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Thread #158878   Message #3761159
Posted By: Pamela R
27-Dec-15 - 04:18 PM
Thread Name: folk process: tune evolution?
Subject: RE: folk process: tune evolution?
regarding contemporary songwriters using traditional tunes, knowingly or not, a few more examples (without formal analysis, just by ear):

Guy Clark's recent "Death of Sis Draper' melody resembles Matty Groves/Shady Grove.

the tune of Cyril Tawney's "Gray Funnel Line" bears a striking resemblance to the tune of "William Taylor" (as per Brian Peters & Jeff Davis)

Steve Goodman's 'Penny Evans' melody resembles the tune of "The Flying Cloud' (as per Louis Killen)

Don't know if any of those writers acknowledged a traditional source for the tune.