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Thread #162666   Message #3894140
Posted By: Steve Gardham
15-Dec-17 - 11:09 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Howard,
Who is suggesting that "the English working class in the nineteenth century were incapable of creating their own music and song"? Please read the previous postings more carefully. I don't see anyone suggesting this, least of all Steve. Of course some of our folk songs originated in this way. I can give you plenty of examples from my own collecting. For a variety of reasons very few made it into the national corpus of folk song.

I am in complete agreement with you and probably most of the people here. Why should it matter? It is the process that makes a folk song; origins are irrelevant to that. That is not a contentious issue.