4 Replies to “RNSN site launches”

  1. As an independent scholar in the field of folk and popular musics, and a member of the Traditional Song Forum, I’m very interested in this project. I’d very much like to stay in touch with your work. Do you have a mailing list?

    1. Dear Sue,
      As you will see, we have much more on this site and though we don’t have a mailing list, you can follow us on Twitter @UoG_RNSN.
      Best,
      Brianna

  2. I have only just come across your site, and I previously knew nothing about your project, which is of great interest to me and my colleagues.

    I would like to suggest building bridges with neighbouring fields, in particular those of us interested in folk (better termed ‘traditional’) song, who work primarily through the ‘research wing’ of the English Folk Dance and Song Society, and the Traditional Song Forum (http://tradsong.org) rather than through academic departments.

    We have long realised the close relationship between our materials and the music emanating from the theatres, pleasure gardens, concert rooms, and the national and popular song output of the likes of Dibdin. Indeed, two of your members attended the Folk Song Conference at Cecil Sharp House a few weeks ago.

    The EFDSS’s Folk Music Journal regularly includes articles of interest to your members, and the Society organised a very successful 2-day conference on ‘Traditional Tunes and Popular Airs’ last year, with a one-day follow-up meeting planned for Sheffield in June 2019.

    There are also those of us particularly interested in Street Literature (broadsides, chapbooks and other cheap print), which had extremely strong connections with the more up-market ‘national song’ publications.

    Your members may be interested in our annual one-day conference on street literature, called The Broadside Day, which often includes material of relevance to your field, and this coming year (23 February 2019) we will be at Strathclyde University, Glasgow; see: https://www.vwml.org/events/upcoming-events/5645-broadside-day-2019

    Your members might also like to know that my online database Broadside Index includes dozens of 18th/19th century songsters and songbooks, giving song titles, first lines, authors, etc. It is a useful way to find particular songs and, also, as it grows, is a step towards answering research questions, such as assessing their relative popularity (in terms of number of times printed). The Index currently runs to over 260,000 references and can be used online or downloaded for home use. Anyone interested in this can contact me direct (steveroud@gmail.com)

    Brief instructions for access online:
    https://www.vwml.org/
    click on the ‘Search the Roud Song Indexes only’ button, or use
    Advanced Search
    Select/deselect all
    Song Indexes down-arrow
    Roud Broadside Index.

    With best wishes
    Steve Roud

  3. Dear Sue, Our site isn’t officially launched as yet, however it will be going live in the next week or two. You will be able to see more information then.

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