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Graham Pirt John Jacob Niles authenticity? (95* d) RE: John Jacob Niles authenticity? 01 Sep 99


It doesn't seem that JJN is much different from Robert Burns, Walter Scott or Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy. I appreciate that for students of the songs it can make life difficult (but interesting!) but for singers there are some pretty good songs amonst all of them. When I first heard (and learnt) Venezuela back in the mid sixties I thought that it didn't have the ring of authenticity and have always questioned its parentage whenever introducing it. Pleased to hear I was justified!


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