The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #46310   Message #3889393
Posted By: Big Al Whittle
20-Nov-17 - 04:48 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
Subject: RE: Origin: Saint James Infirmary Blues
I agree Jim - its the fragmentary nature of our knowledge and insights that, if anything give a mythic power to folksong.

It poses many questions in particular the role of the singer in creating the song. It is easy nowadays to see footage of singers. But even someone as recent and even recorded people like Robert Johnson - we know very little - we can only guess at his techniques and the roots from which he distilled his art.