examined: Martin Graebe demonstrates Sabine Baring-Gould's changing attitude to and increasing appreciation of the role of printed ballads; while Chris Wright avers that many Scottish collectors of folk songs deprecated and neglected broadside ballads as a source, and that the singers themselves picked up and reflected this bias.
At first glance, the contents of the book read like a list of the favourite themes of early modern broadside printers: pig-faced women, monsters in general, murdered sweethearts, murderous wives, border battles, crime, politics, petty traitors, female warriors, and so on.
Thomson in his groundbreaking thesis on the broadside trade and its impact on folk-song transmission--have begun, gradually, to redress the balance in terms of recognition of the broadsides so disparaged by Sharp and his contemporaries.
As well as directing and writing music for the show, he is taking the role of King Leontes and it is his first stage performance with Broadsides since appearing with Lenny Henry in Othello back in 2009.
BARRIE Rutter, pictured, the artistic director of the popular and successful Northern Broadsides theatre company based in Dean Clough, Halifax, received his OBE for services to drama from Princess Anne at an investiture in Buckingham Palace last week.