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GUEST,John Robinson What happened to Cumbrian folk music? (20) What happened to Cumbrian folk music? 26 May 21


It occurred to me to ask this here, because it's something which bothers me a little. Northern England has an extremely rich folk tradition and I don't, for example, need to look further than Lancashire, the North East or Northumberland for a plethora of great songs and tunes. But what happened to Cumbria?

I'm ancestrally Cumbrian, but I usually live in Birmingham these days. Cumbria is steeped in centuries of mythology, and I never met a Cumbrian who was short of a good story! But where are all the folk songs? I don't count 'D'ye ken John Peel?', because it's been done to death.

If you're wondering why I've asked this question, it's because I sing a bit myself at informal pub sessions - or I did before you know what came along - and I'd like to learn some songs from the old country, but I'm struggling to find any good ones.


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