Mudcat Café message #3177063 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #138735   Message #3177063
Posted By: Bert
27-Jun-11 - 06:42 AM
Thread Name: Do purists really exist?
Subject: RE: Do purists really exist?
...But please - you can't conflate the glories of Traditional English Speaking Folk Song & Ballad with the stuff people write in a revival context...

Of course not. the stuff people are writing nowadays will have to go through the same forces of attrition that have always weeded out the bad stuff. Then maybe we will be left with a song or two which may get added to the tradition.

One thing that bothers me though, is that the songs that were gathered by early collectors may represent a vignette of what was being sung at the time, and thus may include songs which would have died if they had been left to the natural selection process.