Mudcat Café message #2984235 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #131826   Message #2984235
Posted By: Steve Gardham
10-Sep-10 - 07:16 PM
Thread Name: Child Ballads survived in oral trad.
Subject: RE: Child Ballads survived in oral trad.
One thing we must also remember when talking about traditional singers is that the big names we keep bandying about are not TYPICAL traditional singers. Harry Cox, Bob Roberts, Walter Pardon etc were almost all minor celebrities in their own communities before they were discovered by the revival. They were entertainers. The vast majority of the traditional singers we recorded and those recorded by the likes of Sharp and Vaughan Williams only sang to amuse themselves, their own families and their own immediate communities in the local pub.