Folk song studies: journal articles

A L Lloyd and Reynardine: authenticity and authorship in the afterlife of a British broadside ballad
Stephen D Winick, in Folklore, December 2004.
A detailed examination of the broadside song ‘Reynardine’. It argues that the revival versions of this ballad were not products of the folk tradition, but rather descendants of a text re-made by A L Lloyd himself and passed off as deriving from a single traditional source. An absorbing contribution to the re-evaluation of Lloyd’s influential and sometimes contradictory rôles as scholar and as participant in the post-war revival.
Link: A L Lloyd and Reynardine
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The paper is also available in a slightly longer form, and under its original title, at
Resurrecting Reynardine: Authorship and Authenticity in the Afterlife of a British Broadside Ballad
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Cecil Sharp in Somerset: some reflections on the work of David Harker
C J Bearman, in Folklore, April 2002.
A critical re-evaluation of David Harker’s influential criticisms of Cecil Sharp, which places the accuracy of Harker’s iconoclastic work, and many of the assumptions that have since been based upon it, in significant doubt.
Link: Cecil Sharp in Somerset
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Hillbilly Music: Source and Symbol
Archie Green, in Journal of American Folklore 78 (1965) 204-228.
A concise primer on the early development of commercial country music and its relationship with older tradition.
Link: Hillbilly Music: Source and Symbol
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The story of David Lowston, a pre-colonial NZ song
Frank Fyfe,1970. An examination of the historical background and transmission of ‘Davy Lowston’; first published in Maorilander: Journal of New Zealand Folklore, 1970, and later reproduced in English Dance and Song vol 55 no 3 pp 2-5, Autumn 1993 (EFDSS, London).
Link: The story of David Lowston
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Traditional Ballad Verse in Australia
Bill Scott, in Folklore, October 2000.
An examination of the early days of Australian folk music and its roots in the British and Irish tradition.
Link: Traditional Ballad Verse in Australia
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