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pirandello So thats seth lakeman is it (234* d) RE: So thats seth lakeman is it 13 Mar 07

Someone earlier (Shimrod?) said he was fed up with folk music being 'buggered about with' by 'trendies'.
Well I've got news for him-every 'traditional' tune has been buggered about with for centuries-just look at how many different versions there are of many of them. Folk music didn't stop in 1650 or 1829 or whenever but evolved and continues to do so, thankfully.
And while I'm at it why do so many traditionalists adopt a strange, nasal singing style with peculiar accents?
How do they know what constitutes being 'authentic'? They weren't around in 1747 and so have absolutely no idea how the song was sung.
Like most folk music which wasn't written down songs were passed on verbally and, naturally, they change over time.
So, someone explain please what constitutes tradition; hell, even 'folk' music. What's that then?

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