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GUEST,Murray on Saltspring Reflections/Criticism of Peter Kennedy (268* d) RE: Reflections/Criticism of Peter Kennedy 20 Sep 06

Perhaps this is relevant: a note I sent last June to Folktrax - to date, unanswered.

Dear folks:
First, let me offer condolences on the death of Peter Kennedy.
On checking your site, I see you have for sale cds of the material in PK's excellent book 'Folksongs of Britain & Ireland'. But I noticed some anomalies in the description of the contents of the 'Seduction' section. For all I know this may be the case with others. Namely, on comparing the contents of the record as listed with the book in front of me, I notice:
no 176 'The Haslebury Girl' - book: from Harry Cox; disc, Bill Lowne.
no. 179 'The Lady o the Dainty Doon-by' - book, from Lucy Stewart AND Jeannie Robertson [??] ; disc, Lucy Stewart alone.
no. 185 'The nightingales Sing' - book from Raymond and John Cantwell; disc, Fred and Ray.
no 190 'She was a Rum One' - book, from Davie Stewart, 1956; disc, Jeannie Robertson, 1953.

As you can see, there are quite a few mistakes of one sort or another. Please explain this, or correct it. If I order the disc, I'd like to know exactly what I'm getting.

Murray Shoolbraid
Editor, BC Folklore.

Has anyone else noticed this sort of thing? Quite apart from PK's questionable ethics, about which I can have no opinion, there's this bother about questionable scholarship.

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