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Pamela R Tune Req: Lady Elspat (22) RE: Tune Req: Lady Elspat 09 Aug 15

Sorry to be so long responding.

I've had this song for a few years and I knew it was relatively uncommon. But after consulting Brian and others this Summer I realized that it was more than a little scarce, and so I became determined to record it myself. That's why I've been asking everyone I can about it.

Thanks all for your thoughts on this song, and to Brian for looking into the history for me and singing me the tune from Bronson. Perhaps I should've said in the first place that Brian had offered to do that for me, and also that Niamh Parsons has been looking at with me. Still I wanted to find out if anyone here knew of any recordings or had come across any other information.

I appreciate the comments supportive of carrying it forward as I heard it or as I remember it, though. Sometimes I find it's a fine line to walk between good scholarship and honoring the tradition, on the one hand, and allowing for the fluid nature of the ongoing folk process, on the other. I try to strike a balance, but it's kind of a paradox. But that's another topic.

I'll let you all know when I've got a Lady Elspat recording out.


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