The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #157878 Message #4028320
Posted By: Steve Gardham
14-Jan-20 - 02:54 PM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
No worries, Brian.
They are certainly relevant here. I'll give you chance to read Fowler (incidentally and rather oddly recommended to me by someone on this very thread. ta very much) and then I'll flag up some of the others. Worth finding Chambers' accusations in the middle of the 19thc but it often is referred to and quite rightly shot down as it is somewhat far-fetched. I tend to print off a lot of the academic stuff so I can easily have a skim through these for relevant papers. One of the main general claims by some of the academics is the bulk of the ballads were manufactured or rewritten during the 18thc using Scandinavian versions, English broadsides and well-known stories. Others cobbled together by bits and pieces from other ballads. T.F Henderson's edition of Scott also has some info but I haven't seen a copy of that.
Off hand I can't remember the pair who shot to pieces some of David Buchan's claims, but will have a look.
Worth a close look, a comparison between Earl Brand and the Douglas Tragedy. Both based on Scandi ballads but I maintain TDT is a rewrite of EB.
Also the most suspect ones have got to be those that occur in single versions only, and guess who contributes most of these.