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Posted By: Steve Gardham
04-Nov-17 - 09:48 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
The simplest answer to your question, Brian, is that one of the ways these ballads were disseminated over large distances is that the pedlars who travelled great distances always carried a stock of broadsides and songsters with the rest of their wares. Of course we cannot discount migratory workers as well. We have much less information about how the melodies travelled for obvious reasons. The normal street/market ballad sellers of course sang the songs to their buyers but by and large these didn't travel great distances.