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Thread #7890   Message #2879254
Posted By: GUEST,Sue Dukes
04-Apr-10 - 05:38 AM
Thread Name: Sam Henry's Songs of the People
Subject: RE: Sam Henry's Songs of the People
To anyone who's interested, I have bound copies of the original newspaper printer's rushes of Sam Henry's complete collection. This includes many songs never included in any of the later published books.   There is also an index of songs hand-typed (by, or with commentary by Sean O'Boyle, no date), and categorised as geographical, themes, alphabetical, etc. The tunes are difficult to interpret as they have been written in SoFa (dohRayMe). It would be a fairly big task, but I have intentions of scanning the works (when I retire probably!) and putting them on the net. They are an incredible source for songs not having been performed probably within living memory. I have been told there are only two other complete collections in existence, but this one is certainly unique. I am not trying to sell it, far from it, but should anyone have an academic interest, I would be happy for it to be studied. Based in Somerset, UK. Best wishes.