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Thread #102317   Message #4040833
Posted By: Jim Carroll
20-Mar-20 - 03:16 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Strawberry Fair - old English trad.
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Strawberry Fair - old English trad.
Would hihly recommend Martin Graebe's '@As I Walked Out', a biography of Baring-Gould
It's packed full of information and has filled in many of the gaps for me
Gould was collecting at a time when bawdy and erotica were a minefield- the late Victorian period
What he published was what he ws allowed to and we must be thankful for that
The singers themselves would have been circumspect in what they gave an outsider, never mind a clergyman
Some people have sought to make their name by applying modern standards to collectors like him - easy- peasy for the lazy and ambitious
He seemed to have kept everything he was given, as did others
Long after Bishop Thomas Percy kicked the whole thing off in England, somebody was a bly to put together 'Percy's Loose and Humourous Songs'
We eventually go Peter Buchan's 'Secret Songs of Silence'   
There are stirring of us being allowed to see some of the "filthier" shanties that were sung by 'Real Sailors'
Fingers Crossed' that there is more of Baring-Gould to come. "Locks and Keys" and all
Jim Carroll