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Jon Bartlett 'Secret Songs of Silence' published (22) RE: 'Secret Songs of Silence' published 14 Jun 10


The Editor is none other than my old mate Murray Shoolbraid, a scholar deeply immersed in Filth and Scottica. Murray has an encyclopaediac knowledge of Scots tunes and songs, nursery rhymes, slang, and the like. It was he who first introduced me to Gershon Legman, bestknown I suppose as author of The Horn Book and ex-editor (?) of Kryptadia.

Murray was the founder and first editor of Come All Ye: the Journal of the Vancouver Folk Song Society (1972-78) which in its heyday and when universities had money, went to twenty or thirty such throughout N America and Europe. He was also editor for many years of the British Columbia Folklore Society's journal.

I've just finished reading it all - the songs (which actually aren't much in the way of filth) and the deeply learned notes. It's a fine piece, and I believe it can be got very reasonably from Dick at CAMSCO.

Jon Bartlett


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