Theme for the next issue of the Missouri Folklore Society Journal -- "Ballads and Songs"

I need your articles by November 6th, 2008! 

I have been named editor for volume 28 of the Missouri Folklore Society Journal and I have chosen the theme "Ballads and Songs" for this issue in honor of the topic that sparked the founding of the original Missouri Folklore Society more than 100 years ago. The journal has traditionally focused on articles relating to folklore in Missouri, so I will give preference to articles addressing topics that are in some way connected with the state, but I will also consider articles focusing on other nearby geographic or cultural regions. There is no limit as to the length of articles and they do not have to be written in a scholarly style, though that is certainly welcome. We cannot pay authors for the articles we accept. (Note to academic writers: The MFSJ is not a peer-reviewed journal.)

I am interested in articles that deal with any aspect of traditional vocal music, including:

 

-- Singers

-- Individual, family, or community song repertoires

-- Vocal styles

-- Instruments and instrumental music styles used for accompanying singing

-- Individual songs and ballads

-- Collectors and their collections

-- Folk song information on the Internet

-- Critiques of existing song classification schemes  (Child, Laws, Roud, Digital Tradition, etc.)

-- Radio/television programs or recording companies specializing in folk music

-- Coffeehouses and other venues where folk music is/was performed

-- Organizations that promote folk songs and singing

-- Songs written about historical subjects in folk styles

-- The use of folk songs to teach history

-- First person narratives: your favorite songs, where and from whom you learned them, why you love them, etc.

-- Any other topic related to this theme

Please send me your manuscript as an attachment to an email. Id like to receive your article before the Missouri Folklore Society annual meeting (November 6th-8th). Thanks in advance for your submissions and for helping to make this an outstanding issue of the journal!   

Lyn Wolz, Director
Regents Center Library
University of Kansas, Edwards Campus
12600 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS  66213
913-897-8572
lwolz@ku.edu

 

Revised Edition of Belden

 

[This project has been put on the back burner for now.  It will start no sooner than 2010. You can contact Wolz to have your name put on a list of people who are interested in helping once the project starts. Thanks for your interest.]

 

I am currently working on a revised edition of H. M. Belden's classic book Ballads and Songs Collected by the Missouri Folklore Society.  This new edition will be jointly published online by the Missouri Folklore Society and the University of Missouri Press. My job as editor is to oversee the updating of the notes on each song concerning its appearance in books, journal articles, or recorded media since Belden finished writing his annotations in 1949, as well as any additional information that is valuable for the study of the song. Work is done on a volunteer basis, but credit will be given within the published edition. I will need the help of many scholars and researchers in this huge undertaking, so please contact me if you'd like to participate. Thank you.

 

Lyn Wolz, Director
Regents Center Library
University of Kansas, Edwards Campus
12600 Quivira Road
Overland Park, KS  66213
913-897-8572
lwolz@ku.edu

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