Mudcat Café message #4032157 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157878   Message #4032157
Posted By: GUEST,Pseudonymous
04-Feb-20 - 08:49 AM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
"However, as this discussion appears to be lacking the same two most important features as did ‘Fakesong’, perhaps it is worth mentioning them here …

As with Harker, there has been no attempt to examine ‘the forgeries’ in question …

The second stunning omission has been the singers themselves – no reference to them in the book and the only ones here has been to present the most respected family of source singers in England as self-promoting showmen. The main evidence we have of the cultural importance of folk song lies in the songs themselves and how they were regarded by the singers and communities they served – without them all that is left is personal opinion and (not very well-informed) guesswork"

This is what I meant by 'the voices of the people'.