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Posted By: greg stephens
22-May-02 - 09:30 AM
Thread Name: How old is Brit trad of music in pubs?
Subject: RE: How old is Brit trad of music in pubs?
Exactly how widespread pub-playing was would be impossible to establish solely from a handful of quotesspread over half a millennium: but consider the creation, variation and rapid spread of many thousands of fiddle tunes between 1600 and 1850, not to mention the vast body of folk songs (including drinking songs!). It's a bit difficult to postulate a mechanism for this in English society that doesnt involve places for communal leisure-drinking and social get-togethers.