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Thread #109312   Message #2285619
Posted By: greg stephens
11-Mar-08 - 04:24 PM
Thread Name: Complex arrangments of traditional music
Subject: RE: Complex arrangments of traditional music
Grab makes a rather remarkable statement in his recent post:

"Martin Carthy and others at the time built their reputations on arranging and performing broadsheet songs which were in the archives but hadn't been sung for centuries"

I can remember well Martin making his name in the 60's. Now, "centuries before" that goes back to at least before 1760.So which were the songs that he he made his name with, that hadn't been sung since before 1760? There may well have been one or two, but hardly the core of his repertoire. I seem to recall some big hits when he was making his name were The Bonny White Hare, Lord Franklin, Scarborough Fair,The Ace of Hearts,Davy Lowston. Not sung since before 1760??? Come off it.