Poplore (or the Ballads of Eileen and Caroline)

Who owns songs? Those who write them or those who sing along? Folksongs traditionally had a sense of collective ownership. When they started to be distributed through print rather than orally, the ownership of these songs shifted from the community to the individual. ‘Poplore’ explores the songs Come On Eileen and Sweet Caroline which, in terms of their significance in British culture, are arguably the closest we have to modern-day folksongs. Through cementing these new versions in print, given to me line-by-line by the public from memory, I seek to re-establish these collectively owned versions back into the world.