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Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
17-Jul-03 - 10:56 PM
Thread Name: Country of origin of these songs please!
Subject: RE: Country of orgin of these songs please!
And as bad a guess, if it comes to that; although the earliest known reference to the song (Pepys) describes it as Scottish, the earliest known texts appear to be set in England, so it could go either way. Actually, I don't really disagree with you about your conclusion; but the reasoning is open to question. For what it's worth, more folk songs seem to have begun life as stage songs than were co-opted into the theatre from tradition.

Since you mention it, an interesting thing about "Celtic" folk music is how much of it has been derived from English sources. I have a foot in both camps, and like to see fair treatment for both sides of the family!