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Posted By: Steve Gardham
26-Aug-18 - 10:35 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
Harry 23rd 8.44. Apologies if I was dismissive. No-one has said that ordinary (non song writers) were not capable of writing songs. It's very likely that almost anyone is. It's having the motivation and the time that are the first obstacles. Then in order to become a folk song the song has to pass through oral tradition and that can be a big stumbling block for the song. Your songs if sung by others in the mess or concert room, by my definition, will have become folksongs for a short period of time, but if they didn't get beyond that mess or fo'c'sle into other fo'c'sles they would not have survived long enough.

Cyril Tawney's RN songs have survived largely because he was a professional performer and that they were put into print and spread in this way nationally. They are folksongs in the wider sense of the word as they are a massive part of the Folk Scene, but I doubt if they are still sung in mess rooms other than by Revivalists.