Travellers' Songs from England and Scotland
Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seegar's collection of traveller's folk songs
First edition, first impression. Hardback, bound in the original red cloth with gilt titling to spine. 24 × 15.5cm, 387pp.
The Travellers, from those living in bow-tents and horse-drawn caravans to those dwelling in motor caravans and permanent homes, are an important source of traditional music. Their society means that songs that have died out in more settled communities are preserved among them. Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, widely known as two of the founding singers of the British and American folk revivals, here display a vast fund of folklore scholarship around the songs of British travelling people. Resulting from extensive collecting in southern and southeastern England and central and northeastern Scotland in the 1960s and 70s, this book contains 130 songs with music and comprehensive notes relating them to folkloristic and historical points of interest. It includes traditional ballads and ballads of broadside origin, bawdy, tragic and humorous songs about love, work and death. Most are in English or in Scots dialect with four in Anglo-Romani.
A good, clean readable copy, with light rubbing to the boards and a slight warp to the boards. Pages clean and inner binding secure.