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Posted By: Jim Carroll
26-Jul-18 - 08:14 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
As singers, nobody was committed to "being honest" about what they did with their songs - it was not part of their job descriptions
Had it been, I can't think of a single revival singer who wouldn't have been standing in the dole queue looking for a new job
This has nothing to do with honesty
As for Burns - he adapted and improved folk songs and rewrite them to make his poems he collected as if they were going out of fashion without telling anybody
I think all this puts the Peter Buchan 'controversy' into context