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Thread #166037   Message #3991085
Posted By: GUEST,Martin Ryan
06-May-19 - 08:49 AM
Thread Name: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
Subject: RE: Ireland's Favourite Folk Song
"...puts my teeth right on edge, because the singer has changed the words to suit himself... "

Isn't that what traditional singers do - sometimes consciously, more often not? As a quick example, just think of "Off to Dublin in the Green" - a rewrite of a British Army recruiting song!

In the end, of course, it's the listeners who decide what survives...