Mudcat Café message #3183034 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #138735   Message #3183034
Posted By: theleveller
07-Jul-11 - 08:34 AM
Thread Name: Do purists really exist?
Subject: RE: Do purists really exist?
All traditions are retrospective, aren't they? It goes from single action to repeated action to way of life to tradition. I like the verse in Beating the Bounds from Jon Boden's Songs From the Flood Plain (a definitive post-Steamfolk masterpiece):

Dressed up in our Sunday best
Canon Davis leads the rest
Like last year and the year before
Who remembers what it's for?