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Thread #114306 Message #3245358
Posted By: Joe Offer
26-Oct-11 - 09:21 PM
Thread Name: The Traditional Ballad Index
Subject: RE: The Traditional Ballad Index
Both Roud and the Ballad Index are very good, within the limits of what they attempt to do. The Ballad Index does its indexing book-by-book, not song-by-song. Until somebody volunteers to index a book, songs from that book are not included in the Traditional Ballad Index. The Ballad Index emphasizes North American books, while Roud focuses on UK books. Roud has generally broader coverage with less detailed information. The Ballad Index finished indexing Grieg-Duncan in its latest edition, which is a significant accomplishment - that's Version 2.5, published November 18, 2010. I think the Ballad Index covers most of the significant US songbook collections, but it has a long way to go before it can do the same for UK collections.
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