Boatright et al.'s
A Good Tale and a Bonnie Tune
A Good Tale and a Bonnie Tune is now available as a free e-book at
the UNT Digital Library and The Portal to Texas History.
“A good tale tell’t well, an’ a bonnie tune… and ye’ve a rare song.
And fa widna sing it?” So said a Scotswoman, explaining what a ballad of
American Indians and Texas Rangers was doing in the repertory of a
Scottish traditional singer.
The quotation furnishes a particularly appropriate title for this
collection of Texas folklore, which features a symposium on “Folksong
and Folksong Scholarship” by five men eminent in the field of folk
music. Exploring changing approaches and attitudes in his exciting area
of folklore are Tristram P. Coffin, secretary-treasurer of the American
Folklore Society and author or editor of a number of books; John
Greenway, editor of the Journal of American Folklore; W. Edson
Richmond, editor of Midwest Folklore and teacher of courses on the
ballad at the University of Indiana; D. K. Wilgus, author of
Anglo-American Folksong Scholarship Since 1898; and George Foss,
enthnomusicologist and member of the National Symphony Orchestra in
Washington, D. C.
Good tales are represented in this volume by Frank Dobie and by Riley
Aiken. Folklore in its travels is studied by Roger Abrahams, and Kenneth
Goldstein. E. Bagby Atwood analyzes the variations of the cacophonous
custom of the charivari or shivaree as it has been observed in different
times and regions. George D. Hendricks compares versions of the origin
and nature of woman, and John Q. Anderson surveys origins of stream
names, among other topics covered in this volume.