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Posted By: Jack Campin
02-Nov-17 - 02:26 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
If Irish people composed their own songs, why not Brits?
If sections of the British population composed songs, why not all of them?

That misses the point - I wasn't talking about songs of mysterious popular origin. There are huge numbers of British and Irish songs which appeared on broadsides more than 200 years ago, and where the evolutionary evidence suggests a single source. In almost every case, where they are still sung, the singer doesn't know where they came from, despite their origin being knowable. While in other traditions that feat of collective memory is quite routine. How come the English forget so easily what the Turks almost invariably remember?