At our meeting in November 2002 our 'Forum Focus' session was on the use of the Internet in researching folk song. As a result of this discussion we produced a list of useful sites. Since then the Internet has totally transformed the way in which we do our research and has made many resources that would otherwise have required considerable time and travel to consult available to all.
list, first produced in 2002, has been updated over the years and the latest version (5th Edition) was completed in January 2016. It is now available on-line - click this link to download.
There are some electronic resources that are available only to those who can pay to access them or which are only available through university or other academic libraries. One of the benefits that membership of TSF offers is meeting other researchers who may (within legal and copyright constraints, of course) be able to assist you in getting access to these resources.
Steve Roud has provided a couple of useful collections of information for researchers. (These articles have been updated in March 2011)
An alphabetical index of the Child Ballads produced by Martin Graebe because the indexes most readily available are by Ballad Number
Rare Song Books
This section provides an opportunity to place on-line copies of rare collections of folk songs not available elsewhere. With the advent of sites like archive.org and other repositories of old texts (see the Song Resources on the Web leaflet for more links to books online) there are fewer old texts that we need to place here. There are still a few missing, though, so we will find a home for them here. Let us know if there are any others that you would like to see here.
This collection was one of the earliest to be published as songs with music, as collected orally from the original singer. It was also the first collection of traditional songs to be made by a woman anywhere in the world. Though many of the songs are nursery jingles or childrens songs, there are a number of adult songs and some good ballads. The last six songs in the book were taken, with the permission of the Broadwood family, from John Broadwood's collection of Sussex songs, published in 1847.
Books to come:
The books that I would like to add to this section include:
William Barrett, English Folk Songs, 1890 (in progress)
W H Gill, Songs of the British Folk, 1917
Alice Gillington, Songs of the Open Road, 1911