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Posted By: Jim Carroll
09-Nov-19 - 03:02 PM
Thread Name: Review: Walter Pardon - Research
Subject: RE: Review: Walter Pardon; Research
Ray - Howard
Liking a song makes in no more than a song somebody likes
Traveller John Reilly 'liked' 'Poor Blind Orphan Boy' but he sang around thirteen big ballads and knew they were important
These included The Well Below the valley (Maid and the Palmer) which Bronson went into ecstasies about (Tom Munnelly recorded it)
John not only knew it was important, but had spotted the incest nature of the song defined it as a 'forbidden song' in the Traveller community

We didn't go out with the idea that anybody "should" sing anything - we went out hoping we would find folk songs - with a great deal of success, I'm pleased to say