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Thread #162666   Message #3939686
Posted By: Jim Carroll
26-Jul-18 - 03:10 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
"But Jim, I had only heard of Kodaly because Lloyd cited him as an expert on folklore in his 'Folk Song in England'."
Kodaly did wonderful owk on Hungarian folk song - I've got ten albums of his stuff
Bert was deeply involved in Eastern European traditional song and Kodaly was his hero in that field - he features strongly in one of Bert's finest Radio Programmes - 'The Savage in the Concert Hall
That doesn't make him like an expert on British folk music Personally, I prefer this:

"Thanks to the encouragement of many small successes, Kenneth Goldstein and Riverside have recently issued the boldest single venture yet in their eight double-sided LP set of Child ballads, sung unaccompanied by Ewan MacColl and A. L. Lloyd. It is not, I think, an exaggeration to declare that this is the most important event in the field since the publication of Sharp and Karpelesí Southern Appalachian collection.1 It may be short of ideal that eighty-odd ballads are sung by only two persons, but in spite of their professional status, both of these men, in their very different styles, carry conviction. Lloyd, although he has learned most of his songs from print, sounds more folklike; but MacColl is rooted in a strong family tradition, and wins our fullest assent.
The length of many of these versions as sung by MacColl and Lloyd is a new experience, and as such it prompts reconsideration of ballad-form by bringing into sharp focus questions hitherto unasked or but dimly perceived."
Bertrand Harrison Bronson 1957

We really needn't have sunk to this level