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Ged Fox Criticism at singarounds (493* d) RE: Criticism at singarounds 29 Sep 15

Agreed, Steve & Padgett; in a singaround shanties become chorus songs which can, like any others, be practised, harmonised or sung in any style that the performers like. What is almost impossible, (forgive me GSS,) in a singaround, is to sing them like work songs. ***Pause for thought*** Most people recognise the incongruousness of the comfortable middle classes singing about ploughboys, mill hands and fishermen, but there is no way to tell, in general, whether a performer was brought up to know a sidecarp from a shuttle or a sweep, or whether he just learnt the difference from footnotes. Nor, maybe, need that matter, since for our purposes imagination and empathy can take the place of experience. The incongruity of the singaround shanty differs from that of most other songs in that the song itself changes its nature by being brought indoors and sat down.

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