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Thread #104731   Message #2148239
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
13-Sep-07 - 09:07 AM
Thread Name: how important is the label traditional singer?
Subject: RE: how important is the label traditional s
"...but it matters not whether I am listening to a revivalist like LouKillen singing The Flying Cloud,or Harry Cox singing The Foggy Dew,What I hear is two fine exponents of the art of unaccompanied singing."

No, it probably doesn't matter aesthetically (especially with regard to your two examples). But imagine what might be the response (not least from Louie Killen!) if you 'collected' songs from Louie Killen and attempted to publish them in some learned journal as 'traditional in origin'!

Having said that nothing would surprise me. I once heard a singer in a folk club announce, quite seriously, "I collected this song from June Tabor". Be careful, Cap'n, you might find yourself facing the same gales of derisive laughter that that particular remark attracted!