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Thread #143842 Message #3326648
Posted By: Steve Gardham
21-Mar-12 - 07:00 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Child Ballads in 18th c. America?
Subject: RE: Origins: Child Ballads in 18th c. America?
Okay, John. Be glad to help.
Kate's on Ballad List.
As you're on Vol 5, most of the single version stuff won't be in your list.
Most of the humorous songs are straight off broadsides and are really only there as representatives of their type, Get up and bar the door, Keach i' the Creel etc., and could easily have been replaced by a thousand more similar pieces.
295A is a late 18thc garland ballad and slip song.
The concoction that is 295B derives from A and another late 18thc ballad that was very common in the 19thc and from which all of the American versions derive. There are a few Scottish fragments that derive from A in the Greig/Duncan Collection. B is a recent fabrication c1890. As Child demonstrates, even A is a concoction of bits and pieces from other ballads, but by a broadside hack.