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Mick Lowe Before it's too late (20) RE: Before it's too late 30 Oct 00

I must admit when I started this thread I wasn't expecting a large response, the main purpose being hopefully to spark some small reaction that might grow so that 50 years down the line, whoever takes over the running of my website can sit back in the knowledge that "folk" music, poems, tales, whatever, is no longer left to the heresay of some dubious source (Bunting in your grave please take note). But that the efforts made by the likes of Child, Henry, Sharp, etc, who armed only with pencil and stave tried to capture history before it was lost for all time, would not have to be repeated in some 100 years time. We have the technology to record the songs and anecdotes of our grandparents/parents on a very personal level, please don't let them be lost.

I say this from a very academic view point and I relate totally with you Gervase, I have lost contact with my brother for I don't know how long.. and I know it is easy to say (especially with the elderly and cantakerous) we have to think of our children's children, otherwise it could be lost forever.

Having just re-read this so far I realise it is rather fragmented, but hopefully it makes some sort of sense.

Kara I applaud your efforts in preserving the tradition as I hope we all can do, but what happens if we get killed tomorrow and no one has bothered to listen to, let alone memorised rhe songs and tales we tell?

This also kind of ties in what you were saying Sophhcleese re the tape being stolen from the car and keeping "material" safe...

I have been giving this matter some thought, probably brought on by a book I have got fron my local library that is a source of folk songs and stories from Southern England. I got to wondering how publishers decided on accepting such a volume. Perhaps it is posible for us mudcaters to put enough presure to bear on local publishers to print our songs and stories, or if not come up with some sort of communial way of doing so.

Tnat has suddenly become a rather scary thought, that we here on the mudcat could influence.. even change what the publishing houses do..

Thanks for all your input


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