 4 Side B Part 2

(27 minutes)

Tape 5 Side A

(27 minutes)

Tape 6 Side A

(29 minutes)

Tape 6 Side B

(32 minutes)

Other Recordings

Thrupe Swallet 1

(1 minute)

Thrupe Swallet 2

(6 minutes)

Thrupe Lane Swallet 1

(3 minutes)

Thrupe Lane Swallet 2

(1 minute)

Viaduct Sink

(2 minutes)

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