The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #56447   Message #1512844
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
29-Jun-05 - 07:20 PM
Thread Name: DTStudy: Captain Ward
Subject: RE: DTStudy: Captain Ward
Although it's useful to know who has recorded arrangements of songs found in tradition by other people, these tell us nothing (unless those traditional sources are properly identified) about the songs; though I suppose that we may learn a little about the way today's professional entertainers adapt the material that they use.

By all means quote texts sung by your favourite performers; please also quote their sources in full. If you don't do that, we have no way of knowing whether the material is relevant to a study of the song's history, or whether it was made up last week. Roberto has just posted several duplicate texts (none from traditional singers); I'm at a loss to understand what that can possibly tell us, except that revival performers tend to learn songs from each others' records rather than from original sources; and that all too few people bother to credit the original singers who kept the songs alive.