Mudcat Café Message Lyrics & Knowledge Personal Pages Record Shop Auction Links Radio & Media Kids Membership Help
The Mudcat Cafeawe



User Name Thread Name Subject Posted
Jim Carroll If you don't like ballads...... (252* d) RE: If you don't like ballads...... 14 May 19


"though Jim would probably exclude Faithful Sailor Boy"
I'm not particularly interested in 'discounting' any individual pallads Richard - it's the ballad form as a specific genre, and its social and historical importance that interests me
I wish Child had written more on what he meant by the term, but we have what we have and need to work it out for ourselves rather than speculating - most of the time, his choices seem pretty clear
I've been working my way through some American collections containing ballads from Famine Refugees from Ireland and am astounded at some of the Ballads that were taken to the East Coast of America and to Canada in the latter half of the 19th century - Cork and Waterford seems to feature largely - long ballads from people who could hardly read, or, if they could, to whom English would have been their second language
Ben Henneberry had a number of Robin Hood Ballads, for instance
New England singers, Mrs Sullivan and Mrs Welch sang or identified some rarities - 'Braes of Balquidder', Famous Flower', 'Young Hunting', 'The Demon Lover'......
Henneberry sang a superb 'False Knight on the Road' and describes his father (from Kerry, I think) 'stepping out' (dancing) to the refrain - an interesting echo of the dance origins of ballad making theory
The ballads are not only extremely enjoyable to sing and listen to, but they come with loads of important information
   
I stumbled across Helen Harness Flanders's collection on line - poor quality, as you would expect from the technology of the time, but a revelation - well worth searching out
Jim


Post to this Thread -

Back to the Main Forum Page

By clicking on the User Name, you will requery the forum for that user. You will see everything that he or she has posted with that Mudcat name.

By clicking on the Thread Name, you will be sent to the Forum on that thread as if you selected it from the main Mudcat Forum page.
   * Click on the linked number with * to view the thread split into pages (click "d" for chronologically descending).

By clicking on the Subject, you will also go to the thread as if you selected it from the original Forum page, but also go directly to that particular message.

By clicking on the Date (Posted), you will dig out every message posted that day.

Try it all, you will see.