Mudcat Café message #2721426 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #123472   Message #2721426
Posted By: MGM·Lion
11-Sep-09 - 08:10 AM
Thread Name: The Folk Process
Subject: RE: The Folk Process
Child DIDN'T COLLECT, Dick. He gathered together within covers all the *printed* versions he could find of any particular ballad: he didn't do live performance & only gave a handful of tunes as an appendix. When Kittredge, who saw the Popular Ballads thru the press after Child's death, wrote in his preface that he thought the collection probably represented the whole amount of the available material, it was one of the things that inspired Gavin Greig to go around Scotland and find dozens more versions still surviving in the oral tradition. So the fact that there is only one version of any particular ballad in Child proves nothing except that it didn't appeal greatly to the broadside press or any of the earlier gatherers like Percy or Douce from whose earlier work Child had reproduced his versions; or that there weren't plenty more versions around being sung somewhere.