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Dear Companion-Appalachian Traditional Songs and Singers from the Cecil Sharp Collection with detailed essay on Sharp in America.

Cecil James Sharp (1859-1924) was England’s most prolific folk music and dance collector in what is now widely known as the First Folk Revival. Between the time of Sharp’s first serious collecting experience in a Somerset vicarage garden in August 1903, until his death on Midsummer Eve, 1924, he amassed a total of 4,977 tunes in England and North America, many of which were published in various forms in order to promote and revive what was perceived to be a fading part of traditional culture.

Sharp’s North American collection is regarded as a landmark in folk music fieldwork and the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) are making available online access to Cecil Sharp’s only surviving personal diaries in which he describes his collecting experiences in the Appalachian Mountains.

Compiled and edited by Mike Yates, Elaine Bradtke and Malcolm Taylor.

Preface by Shirley Collins.


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