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Thread #162666   Message #3898415
Posted By: Brian Peters
09-Jan-18 - 02:54 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Regarding the microfilm copies of the Carpenter collection in the VWML, which Jim referred to, I certainly knew of their presence, used them extensively and learned songs from them about 15 years ago, after a tip-off from David Atkinson. So thanks for facilitating that, Jim.

Having initiated this thread I'm beginning to feel a bit like the fellow who chucked the bomb at Archduke Ferdinand. But since the discussion has touched several times on one of my favourite renditions of any traditional song, 'The Banks of Sweet Primroses' by Phil Tanner, I must say that his exuberant and irresistible performance, and his individual way with the rhythmic structure, demonstrate to me the creativity of the 'common folk' quite as well as if he'd written it himself. Haven't I spent years trying to justify my own musical career by pointing out that interpretation of existing material is as creative in its way as composing new stuff? As for the song itself, although it's a lovely lyric I don't see anything there that would have demanded a countryman's specialist knowledge - just some experience of wandering by a river on a sunny day, and of romantic rejection.