Steve Roud

The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs
  • The New Penguin Book of English Folk Songs

  • The definitive collection of folk music - one of the great English popular art forms

    One of the great English popular art forms, the folk song can be painful, satirical, erotic, dramatic, rueful or funny. This magical new collection brings together all the classic folk songs as well as many lesser-known discoveries, complete with music and annotations on their original sources and meaning. Published in cooperation with the English Folk Dance and Song Society, it is a worthy successor to Ralph Vaughan Williams and A. L. Lloyd's original Penguin Book of English Folk Songs.

Steve Roud has been researching British folklore for over thirty years and is the joint author of the Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore, plus other books on traditional drama and folk song. He also compiles the Folk Song Index and the Broadside Index, two internationally known computer databases of traditional folk and popular song. He served as Honorary Librarian of the Folklore Society for over fifteen years. He lives in Sussex.