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Thread #44136   Message #649185
Posted By: sian, west wales
13-Feb-02 - 12:24 PM
Thread Name: English Folk: Harmony Singing
Subject: RE: English Folk: Harmony Singing
Greg, I think that Giraldus Cambrensis (Gerallt Cymro in Wales) did not mean "the British" by "Britons", but rather the Welsh. And if you remember that those Britons (Welsh) once populated a fair bit of Britain, up to the Edinburgh area, and were singing harmony long before many other parts of the known world, then it makes sense that the tradition might live on in some form in Northumbria, Cumbria, Yorkshire, etc. I was at a meeting recently where someone suggested that part-singing in pubs was uniquely Welsh, and two Yorkshiremen present went ballistic!

sian