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Posted By: Steve Gardham
17-Aug-18 - 01:44 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Regarding Steve's extremely useful indexes. Professor Child tried to be inclusive and as he himself stated 'included a whole lot of material that was there beyond his better judgment. (For instance many of the Child ballads show no or little evidence of ever having been in oral tradition.) Likewise, Steve's indexes are inclusive. They include all songs that exist in the anthologies he has included. Had they been exclusive he would have had to spend a lot more time making arbitrary decisions which everyone would be able to disagree with. As it is thankfully YOU are the only one complaining.