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Howard Jones Lots of new trad folk to hear (Bandcamp) (17) RE: Lots of new trad folk to hear (Bandcamp) 23 May 18

The problem with all these streaming sites is that the filtering categories are usually not sufficiently refined. For a general listener "folk" or even "traditional folk" may be sufficient, but anyone with a more specialist interest will want to narrow it down, to avoid being overwhelmed by the sheer number of tracks available online. So I want to distinguish between revival interpretations of traditional material and source singers; between Americana and British, between Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English, and perhaps even regional variations within those. I want to distinguish song from dance music.

iTunes has "Traditional Folk" as a sub-category of "Singer-songwriter" for god's sake. Gracenote, the database which tells you about an album when you load it into your computer, doesn't allow the artist to define even broad categories when submitting it to them. This is decided by someone in California who may have no specialised knowledge of that particular genre and so is frequently unreliable, and useless from the point of view of discovering new music.

Bandcamp is perhaps the most helpful as it does allow the artist to describe their own music and also to suggest their own "sounds like" comparisons.

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