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Thread #44136   Message #648412
Posted By: Malcolm Douglas
12-Feb-02 - 03:54 PM
Thread Name: English Folk: Harmony Singing
Subject: RE: English Folk: Harmony Singing
It's certainly true that male collectors were at a disadvantage where women's repertoire was concerned, but pretty much the same seems to have been true of female collectors, and I don't get the impression that there was any widespread, deliberate exclusion of such material, in this country at any rate.  In many situations, women simply did not sing in public (though this was by no means such a universal rule as used to be thought), so they were often missed.  The extent of any "secret" body in England of purely women's songs can only be a matter for conjecture, given the evidence available.