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Bounty Hound Definition of folk song (137* d) RE: Definition of folk song 04 Sep 14

Ok Jim, let's see if I can help you out a bit.

Explore means to investigate, enquire or discuss

Expand means to enlarge or make more extensive, or to give a fuller version of.

Borrow means to take something (belonging to someone else) with the intention of returning it.

All very different, you see Jim, what you can't do is take a 'definition' that you say you accept, and then change the meaning of it when realisation dawns that perhaps it means something different to what YOU want it to mean.

Lets just 'explore and expand' this a bit further. Can you 'borrow' your own tradition? I would say not. You may be influenced by it, you may maintain it, you may wish to develope it further.

So if the likes of Steeleye and Fairport were investigating, or 'exploring' the tradition and were developing or 'expanding' the tradition, that to my mind is a thoroughly healthy thing, as this ensures that the tradition does not die, and long may people continue to explore and expand the tradition or style!

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