South Riding Folk Network The original version of this article appeared in SRFN News, Volume 24 (Autumn 1999)
Newsletter   No. 24   Dave Herron's Chapbook

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David Herron's Chapbook

I am a member of the Traditional Song Forum (TSF) and it was at one of their meetings that the idea first arose to publish a list of books currently available on traditional folk song. Members of the TSF are indicated by (TSF) in the listings below.

All the books listed in the first section below are currently in print and listed on British Books in Print. It is intended to provide singers and all those interested in folk songs with a starting point and access to the songs. Please note: I mean starting point! I hope other singers and musicians will feel free to add and update this list with their own favourites and discoveries. I have been writing under the name David Herron for other publications for some time, and so I have finally adapted it for my writings on folk music.

Dave Eckersley - Todmorden, West Yorks. February 1999.

Sources in Print

Expanded and updated by Malcolm Douglas, May/ August 2001.

Current prices are given where known; these may vary between retailers.

See also: Sources out of Print

IMPORTANT NOTE: Llanerch Publishers, referred to a number of times above, now trade as Llanerch Press.
New contact details:
Post: Llanerch Press, Penbryn Lodge, Pandy, Cribyn, Lampeter, Wales SA 48 7QH
Phone & Fax: (01570) 4705657

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Sources Out of Print

See also: Sources in Print

There are many wonderful sources of folk songs that are now out of print. The Vaughan Williams Library at the English Folk Dance & Song Society in London is the main resource in the UK for further investigation and research. For further information, see
David Atkinson's English Folk Song: an introductory bibliography based on the holdings of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library of the EFDSS is now available online.

There are, however, a number of titles that do appear in second hand bookshops and through specialist suppliers that are worth looking out for.

There are a number of websites which carry listings from second-hand book dealers all over the world; probably the most useful is, which also searches the indexes of other sites. Although it's more fun trawling through bookshops in person, the Internet now provides us with the opportunity of finding things far more easily. Patience and persistence can occasionally be rewarded; although prices tend to become standardised at high, "antiquarian" levels, bargains can still be had.

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