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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? 22 Sep 14

Al, forgive me, but I'm just a little confused here.

You said earlier:

'your stuff is music that used to be folk music, before the folks got pissed off with it'

'that's a bit how i feel about trad musicians. i respect their skill, but not their concept of what constitutes folk music'

The 'music that used to be folk music' still is, you can argue the toss here as much as you like, but you can't change that! And if you look at my earlier posts, you'll see that there is still a healthy taste for that 'original' folk music, at least where I am. Now, as I said earlier, I'm very comfortable to call a new song folk music, as long as it shows respect for, and the influence of the tradition from which it is then claiming to have evolved from.

I've never seen you performing, but due the miracle of the modern folk process (youtube) I've had a look at some of your songs, and have seen some excellent guitar playing, and very well delivered songs, that I would be very comfortable to see in a folk club, or billed as folk elsewhere, but what I don't understand is given that we have to accept that the traditional music of any country is their 'folk' music, as that is a matter of historical fact, and given what from your postings appears to be a dislike of that tradition, why do YOU want to hang your music on the 'folk' peg?

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