Rock's Backpages Library Rock's Backpages
the online library of pop writing

Folk's man of mystery: is Cecil Sharp a folk hero or villain?

Colin Irwin, The Guardian, 24 March 2011

IT SOUNDS LIKE some hideous TV reality show dreamed up by Simon Cowell and Andrew Lloyd Webber during a night on the lash. Dump eight folk-music celebrities in a secluded house in Shropshire and give them six days to create from scratch a suite of songs to be performed in front of paying audiences in Shrewsbury and London and then recorded for a live album. Careers have been destroyed on less whimsical ideas.

Total word count of piece: 1427


Becoming a member is easy. Membership gives you access to all the thousands of articles in the library.

Click here to go to Subscribe page.

Click here for academic and other group subscriptions.