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Thread #162666   Message #3879620
Posted By: Steve Gardham
01-Oct-17 - 12:26 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Just to clarify Jim's comment at 11.28.

Fact: Of published English traditional folk songs 89% had their first extant manifestation on some form of commercial production in urban areas.

My opinion, take or leave, 95% of this corpus came from the same source. Many ephemeral printed pieces did not survive. We know this from the many catalogues that do survive.