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Stories in song

Build your ballad with advice from adjudicator Alison Chisholm

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Ballads have been around for a long time. They were a part of the oral tradition, whereby information was transferred from one person to the next via the memorable rhythms of poetry. In written form, they have existed for hundreds of years across the world. As time has gone by and reading and writing have become virtually universal skills, the need to communicate essential material via the ballad has not been so urgent, and so the primary function of the ballad became entertainment.

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