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Thread #30303   Message #390939
Posted By: Snuffy
05-Feb-01 - 07:54 PM
Thread Name: I'm not anti Irish.. honest
Subject: RE: I'm not anti Irish.. honest
Origins are not really important. "No Mans Land/Willie McBride/Green Fields of France" is (well on the way to being?) an Irish traditional song, just as the bouzouki is now a traditional Irish instrument. And so are many other songs from England, Scotland, America etc, even if they are no longer part of the living tradition in their homeland.

It's what people take to their hearts that counts, not where it came from. Who cares if the Black Velvet Band was originally set in Barking not Belfast or Tralee - it had almost died out in England but was given a new lease of life in Ireland and thanks to that it has now re-entered the English tradition too.

Folksong knows no boundaries and borders. It doesn't carry a label saying "made in England" or wherever. But it can be very interesting to trace back the origins of a song through various countries and centuries.

Wassail! V

Wassail! V