Mudcat Café message #3894177 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #162666   Message #3894177
Posted By: Lighter
15-Dec-17 - 02:01 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
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It's the "Carrying On" that is important; isn't that what Tradition is about?

"Carrying on" with variations. Obviously.

So, without variations, with no known singers till the '50s, where does "The Coal-owner" fit in?

The point, if there is one, is that in practice the category of "folk" or even "traditional" song can expand or contract according to the preferences (I almost said "whim") of the speaker or writer.