In 1978, folk singers and raconteurs Chris Sugden (b. 1952, West Runton, Norfolk, England) and Dick Nudds ‘discovered’ the Kipper Family. The story goes that the group was originally founded by Ephraim Kipper in 1837. After a number of personnel changes over the years, the remaining duo of Henry Kipper (b. 4 August 1914, St. Just-near-Trunch, Norfolk, England, d. 29 July 2000, Norfolk, England; vocals, tremelodeon) and his son, Sid Kipper (b. 3 September 1939, St. Just-near-Trunch, Norfolk, England; vocals, accordion, Trunch blow-pipes, anglo saxophone, walnut shells) continued the family tradition of keeping alive the songs from their native village in Norfolk. It is interesting to note that while Henry was born on the day that World War I began, so Sid was brought into the world the day that the World War II commenced.
Their album debut, Since Time Immoral, was produced by Richard Digance. The follow-up, The Ever Decreasing Circle, featured classic songs such as ‘Spencer The Wild Rover’, ‘The Wild Mountain Thyme’ and ‘Joan Sugarbeet’. The Kipper Family’s final album, In The Family Way, was recorded at Henry’s surprise retirement party in 1991. Broadside: Songs From The Land Of The Broads, a compilation album of various artists, featured two songs by the Kipper Family, ‘When I’m Abroad On The Broads’ and ‘Dicky Riding’.
Sid continued, after his father’s retirement, in a solo capacity performing as a singer, musician and story-teller in clubs, art centres, and music festivals, as well as presenting a BBC Radio 2 folk programme.