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Thread #117496 Message #2530936
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
03-Jan-09 - 10:39 PM
Thread Name: Origins: St.Michael's Beltane Song
Subject: RE: Origins: St.Michael's Beltane Song
Harry Boardman was presumably also reponsible for altering the original 'Bell Tune' to 'Beltane'. Roy Palmer got the song from Folk-Lore 47 (1936) pp.395-396; further discussion appeared in 48 (1937) pp.418-419 and 49 (1938) pp.217-218. These I haven't seen, but I'd advise anyone tempted to speculate on the song and its origins to be cautious; it all looks distinctly fishy to me.
Number 1516 in the Roud Folk Song Index, classed (perhaps by accident; there is no sign of any relationship between the songs) with 'Shrove Tuesday Song'.
Note, incidentally, that the 'Cockerham Devil' text at 'traditionalmusic.co.uk' was copied without attribution from the DT file, to which writer credits were later added.