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GUEST,Santa Ten representative English folk songs? (128* d) RE: Ten representative English folk songs? 18 Sep 03

How to choose representative? By categories?

1. A broken token song - Claudy Banks if that hasn't been too "Irished" but anything with William and Nancy in

2. a pressganging/recruiting; Tender Coming will do nicely, or Recruited Collier

3. the soldiers are leaving: Doli-ah, or The rout has come for the Blues

4. a shanty: too many to choose from but Drunken Sailor is the best known

5. Transportation/poachers: Rufford Park

6. Gipsies: Lost Lady Found, or one of the Gypsy Davey variants

7. A drinking song: Wilkin's Ale, John Barleycorn

8. A courting/nightvisiting song: my current favourite is the Crockery Ware

9. Highwaymen: Solvay

10. pastoral idyll: any Jolly Ploughman type

11. Foxhunting: John Peel for sure

12. Witches/magic: Unquiet Grave. Oops, I'm over ten already and haven't reached the

13. cross-dressing Female Drummer yet. Or the

14. openly patriotic Over the Hills. At least I did manage to slip some

15. humour in, among the other categories.

16. Industrial: The weaver & the Factory Maid or Banks of the Dee

Forget it. Just buy one of the two Threlfall CDs and enjoy.

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