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Posted By: GUEST,Mike Yates
07-Feb-19 - 05:12 AM
Thread Name: New Book: Folk Song in England
Subject: RE: New Book: Folk Song in England
I haven't really been keeping up with this thread, but I do agree with Jim when he writes 'In my opinion, despite Bert's flaws and idiosyncrasies his 'Folk Song in England has a far greater understanding of the uniqueness of the genre than does the latest condenser for the title .' I am saddened to see that Bert Lloyd's reputation is slowly being pulled apart by people who often did not actually know him and who were not around when Bert was writing his book. I spent quite a lot of time with him and came to admire him greatly. His knowledge, especially of Eastern European music/song traditions was quite outstanding. Without him, and MacColl, the revival would not have been able to take off in the manner that it did. I just wish that some people would remember that.