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Posted By: GUEST,Fred McCormick
12-Jun-14 - 07:38 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Aussie versions of Child ballads?
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Aussie versions of Child ballads?
I've just checked the database of my record collection for Australian versions of Child ballads. Admittedly, the Australian material in there is not that extensive, just 196 tracks, but there's absolutely nothing to which you could assign a Child No.

That is very strange, especially when one compares same with the slender list which Richard came up with. (Wot? No Seven drunken Nights?) To some extent it can be explained by the paucity of published field recordings (see below), and a limited number of book anthologies, but there's got to be more to it than that. Was there perchance no broadside trade in Australia?

Steve. Any chance you could knock up a paper on same in time for next Week's Trad Song Forum :-).

Here's my list of commercially issued field recordings.

Various. Bush Traditions. Larrikin 7
Sally Sloan.A Garland for Sally. Larrikin. LRF 136
Various. Traditional Musicians & Singers in Victoria. Wattle 2
Harry Cotter of Binalong, New South Wales. Victorian Folk Song & Dance Society SF 276
Various        Sharing the Harvest; Field Recordings from the Meredith Collection in the National Library of Australia        . No catalogue number
Charlie Batchelor. Larrikin