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Thread #104892   Message #2153824
Posted By: Liz the Squeak
20-Sep-07 - 06:42 PM
Thread Name: Folk Music for the Middle Class
Subject: RE: Folklore: Folk Music for the Middle Class
My excuse is that I come from good, solid Agricultural and labouring stock (about the only rural pursuit I can't actually lay claim to is tin-mining) and I'll sings songs about the life style that they led.

I've got photos of my granfer plouging, fishing and stock rearing, my great aunt and uncle making hay (really!) my great granfer making baskets, my mother making nets (OK, so it's in a factory) and another great grandfather standing shepherd at the age of 11. I've got great great uncles who were killed in WWI on land and sea, I've got distant relatives who were 'Preventive Men' (forerunners of Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs) and I've got a fair smattering of fatherless babies too... did I miss anything?

Go back into your family history and sooner or later, you'll find something to fit the songs you like to sing... I defy anyone to get back more than 5 generations without an illegitimate birth (unless you're Amish).