The Lost Language of British Folklore

The origins of this blog are rooted in a series of lengthy telephone conversations with Jon Dudley and Jill Dudly nee Copper of the celebrated Copper Family folk singing group, with whom I have shared a mutual interest in folk music and related folklore for some several years. Although little known outside the somewhat specialist and minority interest world of Traditional English Folk Singing, the Singing Coppers are widely recognized within folk music circles generally as being a major influence upon the ninteen sixties revival of English Folk Music; largely as a result of the tireless efforts to promote the living tradition which they themselves still preserve made by Jill’s only recently deceased, but well loved Father, the late Bob Copper.
 
In a scene which is now largely dominated by a small and ever more incestuous clique of ‘Sixties Folkies and their children, a great many misconceptions have now become widely current about folk music and its related traditions: which include poetry, folk plays, traditional storytelling and a wide variety of traditional customs many of which are still a living part of the communities of which they are still a living part. This in itself is sadly disappointing, owing to the fact that there is a large quantity of widely published and scholarly material available on all of these subjects; which is easily accessible through public libraries and a number of key national and international collections.
 
It is the purpose of this ongoing blog to attempt to clear up some of the misconceptions that have presently arisen about folk music and folk tradition generally, over the coming months; with a series of short commentaries relating to various aspects of indiginous musical folk tradition; all of which will be intentionally themed to fit in with a particular aspect of these inter-related disciplines that is relevant to what is going on right now and in the present day workings of the current scene. Some of what you will read here is likely to be a little on the controversial side for some of those who have sought to distort the essence of these traditions to suit their own ends; whilst those who have found themselves being deceived by these purveyors of indiginous fake tradition, as opposed to genuine folk tradition, are only likely to find what I write or say interesting, amusing and informative. A fact that in itself can be shown to be true by the comments that have attached themselves to my published writings over the past few years. 
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About tartantombraider

A lineal descendant of Captain Robert Ferguson (1719-1799) the older brother of the great Scottish Enlightenment Philosopher and historian Adam Ferguson (1723-1816); the friend of Hume, Gibbon and Adam Smith. Also related to the great feminist author and playwright Rachel Ferguson. Have written extensively on a vast range of subjects, published in print as book author and in various journals and magazines into the bargain. Early work as an underground film maker on the early Goa Trance and radical anti-CJB political scene in the 1990s has since become more refined and ambitious and I am now a regular contributor to such high profile events as the Portobello Film Festival Annual Film Maker's Convention.....:
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