'Through Devon by Dogcart and Bicycle: The Folk Song Collaboration of Sabine Baring-Gould and Cecil Sharp, 1904 - 17'' 

This article appeared in the 2008 issue of Folk Music Journal. Surprisingly, it was the first article about Baring-Gould to appear in the Journal or in its predecessors. It appears here by permission of the Editor and of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.

The abstract for the article is as follows:

The name of Cecil Sharp and his position as a collector of and advocate for folk song is well known to a large section of the public, and the centenary of his first folk song collecting was marked by a number of events and publications in August 2003. That of Sabine Baring-Gould is, generally, less familiar, at least as a collector of folk songs, although many people might know of him as the author of the hymn 'Onward, Christian Soldiers' or through his other work as novelist, antiquarian, hagiographer, and travel writer. Sharp was twenty-five years younger than Baring-Gould and began his song collecting fifteen years after Baring-Gould had started the main phase of his own work. Sharp initially sought out Baring-Gould for advice, and this led to a close collaborative relationship between 1904 and 1907. The two men met a number of times and, it is clear, had a respect for one another which was maintained, through visits and through correspondence, over several further years. Working together, they established many of the working practices for the song collectors who followed them and had a profound influence on folk song collection in England during the first half of the twentieth century. Their collaboration has not previously been studied in any detail, and this article seeks to explore and explain their relationship, making use of letters and papers from their manuscripts as well as other published and unpublished sources.

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