Mudcat Café message #3729464 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157878   Message #3729464
Posted By: GUEST
10-Aug-15 - 06:48 PM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
> "did the early collectors transmit the pure and authentic voice of the people?", the answer obviously being No.

Because nobody can do the impossible.

Taken together, however, and with special emphasis on 20th century collecting and recording as a control, they seem overall to have done a pretty good job - partly because the worst fakery is usually obvious (because so sophisticated) and, in a few cases like that of Baring-Gould, the fakers were proud of their work.

And if, for example, Burns was the principal genius behind the canonical "Tam Lin," so much the better for "Tam Lin."

It is good, however, to know who likely contributed what and when.