Mudcat Café message #2984199 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #131826   Message #2984199
Posted By: The Sandman
10-Sep-10 - 06:01 PM
Thread Name: Child Ballads survived in oral trad.
Subject: RE: Child Ballads survived in oral trad.
I really find it, insulting, that goose gander and jim carroll, can decide that only traditional singers can have absorbed the tradition, and that other singers who dont have this label, such as Ewan MacColl, bob blake, and others, who were fine singers and interpreters[but were revivalists]and excellent singers in the traditional style, have not absorbed the style.
the proof of the pudding is in the eating,and bob blake was as good as any of the traditional singers he associated with and unintentionally fooled mike yates.
john brune[ who nearly jeopardised MaCcOLLS RADIO BALLADS], managed to fool Ewan MacColl with his fake recording, which all goes to show that collectors are far too precious about the sanctity of oral transmission, and place far too much credence upon this as a matter of importance particularly when a lot of these so called traditional songs originated in a printed form .
to quote the words of Oliver Cromwell "you have been sat to long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, i say, and let us have done with you. In the name of god go,
I beseech you in the name of god to think you may be mistaken" .