Published in cooperation with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, this volume presents the songs with music, and annotations on their original sources and meaning.
Steve Roud is the Founder of the Roud Folk Song Index and the author of a number of major works on English folkways and customs, including The English Year. Julia Bishop has a PhD in folksong and is Chief Editor of the forthcoming edition of the James Madison Carpenter Folksong Collection.
Refreshing ... beautiful ... academic but lively ... the book
offers the experience of immersion into the strange, romantic and
occasionally frightening world these songs were, and are, a part of
... A triumphant addition to the English folk canon, both as a
source of reference and as an endlessly enjoyable collection to dip
The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs couldn't be better timed ... an utterly indispensable collection of music for murder, wooing and wanton abandon
Compelling ... fascinating and refreshingly objective ... Free of any cloying romanticism ... An impressive and nourishing book, with an appeal far beyond the folk aficionado. Roud and Bishop have created something vital
A wonderful resource of knowledge and scholarship