Coll. by Max Hunter Dubbed by M.C. Parler
Herbert Philbrick Croker, Mo.
Oct. 23, 1959
Reel 347, Item 7
Further Interview With Mr. Herbert Philbrick.)
("Back in 1957, when Mr. Philbrick sang for I and Clarence, in the afternoon we went and got the tape recorder and we moved it over into one of the booths is this little tavern, and the three of us was settin' there and we was singing back and forth. And after while here comes somebody else to set down with us; and in a short while here come a soldier or two from Ft. Leonard Wood; and before too late in the evening we had a right good crowd around that booth singin'.
("And at that time, on these songs and interviews, I was just taping the people and the songs and then destroying the tape, or using it over. So that's one reason that I'm back here to see Mr. Philbrick, is to get this down as a permanent record that there was such a man, that he did sing songs and could sing songs and still does sing. So that's one reason that I don't heve the original tape is that I used that tape over. And this one I intend to keep." MH)
This is not on the tape:
I met Max Hunter during the Eureka Springs Folk Festival in October 1957, and in December of that year he sang for my class in Arkansas Folklore. It was then that I first heard him sing "The Dewy Dens of Yarrow," which he had learned from Hr. Philbrick. It was my insistence on hearing his tape of the old man's singing of the song that made Max realize that collecting for its own sake was important, and that it was not enough to learn a song himself. Since that time, he has become, in my opinion, the best field collector of folk songs active today.
He may never succeed in getting Mr. Philbrick to re-sing, the Yarrow ballad; but in the light of his scrupulous purity in every detail of folksong collecting and folksong singing, we can accept his singing of "The Dewy Dens of Yarrow" as field collected.
The University of Arkansas Folklore Research Project has been allowed to copy all of Max Hunter's tapes, and is properly grateful for his generosity in allowing us to add to our Archives his extensive and valuable collection of folksongs from the Ozarks.
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