The long awaited reprint of the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs, first published in 1959. Very influential in the folksong revival. Published by the English Folk Dance and Song Society, revised by Malcolm Douglas, foreword by Martin Carthy, and with an updated bibliography. 2003 154 pages
In Britain's multi-cultural Society, there are many evolving or imported folk traditions of known origin to which mythical pasts are attributed. There is a great lack of knowledge about these and yet writers and folklorists have sought to interpret them with very little real evidence on which to base their findings. Although designed primarily to provide cross-curricular teaching activities for key stage 2 pupils, this series provides ideas for working with children in any setting. These three books together work through a full calendar year. Each one concentrates on the material relevant to one school term. Their objective is to increase awareness of the traditional folk culture through a variety of means including fact sheets, songs, plays, dances and practical projects. Each one contains a short bibliography with suggestions for further reading.