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Thread #106635   Message #2204725
Posted By: treewind
29-Nov-07 - 11:21 AM
Thread Name: Songbooks: Book of lesser known trad. songs?
Subject: RE: Book of lesser known trad. songs?
Here's another one. Though some of the titles will be familiar, they are not always the well known versions.

As someone said further back, if a song is in a book it's probably been sung and well known, though even old favourites like the Penguin book (Now Classic English Songs) and the set of 4 that included Marrow Bones contain some songs that aren't done much.

All the best trad singers do their own research. The VW library at Cecil Sharp House has lots of songs that were collected and never published. Sometimes they are incomplete and you have to piece them together from different versions, or a collected tune with a set of words from the broadside collection at the Bodleian Library