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Thread #162666   Message #3881407
Posted By: Steve Gardham
10-Oct-17 - 03:58 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Yes, well worthy of a song collector's attention. As far as publishing goes the likes of Sharp would have wanted the songs to have a universal appeal in order to sell books which would exclude many songs with a local flavour. Perhaps they also had something of this in the back of their minds whilst they were collecting. However songs like 'Lakes of Colephin' reached a universal audience in print and oral tradition. Only a small percentage of both printed and local songs made it into the national corpus and dispersed print certainly had a lot to do with this. Maybe simple chance accounts for a lot of what survived.