New Play by Nell Leyshon Explores Ambivalences in Folk Song Collecting
In a recent essay in the The Guardian, Nell Leyshon describes the inspiration and issues of her new play Folk, soon to be staged in London, that explores questions of representation and intellectual property in early 20th-century English folk song collecting. The play focuses on two sisters, Louie Hooper and Lucy White, “whose – uncredited – recall of traditional songs helped Cecil Sharp save the music from extinction. It’s an ambivalent legacy.”
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