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GUEST,Simon The Imagined Village (36) RE: The Imagined Village 31 Jul 07

"Countless folk-tales have differnet national versions but Tam Lyn, Greg, is rare in being a distinctly Scottish tale. It deals with specific locations, anmes and, indeed traditions."

Just a thought - have you actually heard Benjamin Zephaniah's version? Do you know that he mentions these locations and names? Why does a song have to be tied to a time and place in perpetuity - surely by classifying something as traditional you are cutting those ties by definition.

I've heard a version sung in an English village - my sister used to sing it round the house. She learnt it from Liege and Leif. That doesn't make it any less traditional and it doesn't make it any less valid.

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