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Posted By: Steve Gardham
03-Aug-12 - 01:05 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Songs, poems etc about ploughmen/boys
Subject: RE: Folklore: Songs, poems etc about ploughmen/boys
Be careful with your choice of 'ploughmen' songs. Most of them are generic and written by towny poets. It's usually easy to spot them as you could just erase 'plough'and put in almost anything else and they would still make sense. The best examples of the genuine thing are probably the Bothy ballads. Many of the ones on the Bodl come from the 18thc theatres and pleasure gardens.