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Thread #157878   Message #4029565
Posted By: GUEST,Derek Schofield
22-Jan-20 - 05:36 AM
Thread Name: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Subject: RE: Dave Harker, Fakesong
Brian … I can't remember writing anything about Grandfather's Clock. You'd have to remind me where it might have been.

Regarding Sharp and music hall songs. Of course he didn't collect them, unless by accident. He wrote in the introduction to The Country Dance Book part 1 in 1909:
"In the village of today the polka, waltz and quadrille are steadily displacing the old-time country dances and jigs, just as the tawdry ballads and strident street-songs of the towns are no less surely exterminating the folk-songs" P. 7. No doubt there are similar quotes in other publications, such as "poverty-stricken tunes of the music-hall … superficial attractiveness" … "coarse music-hall songs" English Folk Song: Some Conclusions, pages 135 and 137.

I only look at Mudcat once or twice a day, so I'm inevitably way behind on the discussion.