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Thread #166876   Message #4018147
Posted By: GUEST,Nick Dow
09-Nov-19 - 10:53 AM
Thread Name: Review: Walter Pardon - Research
Subject: RE: Review: Walter Pardon; Research
I think Steve is between a rock and a hard place with the index. A classic example is 'Down in the Fields where the buttercups all grow' sung by two(?) generations of traditional singers but a 'relatively modern' composed song. Should it be in the Roud index? Personally I would not miss it, but that's not the point. Likewise some of the super variants ' The Dark eyed sailor'. If we are able to pin down the author what then? Most answers to this are not wrong in themselves but raise more questions than they answer. So where do we draw the line. Jim's opinion is as good as any other. As some of you know I am involved in Folk art as well as song. If a Gypsy Wagon is painted Traditionally in correct livery, it is Folk Art. Is it less Folk because we know the painter? As Bert Lloyd said, is a Folk pot less of a Folk Pot because we know the potter? So maybe in the long run we will be censured for not collecting some of the rarer music hall songs sung by our informants.
I don't know, but I might play safe.