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Thread #162666   Message #3946328
Posted By: Steve Gardham
26-Aug-18 - 10:25 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Some great discussion here now, too much to respond to in one go. And most of it well-informed anyway.

Tzu, if you turned up a broadside ballad without a strong rhythm then you were extremely unlucky. The vast majority at least have a reasonable rhythm and form, and those that don't soon acquire it if the song content is usable. I am guessing here and basing this on my own songwriting but a useful ploy in writing this material is to have a tune in mind while you're writing, regardless of whether that tune is eventually used.