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Posted By: Jack Campin
23-Sep-10 - 07:53 AM
Thread Name: london folk songs
Subject: RE: london folk songs
There will be thousands of them.   Having found a few hundred items looking for things that related to something specific about Edinburgh, I considered doing London, but realized I'd have to live there ten years to do it.

Try Simpson's "The British Broadside Ballad and its Music" for a start, then look at the Roxburghe ballad collection.

Given current British paranoia about Islam (a re-run of Titus Oates's "Popish Plot" of the 1680s), I reckon "Buggering Oates, Prepare Thy Neck" might be due for a revival. It's got a great tune.