Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival - The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox - Bruce Lindsay

Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival - The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox - Bruce Lindsay

Building the Repertoire

Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival - The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox - Bruce Lindsay

Bruce Lindsay [+-]
Music Journalist and Social Historian
Bruce Lindsay is a freelance music journalist and social history researcher writing for All About Jazz and Jazz Journal. He has been a semi-professional guitarist and bassist, and a regular performer at open mic nights and folk sessions across East Anglia. He is the author of Shellac and Swing: A Social History of the Gramophone in Britain (Fonthill Media, 2020) and Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival: The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox (Equinox, 2020) .

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Three questions have troubled students of English rural singing for decades: where did rural singers get their songs from, how did they choose which songs they kept in their repertoires and to what extent did they alter words or tunes to suit their own styles? This chapter considers these questions with regard to Harry and Sam. Harry’s repertoire extended to at least 125 songs, Sam’s repertoire was over 65. Both men acknowledged a variety of sources – family, friends, fellow workers, other singers and written material such as broadsides – and in this chapter the relative importance of each source is discussed.

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Lindsay, Bruce. Building the Repertoire. Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival - The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 74-89 Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781799178. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38554. Date accessed: 20 Sep 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38554. Oct 2020

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