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Walter Bulwer

Walter's name is known to many traditional musicians for the Polkas 1 and 2 that bear his name.

Walter and Daisy Bulwer were both musicians from Shipdham in Norfolk. Walter was born in 1888 and married Daisy Hart (from Bradenham) in 1916. Walter and his brother Chamberlain both learnt the Fiddle from their father. Daisy played Organ, Piano and Walter taught her the Banjo.

Walter played for church and village dances and led a band called Time and Rhythm which also had Daisy as a musician. Chamberlain played bugle fife and drums with the local Boys Brigade and Walter played with the band but was unable to march becuase of a disability of the legs which he'd had since childhood. Walter is also known to have played for balls in the local big houses meaning that he would have known Waltzes, Scottishes and all the Ballroom dance rhythms poular at the time.

Walter was a talented man, playing Violin, Viola, Cello, Mandolin, Banjo, Piano, Organ, Melodeon, Clarinet, Trombone and Drums. He was also an accomplished Tailor and Barber and ran a Greengrocer's and Newsagents.