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Bounty Hound What makes a new song a folk song? (1710* d) RE: What makes a new song a folk song? 29 Aug 14


"as one who thinks there can be no such thing as new or recent 'folk' song"!
Never said any such thing

From: Jim Carroll - PM
Date: 28 Aug 14 -
09:22 AM

"I write songs in traditional folk style. Does that make them "folk"
You can't write folk songs any more than you can write hit songs - it's not your decision to make.
Jim Carroll

Sorry Jim, must have misunderstood the words 'you can't write a folk song'!

And of course the UK has a living tradition, and I'm pleased to inform you that it always will have whilst people are still writing songs and tunes influenced by, and paying respect to that tradition.

Presumably, if we follow your thoughts, there must be a time when that 'living tradition' ceased, and therefore any song written after that time is not a 'folk' song, perhaps you can tell us when that happened!

I'm quite sure you understood the point I was making using Bellamy as an example, but chose not to answer, I'm certain there would be universal acceptance of Bellamy as a 'folk singer', one of the songs I quoted in my earlier post fits your 'definition', so do tell us, how would you 'define' the possibly more recent song, author unknown, and the song written by the man himself?


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