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Thread #162666   Message #3879352
Posted By: Richard Mellish
29-Sep-17 - 04:15 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Steve G said "I doubt very much if any of the contributors to this thread would differ on what constitutes a traditional folk song". That's probably correct for a central core of material, but we may well differ considerably about some of the layers further out: see the examples cited by Brian Peters at 08:25 AM Mudcat time today. Steve R himself sets out on pages 24 and 25 many criteria for something being "folk" or not, with particular instances meeting more or fewer of them to varying degrees. And a bit later he suggests that no specimen will ever score 10 out of 10.