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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? 30 Sep 14

'it matters Mike because thats what it is, and the traditionalists have perverted and taken possession of an artform, which they don't understand.

How have the traditionalists 'perverted' an art form by wanting to maintain it in it's original form Al? And to say that they don't understand it is little short of insulting.

Whilst I personally like to 'muck around' with the tradition and accompany traditional songs in a rock style, it seems to me that we are extremely fortunate that there are those who want to preserve our heritage in it's original form, and long may they continue! As a race, the English have far to little pride in our heritage and traditions, try wandering around with a morris side sometime, yet, we lap up the other traditions of the British Isles.

We have to accept as an established historical fact that the tradition is there, whether you like it or not, and that the traditional music of a country is that country's 'real' folk music, and therefore the origin of the term, however we choose to interpret it now. I'm still puzzled, and you did not answer my question earlier, if you have so little respect for our tradition as you appear to from your posts here, why do you want to hang your hat on the 'folk' peg at all?

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