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GUEST,Fred McCormick Jeannie Robertson 40 years ago (32) RE: Jeannie Robertson 40 years ago 14 Mar 15


Mike Yates and Vic Smith. I heartily agree. I get absolutely fed up with people who introduce songs by saying "This is So And So's Such And Such", apparently oblivious to the fact that So And So must have got it from a traditional source somewhere, and that there's very likely several generations of labouring poor sang the song virtually anonymously before it was collected. Well, they didn't call us The Secret People for nothing.

Regarding Mike's prognosis about the likes of Harry Cox and Jeannie Robertson fading from public view, I suspect that he will be proved right.

It's a sad and depressing fact that, for most of the young crop of singers and musicians, their heroes are Peter Bellamy and Martin Carthy, rather than the people we sometimes lovingly call The Old Boys.

Mind you, I was cheered up no end recently when a young, nationally known singer turned up at our local singaround recently and introduced her song by saying she'd learned it from one of her favourite singers - Caroline Hughes no less!

I'm not sure whether she got it from the Topic Voice of the People set, or from the double CD of Caroline Hughes on Musical Traditions. Whatever. Keep banging the stuff out folks. We need it.


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