Mudcat Café message #4031648 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157878   Message #4031648
Posted By: Steve Gardham
01-Feb-20 - 06:05 PM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
This is precisely what I'm trying to differentiate, Richard, and what Pseu is saying as well. The mediation can refer to individual ballads, or to only collecting/publishing certain portions of the material, or to misrepresenting a whole genre. In extreme cases, Buchan being the strongest suspect, but Scott stood accused over Kinmont Willie and others, the creation of whole new ballads being passed off as from tradition.

My own personal interest is not with the bowdlerisation which was natural and a necessary evil, but with the deception, and my biggest beef is that we know it happened but we can never know completely the extent of it. I think I share this worry with poor old Ritson.