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Thread #22617   Message #3340981
Posted By: Steve Gardham
20-Apr-12 - 03:22 PM
Thread Name: Origin: High Germany
Subject: RE: Origin: High Germany
You can access my paper on this at the Tradsong website of which you are a member if my memory serves me rightly.

Again you have misread me. My love and respect is for the folk songs themselves, what the folk did with the originals, in my opinion vastly improved them, be they ballads, songs, plays, dances, whatever.

And yes I do still state that the conditions in rural Ireland amongst travellers in the period you're talking about and the conditions in England from the early 19th century upto when the songs were collected are vastly different.

And seeing as you're still challenging me I'll return the compliment and repeat my challenge, give me half a dozen songs chosen at random from the English general stock collected by the likes of Sharp say and let's look at the likely origins.