Mudcat Café message #4034066 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157878   Message #4034066
Posted By: Steve Gardham
13-Feb-20 - 02:19 PM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
>>Do people agree that there existed in part of the population a body of material and performance practice that another part of the population didn't know about?<<

Absolutely. The vast majority of the middle class had no notion of what the 'peasants' were singing at that time. Sharp's reaction to hearing John England sing is a prime example.

Baring Gould was an exception. He was priest in a small parish in Yorkshire in the 1860s and he married a mill girl if I remember aright, and he certainly heard traditional singing there, before he even became interested in collecting in Devon much later on (20 years later).