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Thread #150417   Message #3514189
Posted By: Steve Gardham
12-May-13 - 09:34 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 5
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads: US Versions Part 5
Absolutely, Richard.

I would imagine most active singers on the folk scene pick up songs in a variety of ways. There are those that I have deliberately sought out and learnt from books or recordings, and those I have picked up simply by hearing them sung frequently. In some cases I have heard and read many versions of a ballad (usually a Child Ballad) that I have been able to construct a version in my own head without recourse to an existing version. I know traditional singers who have learnt their songs in similar varied ways, so we're not all that different to them in many ways.