The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #134256   Message #3052537
Posted By: mikesamwild
13-Dec-10 - 12:21 PM
Thread Name: Ballad Singing: A Dissenting Opinion
Subject: RE: Ballad Singing: A Dissenting Opinion
I think it referred to the people who sold sheets of song words and sang the tune in the street often in a high reedy voice to cut across the noise. hence the folky voice!

In many cases people got hold of the words and fitted a local tune if they didn't know the one recommended.

The oral tradition was well bolstered by these song sheets but very few of the authors get acknowledged tll we got to published song books etc