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Posted By: matt milton
27-Jun-12 - 10:51 AM
Thread Name: New Penguin Book of English Folk Song
Subject: RE: New Penguin Book of English Folk Song
I got my copy of the New Penguin a couple of days ago. Ordered direct from Penguin, via their website.

It seems churlish to say so (it is a very handsome book, with a well written intro and great notes and clearly a labour of love), but I feel just ever so slightly disappointed.

there just aren't many songs I haven't heard before. I suppose that's because it does what it says on the tin: it is indeed a collection of what I suppose you'd call "core repertoire": the authors deliberately went out to try to compile songs that had been collected many times.

I suppose that means I'm "proper folkie" now.