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    Steve Roud(Author) Julia Bishop(Author)

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One of the Spectator's Books of the Year 2012

'Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies

Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain

For we've received orders for to sail for old England

But we hope in a short while to see you again'

One of the great English popular art forms, the folk song can be painful, satirical, erotic, dramatic, rueful or funny. They have thrived when sung on a whim to a handful of friends in a pub; they have bewitched generations of English composers who have set them for everything from solo violin to full orchestra; they are sung in concerts, festivals, weddings, funerals and with nobody to hear but the singer.

This magical new collection brings together all the classic folk songs as well as many lesser-known discoveries, complete with music and annotations on their original sources and meaning. Published in cooperation with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, it is a worthy successor to Ralph Vaughan Williams and A.L.Lloyd's original Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.

'Her keen eye did glitter like the bright stars by night

The robe she was wearing was costly and white

Her bare neck was shaded with her long raven hair

And they called her pretty Susan, the pride of Kildare'

In association with EFDSS, the English Folk Dance and Song Society

Refreshing ... beautiful ... academic but lively ... the book offers the experience of immersion into the strange, romantic and occasionally frightening world these songs were, and are, a part of ... A triumphant addition to the English folk canon, both as a source of reference and as an endlessly enjoyable collection to dip into (The Times)The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs couldn't be better timed ... an utterly indispensable collection of music for murder, wooing and wanton abandon (Record Collector)Compelling ... fascinating and refreshingly objective ... Free of any cloying romanticism, [Roud and Bishop] are willing to point out the many quirks and flaws in the progress of the art form, and show how ideology, nationalism and class all played a part in forming our wide notions of folk today ... An impressive and nourishing book, with an appeal far beyond the folk aficionado. Roud and Bishop have created something vital (Telegraph)A wonderful resource of knowledge and scholarship (Tim Cumming Independent)

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  • By suffolkpat on 22 May 2017

    Really interesting, but there is no index to the songs, which is a real pain on the ebook version.

  • By Mr C on 20 March 2017

    Very useful source book with interesting commentaries on the songs and tunes.

  • By Steve J. on 28 June 2017

    Text is a bit small

  • By Laura on 20 June 2012

    This is not a reproduction of the earlier Penguin book of English folk songs edited by Ralph Vaughan Williams and A.L. Lloyd! This is a completely new selection of folk songs as chosen by the eminent writer and folklorist Steve Roud, and music scholar Julia Bishop.The new selection was made by examining all major folk song collections and finding those songs which had been most widely collected around the country, thus producing a true representation of the voice of the people and the songs which stuck in their collective memory.With extensive notes for each song, and extensive notes on the development of folk song and music in England, this is a must have book for any serious folk singer, folklorist, and academic.

  • By Mr. George R. Featherston on 11 March 2013

    This fine hard back will stand comparison with many earlier collections. This intoduction and notes on the songs tell you a lot of what you should know about this tradition. The songs are taken from genuine country preformers, and the only possible problem is that they are sometimes a bit different from the ones already sung in folk clubs, which can cause some confusion. But no doubt the folk process will even that out eventuallyEssential for any English folkie

  • By Richard Condon à Bruxelles on 31 December 2013

    If you like English folksongs this is a must for you. One can always criticize omissions and yesterday after a discussion with a fellow folksong lover I found one: "High Germany", which was, damn it, collected by Cecil Sharp himself but doesn't appear here. Nevertheless, it is a very good selection of some of the best-loved traditional songs and the links with the "Full English" work of the English Folk Dance and Song Society are very important.

  • By Joolz on 12 June 2015

    Note that this book has lxi + 542 pages, but only 151 folk songs. For those of us who grew up with Liege and Leaf, mark that there is no Matty Groves and no Tam Lin. And we have learned a few more songs since then I daresay. All in all, for a big book, I find it a rather meagre selection. Many of us by now probably have more than 151 folk songs in our record collections, and I was surprised how few of them I found here. In other ways, a fine book. But in a book of 600 odd pages, I'd expect at least twice as many songs. I am certainly no expert, but I had thought that Old King Cole was a nursery rhyme rather than a folk song? And no Lord Franklyn? I'm afraid this book has now found a home in a charity shop.


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