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Thread #162666   Message #3944655
Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
17-Aug-18 - 02:46 PM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Hello Steve

Could we clarify for anybody who stumbles across this thread that 'Roud numbers' as mentioned in a post of 12.51 correspond to songs found and indexed by Roud, and that one use of the indexes is to trace 'appearances' of the song in question, whether this be in an anthology or elsewhere.

Roud's book includes references to many such songs, so interested readers can look at VWML.org for further information.

So for me it is interesting to know that the Gilded Cage song was 'col
lected' in Sheffield in 1972.

I quite enjoyed it when Roud cited some contemporary witness relating to the music made and enjoyed by ordinary people in the past and cited a Roud number, leading to the indexes for those interested.

Personally, I am trying to avoid going 'round and round', however much it supports the sales of Roud's book!