And where, Mr.Guest does it say that English folk music was invented by the Coppers? Of course it wasn't.
1898 was a defining moment for the family, but it really took Francis Collinson in the 50's to 'remind' us that the meeting with Kate Lee had taken place and that the 'two Mr.Coppers' were made hon. members of the Folk Song Society. A big moment for a small rural family but certainly NOT the birth of English folk music... surely that happened when man first decided he could get a tune out of his primitive voicebox
Oh, and by the way, Ian Anderson's one of the good guys in my book.
And finally, thanks Nerd, the usual tenner's in the post!